In the course of the badger monitoring Remek Meel came across the badgers’ haymaking. “The badger goes to the ditch verge, grabs a good amount of hay and then shapes it into a ball or rather a flattish shape,” Remek tells us. “While the badger in spring carries withered grass into the burrow then towards the end of summer it starts to prepare carefully for a comfortable winter and makes hay. But the clever creature does not carry undried material into the sett but lets the hay balls dry after the haymaking. Remek Meel noticed several hay balls at the Sõmerpalu sett this summer during the badger monitoring and photographed one. “They were well made, easily recognizable if you know to look for them,”Remek comments.