Day 27 – Badger talk at Wytham woods

This evening Oxon Badger Group held an evening of Badger watching and a speakers panel.

Mark Avery, Dominic Dyer, Hugh Warwick and Caspar Henderson hosted by Charlie Moores spent an interesting hour discussing nature writing.

In turn each author spoke about why they wrote, their inspirations, the message they want to get across and how they hoped their books affected the reader.

I got a chance to show a film about Badgers I had made especially for National Badger Week 2017 (apologises for the sound problem)


At the end of the talk most people headed off into the woods, hopefully to catch sight of the famous Wytham wood Badgers.

Books available by

Mark Avery: Inglorious-Conflict in the Uplands, Fighting for Birds, A Message for Martha, Remarkable birds and Behind the Binoculars.

Mark also blogs at

Dominic Dyer: Badgered to Death

Caspar Henderson : The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary

Hugh Warwick: A Prickly Affair, The Beauty in the Beast, Hedgehog and Linescapes

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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7 Responses to Day 27 – Badger talk at Wytham woods

  1. Sue says:

    I really love your video of the badgers. It was very informative and interesting, and I loved the badger at the end running off with the drink cup!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Nyatichi says:

    these are not native to our country, and therefore, i can only appreciate it digitally. i think this is a beautiful creature.

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  3. Nimby says:

    I’d also recommend you read “The fate of the badger” by Dr Richard Meyer. It offers historical perspective as well as a fantastic reference section. It’s a great companion to “Badgered to death” when writing campaign letters. See

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    • Oh, I haven’t got that book.
      I have Badgers by Michael Clark,
      Badgers behaviour, conservation and rehabilitation by George E. Pearce,
      The rehabilitator’s and badger enthusiast’s handbook by Andy Parr,
      A lifetime of Badgers by Peter Hardy and Badgerlands by Patrick Barkham.
      Thanks, I’ll look out for it


      • thmcfexec says:

        I too have Badgerlands, an interesting if dispassionate critique of poor brock. Ernest Neal, Eileen Soper and Phil Drabble were my era but you’ve certainly a good selection. Despite the digital era it’s great that people still publish in print. I really must read Hardy’s “A lifetime of badgers” given he was instrumental in introducing the Badger Act in 1973.

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  4. Mart says:

    Interesting coverage, such a beautiful creatures

    Liked by 1 person

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