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Nocturnal Animals

Update 01.07.22

Ron having a browse

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Fluffy fox, look at the fluffy cheeks

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Update 24.06.22

Snail pace

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We normally don't see these very important snails they belong to the group of Mollusks which are a large group of invertebrate animals. They eat decaying waste from plants and other animals and sometimes the eat juice garden plants, which makes the them not very well loved by gardeners.

Hedgehogs on the go

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Fox looking for something to eat

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First time a juvenile fox has come on our school grounds, it is making the most of all the beatles, earthworms and anything else it can find to eat

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This is the time of year that fox cubs are starting to move a way from their den, to look for food. Although this one is slightly early, because normally they will leave the den in July. This could be that due to the draught less food is available at the den site so they have to travel further afield to find food. Sometime the can travel up to 6 km away from their den in one night.

When your scared of your own reflection

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Possibly this is the first time this fox has come across a water bowl and seen its own reflection. There is a big world around him to discover, stay safe little one. It looks rather cute with the big ears.

And this is how it is done, juvenile fox could have learned from this adult fox. Can you see the size difference?

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Update 17.06.22

Rain or shine you still have to go out to get food

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Powerful claws make good diggers

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This badger is digging it's way out of the school grounds

Where's the fire?

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Nosing around

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Roaming our school grounds in search of food

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You can see how early it gets light in the background

Leaving a calling card

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One fox scent marks, so another fox knows who's territory it is

Sorry fox water has run out

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What little critter is troubling you fox

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Hedgehog is here again

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Update 27.05.22

Help I have a follower

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Dig, dig I'm out

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Badger u-turn

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No I'm staying in

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When the water is all gone, you might as well put your paws in the bowls

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Where is the way out?

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Oh there it is

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Fox - cat meeting, how is waiting outside the gate?

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Harvestman

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Although it looks like a long-legged spider, it isn’t one. It is closely related to spiders. Unlike the spiders, it has no silk glands so is not able to spin a web. It does not have fangs and does not produce venom.

It catches its insect prey by using hooks on the ends of its legs. These arachnids defend themselves by secreting a foul-smelling fluid. If they are caught, they are able to shed a leg to escape.

Hedgehog

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Update 20.05.22

It was busy with visiting badgers, we have more than one visiting badger can you see the difference?

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Badgers in reverse

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Foxes coming and going

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Some have arrived really early in the evening

Fox leaving early in the morning

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We can finally see which colour our visiting fox has.

Wait for it .......................... no not sure

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New fox or Scruffy who's coat is in much better condition?

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Not only the birds make use of the water bowl, it's a lifeline for this fox as well

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What a handsome fox

When you know you've overeaten, because you have to dig your way out

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Hedgehog

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Update 06.05.22

So many badgers coming in and out

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Hi newbie fox, what's up?

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One very nervous fox trying to get out

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Probably a new visiting fox, trying to get out. You can see it panting of distress at one point. Although foxes can get through holes as little as 13 cm in hight this one is not sure about it.

Bye little hedgehog

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Update 29.04.22

Hedgehog foraging

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Hedgehog on the move

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They seem to show up everywhere

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Hedgehogs are in decline, so that we have some many visiting is good sign, apparently there is lots to eat on our grounds

Take a moment to relax whilst having a look at the hedgehog looking for food

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All is done in the pitch black, so their nose is working overtime looking for beatles, small mice, earthworm etc.

And that is why hedgehogs have spikes (video not for our younger viewers, suitable for pupils in year 5, year 6 and up PG)

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Roling into a ball is a perfect way to survive an attack by a predator. This video is intense to watch, but has some great animal behaviour.

No meal, so you have to find another one

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Ron found a meal as well, presumably a woodmouse, looking at the size of what went in

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It has been really busy with all these badgers coming and going

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Ron having a nose around the branch heap

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Update 01.04.22

Ron is on high alert, but why?

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Look at its pricked up ears and tail curling round, he is looking and listening at something we cannot see.

Ron is being told off, possibly by Ginger defending its territory.

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So who will come out top fox dog? Listen to the sounds they are making and look at their body positions, curly back and ears flat in their necks.

Ron whimpering and feeling pretty sorry for itself

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Still not over the shock

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Badgers in and out

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Look who's passing through

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This hedgehog must be really hungry after the hibernation period

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A nose working overtime

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Still feeding

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Other place, other hedgehog?

