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Man's 25 years with badger sett

15 October 2007 - BBC News

A naturalist who spent 25 years visiting a badger's sett has been accepted as part of their group. Gareth Morgan, 66, stumbled across the sett near Caersws in Powys, while bird watching. Since then he has seen three generations come and go. Known locally as the Badger Man, Mr Morgan said the animals have gradually grown used to his scent and voice. He has been involved in making a film and in an attempt to "educate" and "enlighten".

Mr Morgan is allowed to watch his "beautiful creatures" feeding, grooming and scenting. He can even hand feed them peanuts. "I've been working with theses animals and their parents and grandparents for a number of years, so they're quite used to me now," he said. "When I saw my fist badger many, many years ago - I had a chilling feeling run down my spine, it was very exciting. They're the most ancient animal in Britain at the moment - but for how long I don't know," Mr Morgan said. "It used to be the bear, then it was the wolf and now it's the badger. Let's hope we never lose it."

Wildlife expert Iolo Williams, who has visited the sett many times with Mr Morgan, said his relationship with the group gives a fascinating insight into their life.

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