Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Badgers Behaving Badly, Again


The badgers at this privately owned medieval chateau in what were once the badlands of the nearby Brenne are busy undermining embankments and walls. The main entrance to their sett is under the tree below, to the right of where I was standing to take the photo. The tunnel goes under a causeway which at one stage I think must have been the driveway to the chateau. The wall on the other side is beginning to tumble too, as the badgers just motor their way across the top and down the slope of rubble. 

Once on the other side of the causeway they are in the old moat, now a courtyard. The hole in the photo below is directly under several storeys of substantial chateau building. This is about in the middle of the back, roughly where the residential part ends and the stables begin.

This hole (below) is inside the stables, under an external wall, but not in alignment with the hole on the outside in the photo above.

These two holes (below) are inside the stable, under an internal wall. Goodness only knows how far or where they go.

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Loire Valley Nature: A new entry for White Elm Ulmus laevis has been added. Significantly, this species is rarely infected with Dutch Elm Disease.
A photo of a rather wet botany outing has been added to the Association de botanique et de mycologie de Sainte Maure de Touraine section of the Resources entry. You can't always have perfect botanising weather but it doesn't stop us.
A new entry for Wasp Beetle Clytra arietis has been added. This is one of the most charming and pretty of longhorn beetles.
A photo of a female Adonis Blue Polyommatus belargus has been added to the entry for that species.
A photo of a caterpillar lurking about in our garden has been added to the entry for Swallowtail Papilio machaon. And that's Célestine lurking about in the background.
A photo of a spring form Map Araschinia levana on the caterpillar food plant has been added to the entry for this butterfly.
A photo of a Fox Moth Macrothylacia rubi caterpillar has been added to the Eggar Moths Lasiocampidae entry.

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A la cuisine hier: Italian style egg drop soup, with spinach and pasta.

Chicken in a Greekish style lemon sauce, served with rice.

7 comments:

  1. Is there a way to trap those badgers before they do more extensive damage and relocate them in the countryside.

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    1. They are in the countryside. You couldn't get much more in the countryside than their present location. To relocate them is almost impossible, because you can't just dump them in a new area. There has to be an unoccupied sett that they approve of and will use.

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  2. I was thinking the same thing. Or perhaps to block all but one hole, force them out that way?

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    1. Badgers would just dig through the blocked exits, or dig new ones.

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  3. I had no idea badgers could do damage to buildings like this and thought they confined their activities to the woods. This does not improve their public image!

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    1. The owner of the chateau seems surprisingly unconcerned. All this badger activity is new in the last twelve months -- it certainly didn't look like this the last time I was here. Ultimately if she wants to get rid of them she will have to call in one of the licenced badger hunting clubs, who will dig them out as far as possible and send in dogs after them. It's fairly gruesome.

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  4. Badgers wander where badgers wish....
    the first thing I made in forestry was some badger gates for a new fence that was going up on the estate!!
    That was before learning how to work with trees....or maintain tools....badger gates to allow them free passage.
    If we hadn't, it wouldn't have stopped them....they'd've just made their own way through.

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