Badgers are nocturnal, powerful, social animals.

They live much of their lives below ground in family groups, and, sadly, the only time many people see them is as carcases on the roads, victims of today's high-speed and increasingly busy traffic.

Anyone lucky enough to watch them in the wild as they emerge, groom, feed and interact will understand why these iconic animals hold such a place in the nation's affections.

Of the eight bear species in the world the Sun Bear is the's also known as the Honey Bear due to its fondness of honey.

The bear's proper title is the Malayan Sun Bear and it lives throughout the Southeast Asian tropical forests. Its numbers are being depleted due to its slowly disappearing habitat, being poached for body parts and being captured to be kept, or bred, as pets. They're considered desirable as pets due to their small size and relatively inoffensive nature in comparison to other bears.

Did you know that bats are more closely related to humans than they are to mice?

Bats play an important role in many environments around the world.  There are over 1,100 types of bats in the world and they can be as small as a bee or as big as a dog!

The largest bats are the flying foxes and the smallest is the bumblebee bat - the world's smallest mammal.

Until recently I'd never heard of soap nuts but now I use them quite regularly.

Like most other people I use a washing machine - a lot and, although I'm not yet woman enough to forgo my machine in favour of the environment, I am conscious of what I put into it and, ultimately, into our rivers and streams.  By replacing one or two of my weekly 'detergent' washes with soapnuts I'm helping to reduce the amount of pollution entering our water systems everyday.

Soap nuts are actually 'soap berries' which grow on two varieties of Sapindu trees. They're grown mainly in India, Nepal and China and have been used for thousands of years for washing clothing, household cleaning and as a jewellery polisher.