Type

Journal Article

Authors

John Davenport
James O'Keeffe
D. Paddy Sleeman
Andrew W. Byrne

Subjects

Veterinary

Topics
predictive modelling ecology diet badgers comparative ecology vaccine delivery irish european badger meles meles adult social groups ireland habitat badger

The ecology of the European badger (Meles meles) in Ireland - a review (2012)

Abstract The badger is an ecologically and economically important species. Detailed knowledge of aspects ofthe ecology of this animal in Ireland has only emerged through research over recent decades. Here,we review what is known about the species’ Irish populations and compare these findings withpopulations in Britain and Europe. Like populations elsewhere, setts are preferentially constructed onsouth or southeast facing sloping ground in well-drained soil types. Unlike in Britain, Irish badgermain setts are less complex and most commonly found in hedgerows. Badgers utilise many habitattypes, but greater badger densities have been associated with landscapes with high proportions ofpasture and broadleaf woodlands. Badgers in Ireland tend to have seasonally varied diets, with lessdependence on earthworms than some other populations in northwest Europe. Recent researchsuggests that females exhibit later onset and timing of reproductive events, smaller litter sizes andlower loss of blastocysts than populations studied in Britain. Adult social groups in Ireland tend to besmaller than in Britain, though significantly larger than social groups from continental Europe.Although progress has been made in estimating the distribution and density of badger populations,national population estimates have varied widely in the Republic of Ireland. Future research shouldconcentrate on filling gaps in our knowledge, including population models and predictive spatialmodelling that will contribute to vaccine delivery, management and conservation strategies.
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Ireland -> University College Dublin -> College of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine (superseded in 2015)
Ireland -> Teagasc -> Crops, Environment & Land Use Programme
Ireland -> University College Dublin -> School of Veterinary Medicine (superseded in 2015)
Ireland -> Teagasc -> Environment, Soils & Land Use
Ireland -> Teagasc -> Environment, Soils & Land Use

Full list of authors on original publication

John Davenport, James O'Keeffe, D. Paddy Sleeman, Andrew W. Byrne

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James O'Keeffe
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 48
 
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Andrew W. Byrne
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 16