Autumn Badgers

Last night I set my trail camera up at one of my local badger setts. In the past I’ve filmed all sorts of behavior at this particular sett and I regularly set my camera up there. No matter how many times I set my camera up there I am always extremely excited to collect my camera the next morning to see what I have managed to film.

As I’ve been filming at this sett for over a year now it is interesting to compare the footage I was getting this time last year to this year. From previous experiences, I find that at this time of the year the badgers are active closer to the sett as they are preparing for the winter. They are also much more interested in the food I leave out.

Almost to the day last year I filmed some of my favorite badger footage. Last nights wasn’t as interesting but I’m hoping to perhaps get some more, like last years, in the next few weeks. Here’s a few clips from last year.

Now here’s some of the clips I got last night.

 

Surprise Swallowtail.

Last Friday night I went to an event at Elford Hall Gardens, Staffordshire. The gardens here are very beautiful and the site is one of my favorite spots. At the site they have lots of volunteers to help maintain it and make it such a lovely place. At the site there is a walled garden, an orchard, paths all around and the River Tame flowing through at the far end. Along with maintaining all the flora here the fauna is also very important to them. When I visited in the summer there was a whole variety of different butterflies about, dragonflies and damselflies down by the river and a range of different bird species. At the gardens badgers can also been seen along with recorded evidence of an otter at the river.

When I went to the event last Friday night we were moth trapping. Two different types of moth traps were set up. A lot of moths were caught and identified and I also had a brilliant time! Along with the moth trapping event last week it was good to catch up with the site manager there, Dave. Back in early July he took on a project to introduce some swallowtail butterflies to the area.

In the early stages they resemble bird droppings and it is only later on that they get their full colours as in the photo. By mid August they were starting to pupate and  I could see 5 fixed to the top of the sleeve around their host plant of fennel.

These pupae should of wintered in that state to emerge late May, early June of 2015. But then one emerged on the 2nd of September. It stayed around the site for a few hours, posing for photographs. The remaining pupae are now in a cool area and he hopes they will emerge, as intended, next year. Swallowtail butterflies are native to the UK but very rare. Here are some brilliant photos of the swallowtail at caterpillar, pupae and imago stages.

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Full Colour Foxes!

Over the past few weeks I have been setting my trail camera around my school to record fox cubs. The first time, I recorded three foxes and some unusual behaviour, then I recorded a suspected four cubs all together. After this I then caught the camera being controlled by one of the fox cubs. This time I’ve managed to record a fox in colour as he visited early in the morning which I was very pleased about.

Here’s some of the best footage I got from this time round!

 

Fox cub filmmakers!

Last night I set my trail camera up on my school field again to record some fox cubs. Like the other night I got some super footage and managed to record some great behavior. Last time I filmed three cubs altogether but last night I recorded four. They were a lot more confident this time too and even had a go at controlling the trail camera themselves!

Here’s some of the best footage!