In addition to the badgers, sometimes also foxes and raccoon dogs live in badger setts but with the changes in the use of wood their choice of places for living has widened in recent years. A new phenomenon in our landscape are the stacks of wood chips. As ever, nature does not like empty space and so new inhabitants have quickly moved into these stacks too. Usually stacks left standing for a somewhat longer period are preferred. Furred as well as feathered species live there.
In a stack left standing for a couple of years I this year discovered raccoon dog pups – among the most lovable animal ”children” in our forests.
Here too, however, a small conflict can grow between man and the nest owner when a decision is made to start chipping the stacks in spring-summer. To avoid disturbing the nesting of wildlife it would be good to postpone the wood-chipping to the second half of summer or autumn, when the young animals are already bigger. But if it cannot be done it is worthwhile to visit the wood chip stack a day earlier and hope that this scares them off