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Badger (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 114) Hardcover – 27 May 2010
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About the Author
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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I was amused by one side issue - Prof. Roper has a number of little digs at the other great badger expert, a certain Hans Kruuk ... adds a little bite to the proceedings.
Anyway, this is a beautifully produced work of synthesis, and a must for anyone who wants to know everything worth knowing about one of our most charismatic animals.
(For what it's worth, anyone researching badgers will, obviously, start with the internet, but 99% of the information in this book cannot be found online - there really is not alternative to buying/borrowing this book.)
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.
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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