Whoever watches wildlife should take care that in the process they do not become wild themselves; and if you gaze for long enough into the woods, the woods also gaze back into you…
I am the Badger Watching Man.
I live, with my wife, daughter Scarlett, cat Mayfield and three chickens, in a small village about 50 miles north of London – a few houses, lots of fields, and a fair amount of mature woodland. I’m fascinated by the wildlife that surrounds us all, even in this relatively crowded country. There’s a whole rich world out there that most people don’t even suspect exists. I feel privileged that I’ve managed to get a little closer to it.
I’ve been watching my local badgers for a little over two years now. If my writing helps to awaken an interest in others about badgers, British wildlife or the simple pleasures of being out in the countryside at night, then perhaps that is no bad thing either.
How I started watching badgers
See my post ‘In the beginning…’ Look in the archives on the right, or click here to jump to it.
How to get the most out of this blog
I’m writing this blog for a whole host of different reasons. It was born out of a need to keep a diary of my badger experiences, something I could refer back to and cross reference in later years, combined with a desire to see how blogging works. Now though, it’s taken on a bit of a life of its own.
That’s what I want to get out of it. But what about you, gentle reader? What do you want from it? Here are some tips to help you get what you want.
Posts and Pages – these are what make up the blog. There are a few pages (this is one) for the broader subjects. Everything else is put into the posts. Posts are listed in date order, like any diary.
Categories – because the posts are in date order, all the different subjects get jumbled up. To make it easier to find a particular post they are divided into categories. These categories are listed on the right hand side of the page. Fieldnotes are my experiences in the field. Thoughts and Musings are random discussions on badgers and badger-watching. That’s not a badger! is a category of posts that are about other animals and wildlife. So, if you want to see all the posts about badger watching trips, just click on the Fieldnotes category. Simple! The list of categories will grow as I add more content. The next will be a series of practical guides.
The Search Facility – this is very useful. It searches all the text on the site. So, if you want to find out at what time the badgers emerge from their sett, type emerge into the search box and hey presto – it will find all the posts that use this word. Likewise, to find out about all experiences with nettles (and there are a few), just search for nettles. You get the idea. Do make use of it, because it is a very handy feature.
Archives – this is a list of posts, split into months for easy reference. Not as useful as the search facility, but handy if you want to see what was happening at a particular time.
Comments – let’s make this site interactive! Feel free to comment on any of the posts. I’d be delighted to hear about your own experiences and stories, and I’ll happily answer questions as best as I can. So, please do make use of the comments feature and you can be part of the site.
Subscribe – lastly, if you’re interested in badgers or badger watching and want to keep up to date, why not subscribe? This means you’ll have the chance to read each post as it is published. You can subscribe by e-mail, or if you’re familiar with RSS feeds, you can click on Entries RSS in the Meta section on the right.
So there you have it. Like all things, this blog will evolve as time goes by. If you have any thoughts or feedback, don’t forget to let me know through the Comments sections.
Or, if you want to get in touch with me off the blog, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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