A recent comment from Yorkshire Pudding sent me off to investigate the photos we took on our holiday in England earlier in the year.
He wanted a blog post about badgers.
Now , as an Aussie, I don't know much about badgers.
I do know I was anxious to see one in the wild when we were in the UK
and believe me I looked
but , unfortunately, the only badger I managed to see was a dead one on the side of the road near Ludlow,
lying there like it was asleep
it's pretty black and white stripey nose stretched out in front
and its thick cream fur unblemished ( luckily !).
(The two above photos from the internet)
when we went walking through the fields above our cottage in Martinstown, Dorset
along those wonderful public footpaths that you find everywhere in the country, edged all the way by cow parsley in glorious bloom,
we climbed to the top of the hill and came out
to this beautiful view over the surrounding countryside.
A little further on we came upon a small section of large trees
and in amongst the trees we found
(click to enlarge )
a large mounded area.
Could this be a badger sett?
It covered a very large area and was riddled with entrances.
At the time we had no idea.
Thought perhaps it was the home of lots of rabbits
but since then I've come to believe it was
perhaps the home of many badgers?
I eagerly await your verdict.
"People come - they stay for a while, they flourish, they build - and they go.
It is their way
But we remain
There were badgers here, I've been told, long before that same city ever came to be,
And now ther are badgers here again.
We are an enduring lot, and we may move out for a time but we wait, and are patient, and back we come.
And so it will ever be."
~ Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows, Chapter 4.