Don’t be wild! Be considerate

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I have had quite a few reports of badgers killed on roads in recent weeks, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

Many of these seem to have been youngsters setting off to forage on their own for the first time.

We forget, in our demands for ever faster transport links, that we share this the countryside with many other species.

Some, like badgers, can forage for considerable distances each night.

Sadly it is now almost impossible for them to go any distance without having to cross a road or railway.

Young animals in particular have no comprehension of the dangers of traffic.

Similarly, modern humans seem to have little comprehension that there are large animals out and about during the hours of darkness.

There is also the added problem that smaller animals such as rabbits or pheasants lying dead on roadways,tend to tempt badgers and foxes onto roads in search of an easy meal.

Of course dead animals lying on roads are such a common sight, we have have somehow come to accept roadkill as unavoidable.

I suspect many people do not even notice the carnage, taking the view that we as humans have every right to disregard the needs of other species in this way.

In the case of deer I have even seen it suggested that we should fence and signpost all places they are likely to cross.

Wildlife, the clue is in the name. They are wild, free and unpredictable. Expect to meet them and drive accordingly.