Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Murder most foul

 I make it a habit to check any badger carcas that I come across on my travels. This one appeared just 10 minutes after I had driven along this peice of road. It was so fresh that even the flies had yet to find it. Method of killing was most certainly shot gun. It was an obvious illegal killing and so close to home I didn't report it in case of any backlash. This happened more than 2 months ago. Badgers use their own pathways and this was nowhere any known pathway in fact local badgers are nowhere near this spot.
Badgers are a protected animal and one has to have a special licence, only issued in certain area's during the official cull.


  1. Hello Mike!:) How very sad, and a nasty crime. It's strange that the poor badger was in this area. I don't even think they should be culled, let alone killed for sport.

  2. Hi Sonjia, I beleive the badger was killed elseware and the body dumped there, this often is the case so making it difficult to trace those responsible. I have seen many cases such as this. Take care, Mike.

  3. I just don't get it, Badger's catch Bovine TB, the name Bovine suggest's they catch it from cattle not vice versa. Great post.

  4. Thank you Sam, The word bovine when refering to people also means dull or stupid. Need I say more.

  5. If feel sorry for that!! :-((( is such a beautiful and nice animal ...

    Kind regard..

    1. Hi Ana, I agree, it is the cleanest wild animal in this country. BTB is not a problem where there are no cattle, just badgers. Such a beautiful animal to observe and photograph. Take care, Mike.


Mike Attwood - Photographer

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Evacuated during the second world war to a village in Yorkshire where I lived in the home of a good photographer for more than five years who taught me the basics and a great deal about nature. Well past retirement age I have been a wildlife photographer for more than 30 years. Red Kites have been my speciality for much of this period. I did spend several years snapping wheelchair athletes and organizing the British Road Race Championship. In the year 2000 I was awarded a distinction by the Royal Photographic Society for my portfolio on wheelchair athletes. Most of my pics are digital, using Sony cameras and Sigma lenses. I used to spend many weeks each year with friends in Wales which is close to the Elan Valleys where I got many of my raptor pics. I now get these pictures more closely to home, specially red kites and peregrines. I support my pension by selling my pics, cards, coasters, fridge magnets and key rings etc. at craft fairs, something I wish I had done much earlier in life. I give illustrated talks to clubs and societies on wildlife and other branches of photography that I have been involved in.