‘Their habitation is even one with your guarded threshold … Man rules now where They ruled once; They shall soon rule where man rules now. After summer is winter, and after winter summer. They wait patient and potent, for here shall They reign again.’
The Dunwich Horror, H.P. Lovecraft
Another post about wasps’ nests and badgers, I’m afraid. The badgers do seem to dig up these nests in dry weather, presumably as an alternative food source when worms are scarce. At least, that’s what my limited records show (and those of Steve from Bedfordshire Wild). On the other hand, it may just be coincidence. Decent-sized wasps’ nests only occur in summer. Dry spells mostly occur in summer. Perhaps I’ll look back at the archives in years to come and find a definite connection.
Anyway, I mention this wasps’ nest mostly because of its location. I spotted it when my wife and I were taking Scarlett to the park – it’s on the verge of the main road through the village. I’ll admit it isn’t a huge road – it isn’t a huge village – and there is a nice mature hedgerow and pasture fields on both sides, but it was a surprise to see badger activity this close to the houses. Anyone walking home late from the pub on Saturday night would have got a shock.
‘Their habitation is even one with your guarded threshold‘ indeed. Very interesting. I’ve had to re-draw my map of badger activity in the area because of this find.