I love it when a plan comes together

A week or so ago we noticed night time snufflings and light excavations in the gravelly soil outside our front gate. Convinced that the culprit could only be a badger, I left a few peanuts out and after a couple of nights remaining untouched, we found they had disappeared on…

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Is it right to cull?

A few weeks ago, around the time the British Government announced proposals that would approve the culling of badgers in certain areas of the UK in an attempt to curb and limit incidents of Bovine TB, I saw this badger as it headed for the woods.The issue of Bovine TB is…

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Buzzards and Badgers

After a weekend of cyan skies and cotton wool clouds, Sunday gradually clouded over, with a warm stiff breeze stirring the trees in the valley. In the late afternoon I thought I would take a walk up to the new pond I had found last winter and sneak around in…

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An Anniversary Walk

A walk around the plantation on a Friday night is a perfect way to let go of the stresses of the week. At the height of summer the grass is long around the field edges and as I discovered last year, with a bit of quiet approach work and the…

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First Cuckoo

I heard my first cuckoo of the year last night, as I emerged from the wood after a spot of badger watching. One badger had shown itself and had spent a few minutes dragging fresh bedding back to the sett in a comical reverse hop-shuffle. The light became too low…

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Badger’s Eye Sunset

I recently bought a camouflage hood and gloves to aid my wildlife watching and a warm sunny evening last Wednesday provided the first opportunity to test out their invisibility properties. Checking the wind direction I decided my first stop would be the badger’s sett so I hooded up and entered…

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Inquisitive youngster

 Earlier this year I treated myself to a new camera – A Pentax K200. I went with this as it was the equivalent digital model to the K1000 that I grew up with and allowed me to use my old lenses. Over the following months I decided to invest in…

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