The first half of Rem G this last Friday were the first to split into two smaller groups: one intending to observe and catalogue the woodland birds at the feeder (using the observation hide in the field classroom); the other to collect a second week's footage from the main badger sett (site 2). In theory, the bird group should have seen a lot more real-life wildlife than my badger group did, though the only two entries on their log sheet rather summed up the first part of their afternoon:
2:30 - Survey started
2:35 - Started raining. No birds!
2:41 - High pitched tweeting; small bird? Did not see it.
So their survey was a washout; but after they went on to pay a brief visit to the path-side sett, and after the badger group had done the work of observing the main sett and fetching back the camera footage from site 2, we all observed and logged some fantastic badger behaviour on the monitor back at the field classroom: an adult badger bringing new bedding material to the sett, and dragging it into the burrow.
All this footage is from a period of 15 minutes in the early evening (8:50 - 9:04 pm) of October 1st. We will monitor progress again next week, alongside a new project to look at the fruiting fungi in the reserve.