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Update 25.03.22

Badger going out

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Look who is out of hibernation

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Take a close look at this hedgehog, it looks quite good no marks on the spines

Second hedgehog coming to visit

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Look at this ones spines, clear marked and it has some ticks on its back, so clearly not in top condition

Meet Ginger

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Never been so close to the camera, have a good look at what he looks like

Update 18.03.22

Someone has a muddy snout

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Better hurry up

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Time to go

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Update 11.03.22

Very speedy badger in and out

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Oh no, I forgot something

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Lame fox having another try to get food

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When food catching fails just have a drink

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After the drink you continue looking for food

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Lame fox in and out

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Update 04.03.22

What is Ron the fox doing, answer the question by clinking the link underneath this video

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Our lame fox hunting for food again.

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Ears and nose are working overtime to locate where the food is, not sure what is it eating now, but is seems quite successful

View from the other side of the lame fox hunting

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Tummy full time to go or maybe not?

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What is roaming about behind the fence?

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Our badger is back, it managed to get in once more. Welcome back

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Update 25.02.22

On the hunt for some food

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Lucky fox, you have to get your daily proteins to stay healthy

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If the fox can't find any other prey, some juicy earthworms will give it some of the protein it needs, although it probably has to eat a lot.

Ron having a sniff

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Update 11.02.22

Ron having a drink

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A nose dive to catch food

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Still looking for food

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Ears are doing overtime

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Someone's having a little snack

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All those leaves

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Nose is smelling something, look at it go

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Ron also seems to like the left drinking bowl more

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Update 04.02.22

Left or right, why is the fox going left one night and right the other?

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You have a leaf on you

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Look who showed up in broad daylight

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As you can see it is on its guard, its all ears and aware of anything that could scare it away. Apart from its deformed leg its a stunning fox a real survivor.

Better make sure all is clear

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No not save to go out that way

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Ron is having second thoughts about leaving

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Ron not satisfied with the state of the water bowls

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This is a very beautiful fox, looks really healthy and well fed with a very warm fluffy fur coat. Is looking very relaxed and unstressed, although its ears are pricked up just in case.

Even in our orchard a fox showed up

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Shouldn't you be hibernating?

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Normally at this time of year hedgehogs are hibernating, but maybe because of the rise in temperature it woke up an decided to get some food. Hopefully it will go back to hibernate.

Update 28.01.22

Bendy Ron

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Did you know that the gap under that fence is only 13 cm heigh, foxes are really good at slithering through small openings, clever foxes

What Ron can do, Scruffy can do as well, even with a painful paw

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Oh no, I'm stuck

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No, not going there

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Time for a yawn

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Update 21.01.22

Hello, is there any food here?

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Watch how a fox catches its food, probably earthworms again

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Full tummy, time to go

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Scruffy is back

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Sometimes you have to dig your way out

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Scruffy in and out

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Look at it stretching to come in

Update 14.01.22

 

Look at how careful the foxes listen before going in or out

Badger alert

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Badgers are still coming, but not as frequent

Ron carefully coming in

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Is it safe to go out?

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Just sit down and think

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Ron having a change of plan

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Who's been here before?

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The sense of smell is very good, so any scent mark from another fox is really important for them, it might be an intruder in their territory

Close up of munching fox

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Update 17.12.21

Ron is back

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Look who's here, back after months

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Survival champion still going even with a broken leg, you eat well fox

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The leg has healed as it is, but you can see the fox is not using it. What a tough cookie

Close up of the lame fox, beautiful full tail and great coat. Prepared for winter

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And gone

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What spooked Ron?

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Who is this unknown fox

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As you can see one eye has lost it's sparkle, so it probably has only one working eye.

Here it is again, does it dare to come in?

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Update 10.12.21

Don't blinck or you'll miss it

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Big ears, small body, long tail, can you see me?

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Update 03.12.21

Hedgehog spotted, right corner below

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Badgers coming and going out

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It's a badger coming and going

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Very healthy looking fox inspecting the grounds and leaving

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Pompom leaving

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They have been very active those foxes

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Fox meet up, do they know each other?

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Thirsty fox in freezing cold weather, look at the temperature

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Update 26.11.21

Badgers coming in and leaving after a couple of hours of munching on our grounds

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Foxes on a mission

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Another one on the fox highway

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Look at the fox using its nose to find things

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Although foxes have great night vision, they also rely on their noses to find food and maybe other foxes

What's over here?

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What a beautiful fox, looks the picture of good health, full bushy tail, thick fur

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The only way is out

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Two different foxes, one has a limp on the hind leg, but they both have those bushy tails.

