Posted: 13/03/2016 at 09:09
Some years ago we were staying with friends near Rye - they took us out into a very rural area where there was a high bank - we sat by the hedge while they laid some peanuts around then we sat very still with the wind blowing away from us while the sun went down.
We spent an hour or so watching a family of 9 badgers, big ones, small ones and teenagers, pootling around eating peanuts and slugs just a few feet from us, then they went off into the marshes to find more food.
My first live badgers
As a child growing up in a very rural part of East Anglia I'd never seen a badger, not even a dead one - nowadays I often see them dead on the side of the road - East Anglia must be teeming with them now.