A wildlife diary of the western Isle Of Wight's beautiful countryside!
Monday, February 20, 2012
Success!! Encouraging Foxes & Badgers into the back garden (Part 2).
I've been really encouraged by the initial results of my efforts to try to encourage our local Foxes and Badgers into the back garden (see below).
This morning my sand tray looked like this:
There is a nice pair of front Badger feet, together with what looks like the prints of one of the small local cats.
These are the front feet - the distance of the claw tips in front of the toe pads gives an idea of just how long the claws are!
These are the prints of a Red Fox that visited the garden the first evening I tried this. The sand was too dry to make a good impression, so I dampened it to get the better results for the badger.
Last night's sharp frost has meant that it is fairly easy to see how the Badger has wandered around the garden in its heavy-footed plantigrade way.
This is one of the reasons why most people don't like to encourage Badgers into their gardens!! I've repaired the damage here and in a few other places....hopefully any further damage will remain at this low level for a while.
The next stage is to attempt to get a photo or bit of video of our nocturnal visitors!