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Update 19.11.21

Apparently in a hurry

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Just keeping to the background

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Just leaving

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Update 12.11.21

Lots of hedgehog activity

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Is there anything to munch on here?

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Fox checking out the camera

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Going? Or maybe not!

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Having a stroll and a sniff

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No, shouldn't be here

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Fox leaving its 'calling card'

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That's wildlife for you

One fox visits, hours later the other sniffs it out and scent marks

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No not the right spot

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Quick sniff and off

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Update 05.11.21

The badger and the fox ……

This is what Fox Behaviour Expert Prof. D Scott thinks is going on:

Looks like the badger is marking it as a territory. The Fox then comes along and tries to bury the badger sent with its nose. Presumably this is because the fox also wants it as a territory due to the fact that it’s on a border and it is the only area where the animals can pass through. So it looks like the fox is trying to cover the scent of the badger. 

Lots of foxes visiting

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Male fox by the looks of it

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Just passing through

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Badger scentmarking

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Exploring badger

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Update 22.10.21

Fluff yourself up fox

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A very beautiful fox, a frequent visitor

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Checking out the compost heap

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Our regular badger in and out

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If it doesn't fit you make it fit!

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Badgers have great claws which the can use for digging or catching food. Here you see some digging in action.

Hedgehog not in a hurry, enjoy it going about its business

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Update 14.10.21

Did the fox have a Vine sleepover…..?

Click on the link to find out

Fox at his favourite spot

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Even in the day it still comes back

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Look at its beautiful bushy tail, did you know they like to wrap it around their face when sleeping so it keeps nice and warm on a cold day.

Oh the badger also seems to like this place

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Update 08.10.21

Guess who's rushing past the camera?

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Where is the hedgehog going?

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The fox, water bowl and the cat

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You have to be agile to come in here, fox is a champion at it

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Update 01.10.21

 

Some amazing badger and foxes footage

Foxes nocturnal????

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'Nocturnal' fox having a good old scratch

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Yes, it is nocturnal, fox with food can you see what it is?

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Night time visitor on various days

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And back again

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Fox and cat living side by side

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What a handsome badger

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Badger having a nose round

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Update 24.09.21

Hedgehog nearly too quick for the camera

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Well fed male badger braving the rain

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One fox comes in, the other is reluctant and doesn't and other one leaves

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Tough cookie

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This fox must be a very tough cookie. The paw doesn't look well, but it manages to move around and even get food, by the look of it.

Checking out the decking on a very warm summernight

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New very shy fox, with deformed paw, having a drink. Approaching very carefully

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Summer nights makes you thirsty

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Now what can I find here?

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Update 16.07.21

Look who's come to visit us again

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What's not to like about this beautiful fox, we can finally see it's beautiful face

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Thirsty again

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Our injured fox is getting better, see it slither under the gate

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Water is good here at school and off he goes

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Let's check out the camera

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Badger in .............. and badger out

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Someones NOT happy with the other hedgehogs presence, some territorial behaviour between two hedgehogs

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Better hide/roll into a ball, a hedgehog's way to survive an attack (bottom of the screen right you can see the ball breath)

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Still not happy, more fighting

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I need a drink

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Slightly camouflaged our defeated hedgehog leaves

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Update 09.07.21

Hedgehog heading home

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Itchy hedgehog

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I'm going

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Fox drinking

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Same night back for another drink, must be thirsty

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Slinking under the fence, what a fox

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Despite the camp over, this badger is taking it's chances

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No, I'm going home, too wet!

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Update 01.07.21

Have you been digging the hole?

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Yes, this could be our digger

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What is it trying to catch

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Nearly nosediving to catch something

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Just a moment to relax

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Fox having a total bonkers moment

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Fox checking on the compost again, daddy long legs (crane fly) flying past

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That deserves a drink

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Taking a moment to 'relax and think'

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Off he goes (luckily his hind leg is healing again)

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Don't blink you might miss the speedy hedgehog

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Oh no, I forgot something

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This one is also in a hurry, what's going on

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Update 24.06.21

Start your morning with a refreshing drink Mr Fox

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Come night time, unfortunately there was almost no water left

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Look how the fox is using its paw to get the last traces of water out.

Another day, with more luck on having a drink

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Another opening for the fox to get through, see how he's slinking through it

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Mr Fox bouncing into the ground, just put on the accelerator

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Badger entering

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Don't worry I'm just passing through

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Another day coming back for more at what our school grounds have to offer

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Update 18.06.21

A very thirsty badger

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The hegdehog is back

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What's going on?

