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Gardening: Did you know? BADGERS.

Byline: Edited by Steve Riches

THE heat is on for badgers. Those garden-wrecking TB-carrying beasts of beauty are threatened with a massive cull. But did you know...

BADGERS found in the UK are the Eurasian Badger (meles meles), once classified as a bear. They're closely related to weasels.

THEY live in groups (clans) in underground tunnels (setts) in wooded areas and have up to five cubs in late winter.

THERE are about 300,000 in the UK, mainly in the south-west.

MALES (boars) grow up to 3ft and may weigh 12kg. They fight among themselves, but shy away from humans.

AT dawn and dusk, they feed on earthworms, frogs, insects, mice, slugs, birds' eggs, nuts, berries and plant shoots.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Nov 11, 2007
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