Andy and I are just back from a trip to the north of England. Remember that a few months ago, we took in two very small badger cubs that desperately needed somewhere for a period of rehabilitation, where they could recover from near starvation. No rehab centre in the north of England could take them. The cubs were kept in isolation at Hessilhead, and had 3 bTB tests which were all negative. Last week, much bigger now, they were released into a sett not too far from where they were found. There is an observation hide at the sett, and we look forward to hearing about the cubs in the next few weeks.
While in England we met up with Reg, who found the cubs. Reg regularly feeds badgers at another sett, and he took us to see them. We thought we would have a long wait, and would have to be very quiet. Not at all. We strode up the bank, and Reg called loudly ‘Come on badgers, time to get up’ and 3 stripey heads popped out of holes. The badgers ate peanut butter sandwiches, taking no notice at all of us. It was amazing. We couldn’t help thinking how lucky these badgers are, to be living in N E England and not Somerset or Gloucestershire! Lets hope they stay safe.