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A comprehensive natural history of one of Britain’s favourite animals
The badger has for many years had a unique place in the British
consciousness. Despite the fact that most people have never seen one, the
badger has become one of Britain's best-loved animals. The number of
organisations that use the badger as a logo, the number of websites
featuring information about badgers, and the number of voluntary badger
protection societies that exist are testament to this popularity.
In fact, the attitude of most ordinary people towards badgers is complex
and contradictory, involving a combination of familiarity and ignorance,
concern and indifference. For an increasing number of people, badgers
constitute an important source of interest and pleasure, be it through
watching them in their gardens or in the wild, sharing badger-related
knowledge and experiences with others via the internet, or defending badgers
against threats to their welfare.
In this highly anticipated new study, Prof Tim Roper explores every
aspects of the biology and behaviour of these fascinating animals. In doing
so, he reveals the complexities of a lifestyle that allows badgers to build
communities in an astonishing variety of habitats, from forests to city
The book contains the latest research - it is full of
interesting facts and it is superbly illustrated throughout. There is no
comparable book currently in print.
It is years since the
last comparable book on badgers (Neal and Cheeseman) was published, and that
this one is considerably larger reflects the great amount of research that has
been carried out since that time. The book is divided into ten chapters, plus
an appendix on how to survey for the species. The issue of badger culling is
not avoided - badgers and bovine TB gets a whole chapter to itself.
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