The Gentleman Badger

The male badger, that we call Scarface, knows that he is not allowed near the badger cubs and it has been very entertaining watching his internal conflict if he happens upon them as he trundles along the cliff path. He so wants to do the right thing that your heart can’t help but go out to him.

Last night, he was heading off as normal towards the hole under the fence, beyond which lie the peanuts, and he came unexpectedly upon a fox cub. He stopped dead in his tracks and, in a most gentlemanly way, waited for the fox cub to decide what it wanted to do first before he did anything further:

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These are screen shots from a video. By the time the camera took the next video, the cub had gone and Scarface was gingerly continuing on his way.

Varied and interesting insects are around at this most glorious time of year. Look at this fly:


You may think that this is a most beautiful fly until you learn that its name is the Flesh Fly, at which point you might change your mind.

However, this wasp-mimic longhorn beetle – the Wasp Beetle (Clytra arietis) – really is a lovely thing:

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It was a wonderful day today in the most long-awaited time of year:



Long may it continue.



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