Badgerlands: The Twilight World of Britain's Most Enigmatic Animal

June 14, 2021
Badgerlands: The Twilight World of Britain's Most Enigmatic Animal

Britain is the home of the badger - there are more badgers persquare kilometre in this country than in any other. And yet many ofus have never seen one alive and in the wild. They are nocturnalcreatures who vanish into their labyrinthine underground setts atthe first hint of a human.Here, Patrick Barkham follows in the footsteps of hisbadger-loving grandmother, to meet the feeders, farmers andscientists who know their way around Badgerlands: the mysteriousworld in which these distinctively striped creatures snuffle, digand live out their complex social lives. As the debate over thebadger cull continues, Barkham weighs the evidence on both sides ofthe argument, and delves into the rich history of the badger - fromtheir prehistoric arrival in Britain and their savage persecutionover the centuries, to Kenneth Grahame's fictional creation in Windin the Willows and the badger who became a White House pet.From the celebrated author of The Butterfly Isles, thisis rich, vivid nature writing at its best.