Saturday, 18 March 2017

A Badger Sett

The badgers on western Ardnamurchan are nomadic, moving across large tracts of the peninsula, so they've been active at various times near Bourblaige, at Portuairk, and at the back of Ormsaigbeg.

Not far from where the road passes the Kilchoan Recycling Centre - the dump as it was called - there's a small hill which, over the years, has shown signs of badger visits but....

....there's now evidence that their activity has been recent. Four holes have been excavated. The earth the badgers have thrown out looks very fresh but....

....the content of the nearby badgers' latrine is weathered, suggesting that the group may already have moved on.

About a hundred metres further round the hill there are four more holes, undoubtably excavated by badgers, but the bracken stalks blocking the entrances confirm that they haven't been used in several months. However, as can be seen at bottom left of the picture, there are what look like badger tracks, so they've been back to look at their old homes.

Many thanks to Kilchoan Early Bird for drawing my attention to the recent activity.

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