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Gordon Buchanan's badger stake out

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Tim Scoones Tim Scoones | 10:03 UK time, Monday, 18 May 2009

Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan, loved by our viewers for his Glasgow fox diary and his reports from the breeding seals on the Farne Islands, goes on the trail of the elusive badger.

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With the help of Don, an 83-year-old man from Essex who's been watching one group of badgers for over 50 years, Gordon sets out to unveil the intricacies of badger society and the complex relationships and social structures within a badger sett.

Enjoy the daily antics of this badger family group as this year's cubs grow up and begin to assert themselves. Gordon will update us daily from our secret location in Essex. Don's intimate knowledge of each of "his" badgers will reveal fascinating insights into one of our best-loved mammals. Who will be the main players in Don's badger clan in 2009? Will there be a new kid on the block or will the old-timer alpha male continue to rule?

Gordon also broadens his mission to investigate other aspects of badger behaviour in depth, and attempt to answer questions you've always asked. What do they get up to underground? Why do we see so many dead badgers beside roads in the spring? How do you look after orphaned baby badgers and give them the best chance when they return to the wild?


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