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Off it went

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Escape route

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Mr Fox having a drink

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Where's the drink gone?

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Off he goes

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What's over there?

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Finding something to eat

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Still nothing

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Update 11.06.21

Badgers & foxes some of them seem injured, because they are limping.

Handsome badger in the rain

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Just give it a shake

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Go or no go?

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Indicisive badger

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This one has a slight limp on the back leg.

Sorry, Mr Fox no school today, but you were on time

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Fox in bright daylight, notice how it is limping and not putting any weight on it. It looks a bit scruffy, hopefully it will be alright.

Same limping fox looking for a place to get in

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Not the best way out today

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Another day, walking slightly better

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Longing to get out

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Stunning juvenile fox

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Update 21.05.2021

Badgers having a great time on our schoolgrounds.

Badger making a quick entrance

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Badger investigating

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Still not convinced

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That itch

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Sound up, badger shaking

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Going for it?

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Yep, going for it

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The Vine's Banquet

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Did you know that earthworms make out a big part of the badger's diet an important source of protein.

Do you want some as well?

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Excuse me! That is not allowed on our schoolgrounds, now leave!

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That's nature for you.

Fox trying to get out

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How many attempts do you think he will do to get out?

Another attempt

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Fox still struggling, badger no problems with it

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Fence biting might help

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Little bit of digging, maybe?

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Nearly there

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Work those hips

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How unbelievable bendy is this fox? Did you notice how long its tail is, not so bushy yet, it looks quite a young fox.

Badger posing and listening

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Do you notice how small and close to his head his ears are, well adapted for living in a burrow

What did the badger hear?

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Where is the food?

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Can you spot the hedgehog

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Update 07.05.2021

 

Having repositioned the cameras resulted in new fantastic footage of badgers sniffing and chewing food, put your volume up to get the full experience.

Badger sniffing for food

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He should work on his table manners smacking that loud

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Little bit later still going, he fully relies on his nose to find the food, because it is totally dark

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Looking elsewhere for food, not much luck though

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Hedgehog on the go

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Hedgehog looking for food

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Badger entrance

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Is there a badger party somewhere?

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Hopefully they social distance. These are three different badgers, can you see the difference?

Badger having a munch

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If you turn the volume up, you can hear it sniffing out the food and eat. It is pitch dark where it is, so it needs its nose to find the food.

Badger looking for food

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Just can't get enough of it

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Time to go

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Look how agile it is

Update 23.04.2021

Hedgehog

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Hedgehog looking for food

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Speedy little woodmouse

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Badger unable to pass through gate

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Where are the earthworms?

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Update 16.04.2021

Hedgehogs have come out of hibernation

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Hedgehog on a mission

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Hedgehogs are really speedy when they are walking. Having foxes and badgers visiting the schoolgrounds, they better walk fast, foxes and badgers being their main predators. Do you know what defence mechanism hedgehogs use to stay safe?

To find out more about the hedgehog please follow the link

Badger

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Badger going places

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Badger with an itch

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Fox (vixen= female fox)

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She is probably looking after some cubs in a den somewhere, who might be about 4 weeks old now.

Nosy fox

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To find out more fox facts please follow the link

Update 26.03.21

Do you know what it is?

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Little wood mouse nibbling away

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Can you see how big its ears and eyes are all needed to make it a great nocturnal survivor

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Off it goes

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It must feel quite save eating its food on the spot, they normally would take it to their nest.

Still hungry, coming back for more

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Wood mouse facts or continue for badger and fox footage

A new badger came to visit

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This badger has one blind eye

Fox made a quick visit

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Update 12.03.21

The badger is back

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To let other badgers know you passed by and this is your territory, you scent mark.

Keeping it's distance

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Our fox also made an appearance, look at his eyes.

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Update 05.03.2021

What is roaming around in the dark?

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Who is our new shy visitor

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Very shy indeed

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Now you can see our new visitor

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Our stunning visitor reveals itself

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As you can see the badger is using its great sense of smell to sniff out any food. As it is pitch dark, it is no wonder it bumps into our wildlife camera which doesn’t cause any interference with the animals.

Off it goes

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After hopefully having eaten enough food, he leaves again to find some more elsewhere, or maybe return to his sett.

Look who came back

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Have a look at how it left

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Can you guess which animal it is? Watch at the right side of the screen carefully, it disappears very quickly, maybe you need to play it more than once to see it.

Look at the lower right side

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Have you guessed what animal it is, then look at this clip to be sure

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