Badgerphernalia

Paraphernalia:

1. “Stuff, things…geegaws, whachamacallits, thingamajigs, dofunnies, hinktybobbles…”

From the Urban Dictionary

 2. “All the objects needed for or connected with a particular activity”

From the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus

Badgerphernalia:

All the objects needed for or connected with being a badger.

 

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Badgers have had a lot of bad press and not just in recent times. Vermin and pest are among the many less than complimentary words that have been used to describe badgers for hundreds of years. 

These days, in the UK, we hear a lot about disease-ridden badgers that must be ‘controlled’ if we are to stop bovine TB ‘spreading like wild fire’ in cattle populations across the country.

With all this negative spin, it’s easy to lose sight of the quintessential badger – a shy nocturnal mammal with an inordinate fondness for earthworms and beetles. A tenacious creature with phenomenal powers of excavation that likes to keep its sett clean and tidy, produce and raise cubs, and generally keep out of our way. An animal with a distinguished pedigree and many an ancient sett including one in the west of England that has been occupied for over 60,000 years.

In Badger Tales and Multimedia we share others’ experiences of some of the excitement and wonder of their encounters with wild badgers, along with various badger ‘bits & bobs’ ‘dofunnies’, ‘hinktybobbles’ and ‘trinkets’. We also include links to videos on the proposed pilot culls, badger vaccination and related matters.

We can’t persuade everyone to appreciate nature and wildlife. But we know that many people do care – why else would more than 210,000 people have signed an on-line government petition to stop the badger culls? Why else has every major consultation held on culling to date shown that that the vast majority of the UK public are opposed to culling?

Through Badgerphernalia we hope to show just how many people do value badgers and the natural environment – and why.