Badgers are elusive wanderers of the night and few
mammals are as mysterious. Their nocturnal lifestyle means not many of us have
ever glimpsed their monochrome form as they sniff and bustle their way through
woodland or across pasture - yet most of us live far closer to a Badger group
than we might think. James Lowen explores all aspects of
their lives including their communal living, feeding habits, as well as the
major threats to and conservation support for Badgers.
Badgers are widely represented in
folklore and in our popular culture. Generations of children have
been entranced by Badger in Kenneth Grahame's book Wind in the Willows, however
these peaceful animals have also been loathed and
persecuted for centuries. Badger baiting is thankfully now illegal, but the
badger cull introduced in 2011 in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset
remains in place.
With so much politics surrounding Badgers in the UK,
it's not easy to get unbiassed information. James
Lowen keeps a neutral tone on the debate about culling. He outlines the RSPB's
stance on the Badger cull. As one of the UK's largest landowners, the RSPB
oppose Badger culling on their land, in favour of vaccination, cattle testing,
bio-security and movement controls. The Spotlight series introduces readers to
the lives and behaviours of our favourite animals with eye-catching, colour
photography and informative expert text.
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RSPB - Spotlight on Badgers