There’s a badger sett near my house. I don’t know where it is (although I have my suspicions) but I know it is there and I know it is near.
For some years now, I’ve been tracking a badger across the field behind my house, where at least one has a regular foraging route. There have been a couple of dung pits here too. And finally, there have been three dead badgers in a small patch just down the road over the past three years. All of this points to an active sett in the near vicinity.
Finally, this morning, I caught sight of one of my local badgers. As I started my drive to work at 6.00am, a badger was digging a snuffle hole on the verge by the road. It was in exactly the same spot where the road casualties occurred, showing what creatures of habit they are. I slowed down for a quick look – eye to eye a few feet away – and then I was past and on my way to work.
It’s nice to get another piece in the jigsaw of my badger map of the area. I knew from the tracks and signs that I’d see a badger here eventually – it just took longer than expected.