Last night I had what is without doubt the most memorable wildlife experience of my life.
A member of the local Badger Group had very kindly invited me along to watch badgers at a local sett where he has been feeding and observing badgers for some years.
We arrived at the sett at about 8.30 and S began putting out peanuts and spreading peanut butter on branches. Within minutes he had called me over and there, within 6 feet of where I was standing, was a badger sow nicknamed "Rag Ear" feeding on peanuts at one of the sett entrances.
This is probably the worst badger photo you will ever see but it does record a very special moment for me. (The light in the woods was so low that the shutter remained open for about 5 seconds! I could have used flash but I wasn't going to jeopardise my chance of further badgerwatching).
I then experienced two magical hours watching badgers emerging from sett entrances, scampering along a nearby hedgerow, frolicking amongst the vegetation and a pair feeding just yards away from where I sat. I have so many memories that will stay with me for ever.
I feel so privileged to have been able to watch these beautiful wild mammals and share in their world for a while. Huge thanks to S.
(Yet!) another wander round Hay-on-Wye
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