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Badgers by Tim Roper [Paperback]

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A comprehensive natural history of one of Britain’s favourite animals

Badgers by Tim Roper [Paperback]

The badger has for many years occupied 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. For others, on the other hand, badgers are a problem species that requires active management.

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, ranging from pristine forests to city centres. He also reveals the facts behind the controversy surrounding the badgers' role in transmitting tuberculosis to cattle, shedding new light on an issue that has resulted in one of the most extensive wildlife research programmes ever carried out.

Reviews

The book contains the very latest research on this fascinating animal. It is full of interesting facts and it is superbly illustrated throughout. There is no comparable book currently in print. I highly recommend it.

It is 14 years since the last comparable book on badgers (Neal and Cheeseman, 1996) 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, indeed badgers and bovine TB gets a whole chapter to itself. The author manages to explain the pros and cons of the various approaches. For example, inoculating cows is obviously easier than inoculating badgers, but available vaccines are more effective on badgers than they are on cows.

Many years ago the New Naturalist series included a second series of monographs on single species. A book on badgers was the first of the monographs, just as the species is the first to get a book to itself in the main series. If further books on a single species can keep up this high standard I am sure that 'Badger' will not be the last time the publishers take this approach.

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