Young Badger, Derbyshire, Peak District NP. Over time this young badger got completely used to my presence near the sett and didn’t react at all to noise or slight movement. Despite this I would always keep as quiet and still as I could for fear of breaking the trust I had built up with these incredibly timid creatures. Despite being incredibly shy and elusive, badgers are one of my favourite British species to photograph.
Young Badger – About Badgers:
Badgers are one of Britain’s most evocative and easily recognisable mammals. These gentle woodland creatures have faced severe persecution over the years, so they have developed a strong fear of humans. This elusive personality, combined with their photogenic nature makes them pretty high up on any wildlife photographers list.
Badgers are largely nocturnal and extremely shy but remain one of the UK’s favourite mammals. Highly sociable creatures, they live together in large underground setts, typically with many entrances. Many believe the best way to identify an active sett is by the entrance hole, as badgers typically favour a characteristic sideways ‘D’ shape entrance. However the entrance shape can be misleading as many animals can occupy old setts. Badgers, foxes, rabbits and even otters have all been known to take over each others old burrows. Actually one of the best ways to tell is by the presence of fresh piles of dirt outside, Badgers are voracious diggers and are constantly expanding their setts.
You can find more about the badger here.
If you would prefer to save yourself all the time and hard work looking for badgers yourself, why not book one of my very popular Badger Photography Workshops? Over the years I have located hundreds of active setts. These have been carefully monitored for cubs, daylight activity, an open setting and the best light, with workshops run at the best of the best.
Visit the badger gallery.
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