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Badger (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 114) [Hardcover]

Tim Roper
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27 May 2010 Collins New Naturalist Library (Book 114)

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

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.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; First Edition edition (27 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007320418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007320417
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prof Timothy J. Roper has been studying aspects of badger social and territorial behaviour for over twenty years. He has worked on projects in the UK (Sussex and Gloucestershire), Luxembourg and Belgium. He has been a Specialist Scientific Advisor to the House of Commons Agriculture Select Committee and contributed to a report by the Government Chief Scientific Advisor on bovine tuberculosis in badgers and cattle in 2007. Apart from trying to get his three young children interested in nature, music and books, his main avocations are food, wine, opera and American literature.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a MUST for any badger enthusiast 19 Jun 2010
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 highy recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, that does not avoid controversy 30 Jun 2010
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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, innoculating cows is obviously easier than innoculating 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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Badgers have always had a place in my heart - even though I've never seen one in the flesh. What this book does is bring the badgers to you in a reader-friendly way. It covers everything you need to know about this wonderful creature (in my view, it should be our national animal - Britain's, that is). It's not cheap, but neither is the work that has gone into it. The quality of the materials used in the book's construction is also top notch. If you want to know about badgers, bite the bullet and buy it. You won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding monograph 11 Sep 2011
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I approached this book not as a mammal specialist but out of a layman's curiosity, because, judging by the amount of sign visible, Badgers are common around my home and I thus wanted to know something of their lifestyle.

Professor Roper has skilfully synthesized a large amount of research and turned it into a clearly written and fascinating book. All aspects of the Badger's natural history (including such subjects as classification and diet/foraging behaviour) are clearly presented, while the final (tenth) chapter discusses the thorny issues of bovine TB and Badger culling. There is even an appendix on how to survey Badgers.

My only criticism concerns the Bibliography (though it's a criticism which to some may seem picky). For those books or papers with more than two authors, only the lead author is listed (thus for three or more it would be e.g. `Roper et al.'). For anyone interested in doing their own research, it would be much more useful to have all references listed in full.

In short, if you have any interest in Badgers or the natural history of the countryside, buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this. 15 Jun 2011
I love this book. It's comprehensive, whilst easy enough to read as a leisure book as well as useful for scientific research. I study badgers and whilst using this to write my thesis I can confess to not wanting to put it down at bedtime. A great book which covers basic knowledge and more in depth, up to date, scientific research on badgers. Fascinating, and well worth the money. It also has lots of pictures and diagrams which make it rather pleasant to look at.
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