By Timothy J Roper
The badger is a huge mammal, universal yet very hardly visible in Britain, which has turn into one in all Britain's best-loved animals. This quantity unearths the extreme advanced way of life that enables this secretive animal to reside in even the main built-up parts of Britain.
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In addition, British badgers now, for the first time in their history, enjoy a considerable degree of legal protection (see Chapter 1). Nevertheless, they still face serious anthropogenic threats from increasing volumes of road traffic, urbanisation and agricultural intensification (see Chapter 2). They are also still under threat of localised culling for purposes of bovine tuberculosis control, especially in Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (see Chapter 10). Given this history, it is not surprising that our relationship with badgers is complex.
The difficulty, of course, is in conveying the nuts and bolts of hard scientific information and the excitement of ideas in an intelligible manner, without oversimplifying and, even more importantly, without losing the sense of wonder and delight in nature that motivates every enthusiastic naturalist and every professional biologist. This is what I have tried to do. Many people helped to make the book a reality. David Streeter first suggested that I write a badger book and I could not have done so without the support and facilities of the University of Sussex.
6a). The second genus, Meles, is also generally supposed to contain only one species, the Eurasian (or European) badger Meles meles (Fig. 6b). However, as we shall see, some authorities distinguish three species: the European badger Meles meles, the Asian badger Meles leucurus and the Japanese badger Meles anakuma. The third genus, Arctonyx, was also until recently considered to contain only one species, the Asian hog badger Arctonyx collaris (Fig. 6c). , 2008). The fourth genus, Melogale, is now thought to contain four species of ferret badgers: the Chinese (or small-toothed) ferret badger M.