Wed 8th Feb 2012
We’ve had some very cold weather since I last spoke to you and even some snow. I expect it’s been the same for many of you.
I’ve not too much to tell you this week so I think I’ll talk a little bit about the badgers as they should have started having their cubs by now. Not that you’ll be seeing them out and about yet. You’ll have to wait until the spring for that when they’ll start coming up to the top of the holes in the sett and will eventually venture outside. They’ll be about three months old by then. They are so funny when they start to play. You’ll have the time of your life watching them.
If you’ve never watched badgers in the wild, I recommend it’s something you try and do. Let me tell you, the first time you see them is something you will never forget. When badgers leave the sett they always keep to the same track, so if you can find one, you can sit and wait for them to come along. Maybe you know where there’s a sett. Keep your distance though and don’t go trampling all around it or they’ll smell your scent and stay underground.
You’ll need to be there in the evening mind, as they are nocturnal animals, but I’m sure you know that. The light summer evenings are the best time. And remember to make sure the wind is blowing towards you so that your scent is blown away from them, and keep very still.
I think I told you back in December about how clean badgers are. They are also quite inquisitive and clever, especially where there’s food involved. I think I’m the only person who’s ever made a playground for badgers, with ladders to climb and wheels to turn, and food rewards for them to find. I even made a DVD of it years ago and I still sell it today on this website and on my market stall. My badger photos are always popular as well. This just shows how much people love the badgers. You can see some of the photos in my gallery.
If you want to find out more about badgers, here are two good places to go:
www.badgertrust.org.uk - A charity aimed at the welfare of Badgers in the UK.
Tony Dean - Badger watching tours in Gloucestershire (01453) 750164.