175 pages, 8 col plates
A fascinating insight into badger biology, life in the sett, rescue and rehabilitation, consultancy, badgers and farming, and badger-watching with George E. Pearce - an expert on badgers. He has surveyed over 700 sites, visited over 1,500 setts, been consulted as an expert in 120 animal cruelty cases and rehabilitated over 100 badgers. Brought up on a farm, he earned his living as a farmer for 45 years. Today, George is a badger consultant; and the foremost expert on the British mammal he admires the most.
For many years, the RSPCA, police, veterinary surgeons and conservation groups all over the country have relied on George Pearce's knowledge and his instinctive feel for animal behaviour. Now you can share in his experience and enthusiasm for badgers from his 70 years of badger watching and his vast professional wildlife experience. The book includes colour photographs of the incredible animal behaviour George describes in the text.
I ordered this book because of my interest and passion for badgers and wasn't sure what to expect. On opening the package the cover of the book made me smile. There, looking back at me, was a dewy eyed, wet nosed badger face and thoughtfully designed with the black background and white writing staying in line with the badger's trademarks. The introduction outlined the author as a farmer's boy who grew up to realise wildlife played an important part in the countryside and embarked on a mission to learn, understand and conserve it. This dedicated man has written and produced a detailed book which covers his personal journey alongside badgers and their behaviour, legislation, authority, developers and conservation.
I found the book full of examples of his experience, easy to read, interesting and enjoyable to the point it made me chuckle or gasp and even at some points thinking-Och . this can't be true"! In support of his written work there is a lovely selection of photos in chapter six justifying everything he had experienced. I especially loved the story Marooned: a bundle of badgers and the photo of 9 badgers huddled together up a tree is brilliant (photo gallery pages 90-91).
The book is structured well with the author putting across his thoughts and findings up for discussion. These include Bovine TB and modern farming techniques amongst other issues and the question, "Is it the badger that is the problem or is it the development?" I know what I think.
A must read for anyone who has an interest in badgers. It's a snip at £24.99." --Jackie Clark, Chair, Strathclyde Badger & Mammal Group
"George has an extraordinary and instinctive understanding of badger behaviour" - Mike Hughes, Badger Trust
"George Pearce reveals an uncanny knack to be in the right place at the right time to answer myriad badger questions." - Professor David W. Macdonald, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Oxford
Badger Behaviour, Conservation and Rehabilitation: 70 Years of Getting to Know Badgers
by Mr B Roades in UK
This book is shows a real insight to the animal and has some great stories, really worthy of a read.
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