I've written recently about the relentless antagonism towards Badgers in the immediate area around where I live.
One neighbour has been snaring them, and others have been out hunting them with dogs. Predictably, quite a few have been caught, but, as the hunting season is now closed, they have a temporary reprieve.
So, I was very pleased to see, yesterday morning, that a new Badger Set is in the process of being excavated. This has appeared over the last couple of days, and I imagine will grow in size over the next few months (and hopefully, years). Maybe it's being prepared for a new brood of cubs.
I do understand the farmers' concerns about wild animals; I've suffered at the hands of Foxes and Deer myself. But we need to share this planet with all creatures, however annoying they might be at times.
No-one wants to slaughter animals to the extent of extinction, so the maxim must be 'moderation in all things'. Let's celebrate diversity, and be grateful that such a wide variety of wildlife exists all around us.
May I take this opportunity to welcome Mr Brock and family to his new home! Happy digging!