They are either seen as charming, nocturnal creatures who are a rare treat to spot - or as a bacteria-ridden pest bringing disease to our farmers - badgers polarise opinion like perhaps no other wildlife creature in this country.
Long linked with the spread of Bovine Tuberculosis, the animals have, in some parts of the country, been culled to stop the spread of the disease. But in East Sussex, a project's underway to vaccinate the creatures instead.
David Johns explains, talking to Kate Edmonds from the Sussex Badger Vaccination Project; Annie Vernon from the National Farmers Union; and wildlife conservationist Trevor Weeks MBE.
Police are appealing to the public for information after the entrance of a badger sett was set on fire on the Isle of Wight. It happened at St Boniface Down and reported to police on March 31. It appears that petrol was poured into the sett.
Sergeant Richard Stapleton who is investigating said: “We’d like to hear from you if you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area over the past few days."
A red plastic petrol container was left behind at the scene. The person responsible may have suffered injuries.
Police are appealing for information after around 20 badger setts were disturbed on land behind Boxers Lane in Niton on the Isle of Wight.Police were contacted by a local badger action group this morning after it had been discovered that poison had been poured into the setts.
Badgers are a protected species and it is an offence to kill them and also interfere with badger setts. It is also an offence to lay any poison on any land. We want to hear from anyone who might have seen any suspicious activity in this area or near to any badger sett."
– Wildlife crime officer, PC Nick Massey
There's no doubt in my mind this was a deliberate act of cruelty. The poison could have caused a horrible and incredibly painful death, involving a lot of internal bleeding and pain. We urge anyone who knows anything about this incident to come forward and let either us or the police know."