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A wealth of practical knowledge gained from experience in the field,
This review is from: Badger Behaviour, Conservation and Rehabilitation: 70 Years of Getting to Know Badgers (Hardcover)
Books about badgers tend to fall into two categories: the homely, personal stories done so well by Chris Ferris; and the scientific works for which Ernest Neal is rightly famous. George Pearce's excellent book spans both.
George writes from personal experience gained from years of working with badgers, both as a farmer and latterly as a badger consultant. He obviously has a deep affection and respect for the animals, and this is complemented by his enquiring mind and personal observations. He offers a number of new insights into badger behaviour (that badgers collecting green bedding in spring are usually nursing mothers, for instance, or the role of tunnels in food collection) that come directly from his own experience. His knowledge of badger sett size and construction is second to none.
Where the book is particularly good is as an introduction to badger consultancy. I get asked fairly regularly about what to do with badger setts in gardens and the threat to badgers from new developments, and the answers are rarely cut and dried. George talks about a wide range of situations in which badgers and people come into conflict, and offers practical advice on how to deal with them - to the best outcome for all parties.
In short - this book is definitely recommended for anyone with an interest or curiosity about badgers.