Thursday, 4 June 2015
A Worried Beetle
This is the first time we've seen anything like this on West Ardnamurchan. An enquiry to the Ardnamurchan Estate's Conservation Officer, Ben McKeown, quickly revealed that this is the characteristic latrine of our local badgers.
Such well-organised latrines are open found near setts, and are also used as boundary markers for the badger clan. We did look around, and found no nearby sett. This, and the fact that it was right in the middle of the path, suggests it was arranged as a "Keep Out!" notice to other badgers - and, possibly, a warning to beetles.