Badger Bait Marking Pellets (1kg Bucket)
Product code: Badger-Bait-Pellets-CIEEM
Bait pellets for badger bait marking surveys. These tiny plastic pellets can be mixed with a bait such as peanuts and molasses and placed near the set for the Badgers to feed on. Supplied as 1kg in a handy plastic storage tub with a re-sealable lid.
Please note: All colours supplied are consistent RAL shades - images shown may not reflect the exact shade supplied.
- In The Field
The best time for undertaking badger surveys is February to April, coinciding with a peak in territorial activity and a period when vegetation cover is at a minimum, which enhances the probability of detection of field signs. A secondary but less obvious peak occurs in October. Surveys can be undertaken outside these favourable periods but field signs will be both less abundant and harder to spot.
- More Info
The purpose of bait marking surveys is to establish territory size and boundaries of badger clans. Badgers (Meles meles) use latrines at the edge of their territories to demarcate their home range. A detailed survey is carried out to locate all setts and well used latrines and dung pits within the area of interest. Each sett is assigned a different colour. Bait (peanuts and syrup mix) containing indigestible coloured marker pellets (with relevant colour assigned to each sett), is placed outside each sett entrance. Through recording the location of different coloured pellets found in dung pits, it’s possible to determine territory boundaries and which setts are used by which social group.
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