Monthly Archives: May 2010

Brockwatcher’s beginnings, Part 2

My first sighting of a badger in April 1977 (see Brockwatcher’s beginnings) certainly fuelled my enthusiasm for this amazing animal. I remained an all-round naturalist though, exploring the local countryside looking for wildlife of all kinds. I was also becoming … Continue reading

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An unexpected death

Whenever I am called out to rescue an injured badger I naturally hope for a happy ending, one in which the casualty gets a second chance after receiving treatment and recovering from his or her wounds. Watching the animal you … Continue reading

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Sunshine on a rainy day

From the archives, an article which seems particularly appropriate 3 years on … 27 May 2007. For many here in the UK, today is wet and miserable – typical bank holiday weekend weather in fact! So I thought I would … Continue reading

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Two nights to remember – and one to forget?

Encouraged by my observations last Friday evening of badgers at a sett I had never watched before (see Some enchanted evening), I decided to try my luck elsewhere in the same wood on Sunday evening. That turned out to be … Continue reading

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What did 11,000 badgers die for?

From 1998 to 2005, Defra killed nearly 11,000 badgers as part of the Randomised Badger Culling Trial (RBCT, also known as the Krebs experiment). What did those badgers die for? At the time, we were led to believe that the … Continue reading

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Some enchanted evening

Yesterday I returned to the wood where I saw my first badger back in 1977. My intention was check half a dozen setts and then head over to the wood where my usual watching sett is located to view the … Continue reading

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The innocents

Beneath a cloak of Spring’s bright green Sweet-smelling bluebells all around Is where Old Brock has always been Hidden safely underground Into the evening’s sounds and scents Protective mother close behind Two small cubs, two innocents Emerge to see what … Continue reading

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