I attended a meeting of the Bedfordshire Badger Network last night, and very interesting it was too, hearing about badger activity around the county. The discussion on badgers being observed swimming was particularly fascinating – more on that later…
We talked a little about badger road casualties. I was quite smug when I said that I hadn’t come across any road accident victims for some months. I should have kept my mouth shut. When I drove to work this morning I came across not one but two dead badgers. The first was in the usual spot – in the wood on the outskirts of the village. This is the same spot where we had the last casualty (or at least the last that I found) back in April. I try to get basic information on road victims – size, sex, approximate age etc – for the records, but I was in my best suit and on the way to a business meeting. Not the best dress for handling roadkill. When I came home the corpse had been moved off the road, so at least that’s something.
The other badger was in Toddington, which is out of my patch, but it was still a trifle depressing to have two casualties on the same day.
In case anyone thinks I’m being a little morbid focusing on dead badgers, I merely want to keep a record. This blog is primarily my diary, and sometimes I have to make notes on the unpleasant things as well as the pleasant. So it goes.