I made an interesting discovery today in Big Wood. A new badger entrance had been dug on an existing badger path but the hole had been dug going underneath a very large tree. It must have been incredibly hard work digging that out even for the powerful badger.
Most of the local badgers in Erddig are the black and white variety but we are privileged to also have the rarer ‘Erythristic’ variant with a genetic difference giving their fur a silvery/sandy colouration. The sandy badgers seemed to
be primarily based in Coed-y-Glyn Wood but at the new sett I found the tell-tale hairs of a sandy badger. There’s only one entrance so far but maybe more will appear soon.
I’ve sat in the woods before in the dark watching the badgers. I found that they had a particular liking for peanut butter sandwiches, and on one occasion a sneaky badger cub crept up behind me and swiped my bag – no doubt he kept the tasty treats it contained all for himself!
Erddig has a healthy population of badgers and there are plenty of opportunities to see these beautiful creatures close up for anyone interested. They often appear before daylight has completely faded but be prepared to sit quietly waiting for an hour or so. Make sure you are up-wind and you will be able to experience the delight in sharing the woodland with these beautiful, shy, but inquisitive creatures.
Picture shows a common bager and sandy badger together. Image courtesy of wildaboutbritain.co.uk.