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Badger bait marking surveys are used to establish the size and boundaries of badger territories. Surveys are conducted by providing food (usually peanuts and syrup) mixed with coloured plastic markers at a main badger sett (or setts). As badgers mark the boundaries of their territory with dung pits or latrines, these pellets will be defecated in these places. By studying the distribution of pellets it is therefore possible to study the territorial limits of the social group and by using different coloured pellet markers at different setts, it is also possible to study the range of multiple groups simultaneously. Badger bait surveys should ideally be conducted in Spring as peak territorial marking activity occurs at this time. If necessary surveys may also be conducted in Autumn.
These marking pellets are manufactured from food grade plastic and are 2mm in diameter. They are completely harmless to badgers.
Pellets are available in five colours: blue, green, yellow, red and white and are sold in 1kg bags.
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