RSPB Spotlight Badgers

The Spotlight series introduces readers to the lives and behaviours of our favourite animals with eye-catching, colour photography and informative expert text.

RSPB Spotlight  Badgers

Author: James Lowen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472921828

Page: 128

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Badgers are elusive wanderers of the night and few mammals are as mysterious. Their nocturnal lifestyle meansnot many of us have ever glimpsed their monochrome form as they sniff and bustle their way through woodland or across pasture – yet most of us live far closer to a Badger group than we might think. In Spotlight: Badgers James Lowen explores all aspects of their lives including their communal living, feeding habits, as well as the major threats to and conservation support for Badgers. These iconic omnivores are widely represented in folklore and have permeated our popular culture. Generations of children have been entranced by Badger in Kenneth Grahame's book Wind in the Willows, however these determined yet mostly peaceful animals have also been loathed and persecuted for centuries. Badger baiting is thankfully now illegal, but the legal badger cull introduced in 2011 in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset remains in place following the 2015 general election. With so much politics surrounding Badgers in the UK, it's not easy to get unbiassed information. In RSPB Spotlight: Badgers James Lowen keeps a neutral tone on the debate about Badger culling. He describes the history, from the first Badger found to be infected with bTB in 1972 and the subsequent gassing of setts from 1975 to 1982. He also outlines the RSPB's stance on the Badger cull. As one of the UK's largest landowners, the RSPB oppose Badger culling on their land, in favour of vaccination, cattle testing, bio-security and movement controls. The Spotlight series introduces readers to the lives and behaviours of our favourite animals with eye-catching, colour photography and informative expert text.

RSPB Spotlight Hedgehogs

Generations of children have been captivated by Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, though our complex and contradictory relationship with the Hedgehog is also characterised by persecution and death.

RSPB Spotlight Hedgehogs

Author: James Lowen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472950062

Page: 128

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Much loved ... but about to be lost? The Hedgehog regularly tops polls of the UK's favourite animal, yet numbers in our countryside have halved this century. Generations of children have been captivated by Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, though our complex and contradictory relationship with the Hedgehog is also characterised by persecution and death. This unmistakable, spiny mammal is a 'gardener's best friend', but one that we rarely see alive and in our midst. In Spotlight: Hedgehogs, James Lowen reveals what a Hedgehog is and how it lives, unveiling the secrets of its lifestyle, such as foraging and hibernating, rolling into a ball and building a nest. He also investigates the relationship between Hedgehogs and people – from film and fun to conservation and crisps – and offers practical advice on how to find, watch and help these charming animals in the wild.

RSPB Spotlight Foxes

Right: Badger setts, sometimes used by Foxes, are easily identified by the well-
worn tracks around them. Below: Graveyards provide excellent earth sites for
both Badgers and Foxes in suburban areas. of Foxes. Each spring the adults
clear ...

RSPB Spotlight  Foxes

Author: Mike Unwin

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472922131

Page: 128

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Hero or villain? Few animals divide opinion like the Red Fox. This most successful of the world's wild canids has lived alongside people from time immemorial. Celebrated by some for its resourcefulness and lush pelt, reviled by others for plundering chicken runs and overturning bins, it has worked its way deep into Western. Behind the folklore and tabloid headlines, however, lies a remarkable natural history success story. In Spotlight: Foxes Mike Unwin explores how the Red Fox's versatility has allowed it to thrive across the northern hemisphere, from desert and mountain to farmland and urban jungle. This informative ebook covers all aspects of the Red Fox biology and lifestyle, including hunting and caching food, defending a territory, raising a litter and understanding the secrets of its complex vocalisations and body language. Finally, he examines the complex, often troubled relationship that the Fox has enjoyed and both endured with humankind, and suggests what the future might hold. The new Spotlight series introduces readers to the lives and behaviours of our favourite animals with eye-catching, colour photography and informative expert text.

