I had already spotted a few signs of grubs and bugs being dug up at the side of the path, and even heard the crunching sound of snails being eaten in the early morning, and there on a pathway in the woods was the reason.
The bracken quivering was the first sign of something beside the path, and as I slowed a flash of silver grey gave away the position of the badger as it scrabbled around searching for a bite to eat.
Following it for five minutes or so, at a distance of around 30 metres, I was able to watch the badger move smoothly though the bracken and bushes, before it ambled across in front of me and away into the chestnut trees and oaks.
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