Yesterday I was fortunate to be able to accompany Peter and Vera Edwards, sett recorders for the North Northants Badger Group and Bradlaugh Fields Park Ranger Joe Stuart on a visit to some local inhabitants. There’s certainly a lot to learn about these appealing animals. European Badgers are very clean and will even air their bedding outside, for example. They move about guided purely by scent, and have a particular fondness for worms as food, foraging around for them using their nose in a very distinctive way. Their territories vary in size quite considerably, depending on the richness of the habitat and whilst they may mate at any time after cubs are born, fertilisation will only occur in December, called ‘delayed implantation’. So, with a gestation time of around 53 days, cubs are often born on Valentine’s Day!