Badger Sow Is Worrying Me, Shows Signs of Being Unwell, Possibly Sick

The badger sow, mother of three beautiful and healthy cubs, started exhibiting the concerning signs of being unwell. I don’t know at this time what exactly is wrong with her and why she acts so sickly, but seeing how unwell she is made me worry. It truly gripped my heart watching the latest trail camera … Continue reading “Badger Sow Is Worrying Me, Shows Signs of Being Unwell, Possibly Sick”

Baby Badgers Come Out of Sett Again and Play on Their Own While Mother Drags Leaves Inside

The baby badgers seem to be growing fast. The mother badger recently took them out of the sett for the first time, and on their second day out, they already played on their own. On their first day out, the babies mostly stayed by the mother. Granted, one wandered away and the mother had to … Continue reading “Baby Badgers Come Out of Sett Again and Play on Their Own While Mother Drags Leaves Inside”

Female Badger Gives Birth to Three Babies, Trail Cams Capture Moment She Took Them Out for First Time

It hasn’t been all that long since the sett of the badger pair was visited by an intruding boar who sought to mate with the resident sow. It would seem the mating was successful, the sow got pregnant and gave birth to three healthy, beautiful badger babies. After my latest trip to the badger pair’s … Continue reading “Female Badger Gives Birth to Three Babies, Trail Cams Capture Moment She Took Them Out for First Time”

Trail Cam Footage of European Badger Pair Outside Their Sett

Not too long ago, a rare event happened at the sett of the badger pair which I have been monitoring for about a year, whereby a large boar intruded upon the dwelling of the pair to mate with the sow. The mating in fact took place and my trail camera stationed at the sett was … Continue reading “Trail Cam Footage of European Badger Pair Outside Their Sett”

Trail Cam Footage of European Badgers After Early Spring Snow

After the intrusion of the large boar who sought to mate with the resident sow, the sett of the badger pair calmed down a little and things somewhat returned to normal. At least for the time being and at least so it would seem. Because winters now get colder than they used to and because … Continue reading “Trail Cam Footage of European Badgers After Early Spring Snow”

Blackthorn (Prunus Spinosa) – Hardy Bushes in Full Bloom

Even though I filmed this video very early in the season, when hardly anything else blooms, leastways not among the trees and bushes, Blackthorn (Prunus Spinosa), also known as “Sloe” in England is all out. Yet in my climate, even though it’s technically already Spring, we get at best +6 degrees Celsius during the day, … Continue reading “Blackthorn (Prunus Spinosa) – Hardy Bushes in Full Bloom”

Sett of Badger Pair Intruded Upon by Large Boar Looking to Mate with Sow

I have been monitoring the sett of the badger pair for many months. The sett is a long hike away – about 8 kilometers on foot, first up a hill, then across a sprawling ridge with fields on top, and then through a distant part of the forest. It’s a whole day undertaking to hike … Continue reading “Sett of Badger Pair Intruded Upon by Large Boar Looking to Mate with Sow”

I Take Hike to Sett of Badger Pair, Trail Cam Footage Shows Them Active in Winter

I have been monitoring the sett of the European Badger pair (Meles Meles) for almost a year. This is however only the second time I documented my trip to the sett on video. The first document was part of the Injured Badger Hole Series, Episode 06. I made plans and announced the intent to go … Continue reading “I Take Hike to Sett of Badger Pair, Trail Cam Footage Shows Them Active in Winter”

How to Identify Red-Belted Polypore (Fomitopsis Pinicola) – Shelf Fungus with Medicinal Properties

Fomitopsis Pinicola, otherwise known as the Red Belted Polypore, is a basiaiomycete fungus of the Fomitopsidaceae family. While its botanical (Latin) name refers to the conifers on which it predominantly grows, its vernacular name returns to the characteristic red band lining the outer edge of the upper side of the mushroom. Red Belted Polypore Identification … Continue reading “How to Identify Red-Belted Polypore (Fomitopsis Pinicola) – Shelf Fungus with Medicinal Properties”

Alder Tree (Alnus sp.) – How to Identify and Know Difference from Hazel

The Alder (Alnus species) is a genus of a tree, or a shrub, belonging to the Birch family (Betulaceae). There are a few dozen species of the Alder growing around the world. Here in Central Europe, three species occur natively: Green Alder (Alnus Alnobetula), Grey Alder (Alnus Incana) and Black Alder (Alnus Glutinosa). The Black … Continue reading “Alder Tree (Alnus sp.) – How to Identify and Know Difference from Hazel”