Urban badgers

Mark Carwardine
© Mark Carwardine

© Mark Carwardine


Badger looking over wall - 2

© Mark Carwardine

I’ve been watching badgers for as long as I can remember. Some years ago, I even bought a house simply because there was a badger sett in the garden; the house itself was a total disaster (it was made of wood and falling apart – I lost a lot of money on it) but at least I could watch badgers from my lounge window.

Most recently, I’ve been watching them in the most unlikely place – a small railway station near my (non-wooden) home in Bristol. I can stand on the platform, mingling with passengers waiting for trains, and just see the sett behind a graffiti-covered wall on the other side of the tracks. It’s the ultimate urban setting.

Badger looking over wall 3

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The best thing is that the badgers are so used to people and noise that they’re completely oblivious to me and my camera, happily clicking away every time the adults or their cubs stand right out in the open just a few yards away. It’s brilliant. And there’s even a nice pub just down the road…

 

© Mark Carwardine

© Mark Carwardine

Mark Carwardine is a zoologist, broadcaster and writer. Known to millions through his BBC series, Last Chance to See featuring Stephen Fry and initially Douglas Adams, Mark is also an expert photographer and wildlife tour guide with a penchant for whales and dolphins and, of course, badgers.