My daughter’s friend’s mum works for an environmental charity and part of her role is to record badger numbers. Last night she took the girls to a badger sett located in a beauty spot a few miles away from where we live.
They all waited and waited in the hope that they would catch a glimpse of a badger. Their waiting wasn’t in vain because three came out, one by one. And much to their delight, one was a baby. It was dark so the visibility was poor but still, they saw the furry creatures in all their black and white glory.
I imagine it’s not easy to collect data on such mysterious and nocturnal creatures and clearly it involves a lot of sitting around quietly and patiently. But I’m so glad that my daughter stuck it out and got to see some even though she said the waiting was boring.
Badgers are protected by legislation but are held largely responsible for the spread of bovine TB. Due to a strong farmers lobby, they are now, contentiously under threat of a government cull in spite of the experts saying that a cull will make no meaningful contribution to the control of the disease. In fact, some experts say that culling would actually create conditions for spreading bovine TB.
Have they still not come up with a vaccination?