I have a hive on an organic farm near Toller Porcorum. Last time I looked it was doing fine. I visited today and found it overturned with all the brood frames emptied and scattered. I found one some yards away along a badger track and one is still missing. The hive is wiped out. I have had bees there for several years and it is the first time this has happened. I have always known of the badger sett about 50 yards away; it’s big enough in which to lose half a class of school kids! The apiary is surrounded by stout wire sheep netting but I see that it has been lifted along one edge to allow the creatures to squeeze under.
I think that somewhere on the internet there’s a petition about badger culling. Maybe I should sign it!