“Near my village is a large mound of earth that has been shared by both a fox family and a badger family for the past three years. This year, the badger sett was flooded, so they took up residence in the fox den – so far the foxes have not turned up to reclaim their old home,” says Billy.
That pesky badger at the end of the video ruined all my footage for the rest of the night! Next time I’ll have to strap the trail-cam down.
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BBC Wildlife wanted to find a new way to share some of our readers’ natural-history diaries with other wildlife enthusiasts, and Local Patch Reporters was born.
Our 20 Local Patch Reporters for 2014 are aged from 10 to 64 and live from Dorset in the south to Shetland in the north.
Throughout this year they will be exploring and reporting on nature in their neighbourhood via online blogs.
Billy Clarke is a Local Patch Reporter from Buckinghamshire.
Billy’s nature patch: Sydlings Copse and Bernwood Meadows
“Since 2010 I have been running a wildlife ambulance service in the local area called Oakley Animal Rescue. I also am passionate about wildlife film-making.”
Billy’s wildlife aims for 2014: See how foxes and badgers near my home interact with one another, capture footage of hares boxing and bioblitz a section of meadow in the summer.