I like badgers – seeing them cross the road on a winter’s eve as I drive up to the common is a treat.
“We” seem to have a fairly schizoid approach to them in this country.
For a while this last year one of the minor (but major to me) roads from our cute little town down to the next cute little town was closed, because a badger had made its set in a burrowed cutting under the tarmac and it was in danger of collapsing.
On poor Brockie’s head.
The road was eventually re-opened with a temporary metal plate cover and ramps to narrow the road and prevent cars from damaging the set of this semi-protected species…
I say semi protected because as we all should know – farmers and others want to see them killed/culled as they have been before in a vain attempt to stop the spread of TB in cattle. Vaccination has been planned by the National Trust and one more humanely minded farmer swears that a salt lick for the badgers works to keep both them and his cattle healthy, no need to block badger runs…
This is all well and good but what about my supermarket and drive to work run?
Well, a little bird whispered not so long ago that the badgers that used this particular set had been killed, despite all the expense and inconvenience of the Council work to protect them. They say that these were run over rather than shot by cattle farmers (who keep their cattle in the adjacent field).
but now the road is smoothly tarmacked again, much smoother than many of the roads still un-repaired since last winter’s heavy snow…
which is now expected to occur again.
What was the point?
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