When I drove to work on Wednesday there was another dead badger on the road through the woods on the outskirts of the village, almost exactly the same spot as the casualties of October last year and April this year. I had a train to catch so I couldn’t stop to check the sex, but it looked fully grown. When I came home at the end of the day it had been moved from the road (hopefully just onto the verge, but you hear odd rumours of people taking dead badgers away. I don’t even want to think what for…)
This makes three badgers in a year killed here, almost certainly from the same sett. I hope the sett is big enough to withstand the losses. It must be a fairly active one – I’ll have to see if I can locate it when I get time.
So it goes…
I’m aware that anyone visiting this site will be confronted by depressingly regular tales of dead badgers. I’m sorry about this. It isn’t my intention to focus on unpleasant matters just for the sake of it. What I want to do is to build up an archive of badgers in my local patch. By recording the road casualties here in my diary (and I only include the ones in or immediately around my village), it means that I’m saving the information. Perhaps it is just the scientist in me, instinctively collecting data, but in years to come it may reveal a pattern. Nevertheless, if we get many more road deaths I may need to find a less public way to record them.