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Goater’s Blog: Scratch and sniff – the fun of faeces!

Take half a bucket of peanuts, add several handfuls of porridge oats and a jar of peanut butter, then mix all by hand together with an industrial quantity of warmed golden syrup, and you have the recipe for culinary temptation in the world of the badger.  Lace this with a scoop of small food-quality plastic beads of a single colour, say yellow, and chuck balls
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Goater’s blog: The dullest part of the country?

I spent last week in NE Scotland surveying winter birds and sussing out badger territories on a mainly farmland site.  Arguably there’s not much else scenery-wise in the inland Buchan area of Scotland where we B&B’d and it may qualify (in my view, where landscape is always judged on its ecological merit) as the dullest part of the country. Fields of
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Goater’s Blog: Mentors

I planned in an earlier blog (Get wet, cut and stung!) to report on a Wildlife Explorer’s field trip we had organised for a recent weekend.  In the event, heavy snow and the unacceptable risk of hard-shoulder-stranded children, frostbitten and miserable, prevented our intended search of East Anglia for raptors (linked to the RSPB’s Save birds of prey campaign).  Trips
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Goater’s Blog: Unexpected Pine Martens

Apart from dogs and minke whale, I’ve not mentioned mammals in this blog yet.  Many of our British ones don’t do much for me to be honest – you know; mice, over-abundant and half domesticated deer, and bunny rabbits – though I do make exceptions for bats, the dormouse, the wildcat and the entire weasely mustelid group.  And if we were
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