RSPB Spotlight Hares

Brown Hares leave faint trails (paths) 10–20cm (4–73⁄4in) wide, but if you find
one it is hard to be sure it is used by hares, and not Badgers, Foxes, deer or
sheep. Tracks made by Mountain Hares are more obvious, and tend to go up and
down ...

RSPB Spotlight Hares

Author: Nancy Jennings

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472933656

Page: 128

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With their wild glare, swift turn of foot and secretive nature, hares are the rabbit's mysterious and untameable cousin. Always a thrilling wildlife spot, the hare has long been a symbol of Britain's sweeping, open countryside. Hares have also been associated with human culture and folklore for many centuries - their associations with spring can be traced back to the druids. Focussing on our two British species, the Brown Hare (found throughout the UK and widely distributed in Europe and Asia) and its more northerly relative the Mountain Hare (found in Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavia and the Russian Federation), RSPB Spotlight Hares offers exciting and up-to-date information on these incredible lagomorphs, with chapters covering their biology, evolution, natural history, behaviour, including courtship rituals, and ecology. Information on some of the more charismatic species of hare found elsewhere in the world and on hares' other relatives, the rabbits and pikas, is also provided. The author discusses in detail Hares' interactions with humans, in agriculture, habitat management, shooting and hunting, as well as in more culinary matters, and reveals why this almost mythical animal of hill and meadow is so sensitive to the changes we make to age-old farming landscapes. The presence and significance of hares in our culture is also discussed, including the Easter hare, Lewis Carroll's mad March hare, and hares as shape-changers. Nancy Jennings also offers useful tips on where and how to see hares for yourself in the wild.

Birds of France

Birds of France

Author: James Lowen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Wildlife

ISBN: 1472949013

Page: 144

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With 85 million tourists in 2015, France is the largest tourist destination in the world. This new photographic guide for general wildlife-watchers by naturalist James Lowen and French photographer Aurélien Audevard covers the 300 birds most likely to be seen on any visit to the country, with detailed text and superb photography, selected to highlight key identification criteria. Pocket-sized and portable, Birds of France is the perfect companion for any wildlife-watching tourist or traveler keen to recognize the birds that they see.

British Moths

From hawk-moths to tigers and ermines to emeralds, this guide is the perfect companion for anyone wanting to learn more about these beautiful and remarkable insects.

British Moths

Author: James Lowen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Wildlife

ISBN: 1472987381

Page: 224

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A complete beginner's guide to British moths. British Moths: A Gateway Guide is a wonderful introduction to 350 species of the most common and eye-catching adult moths that you may encounter in the UK. Rather than being grouped in taxonomic order, species are organised by season, and similar-looking moths are placed alongside one another for ease of identification. Concise species accounts include information on key features, making it easy to distinguish between confusion species, seasonality, and when and where to see them; each account is also placed alongside photos that have been carefully chosen to aid identification with clearly-marked top tips. From hawk-moths to tigers and ermines to emeralds, this guide is the perfect companion for anyone wanting to learn more about these beautiful and remarkable insects.

BBC Wildlife

EL Safari surting by Simon Bell up webcams so you can watch the birds as they
sit See More wildlite . com rspb . org . uk ... One camera has a telephoto lens , so
rangers can zoom in on distant wildlife , and there ' s even a camera under a
spotlight so you can ... Badgercam was a recent hit - there ' s an underground
camera in an artificial badger sett where , if you ' re lucky , you ' ll see badgers at
home .

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The Parliamentary Debates Hansard

If there is to be any move towards night time access , I feel that there should be
some regulation on the question of spotlights . ... If people like the noble Lord ,
Lord Hardy , want to go to watch badgers at night , is to too much to ask that they
find out who the landowner is and let ... in conjunction with Clackmannanshire
Heritage Trust , Scottish Natural Heritage and , it is to be hoped in the future , the
RSPB .

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Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Lords

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