Chris Packham has chosen his favourite badger illustrations that will be published in our wildlife crime novel, A Badger’s Tale.

Enjoy the slideshow of the winning illustrations (in no particular order):




Chris Packham says: “What a moving collection of artwork! Each piece revealing a little what badgers mean to these extraordinary young artists.

As well as a breathtaking array of head shots using all kinds of materials and techniques, we received illustrations of badgers peering out of setts, among woodland flora and fauna, scratching, cuddling up, calling out, climbing, sleeping, and even making magic and protesting!

The huge variety of styles and creative perceptions made my job rather challenging, though that isn’t at all a bad thing, quite the opposite – it’s inspiring!

My chosen pieces will be published in the teen wildlife crime novel, A Badger’s Tale, by Geoff Francis. The book celebrates the badger, questions what happens to it at the hands of humans and aims to help recruit aid and understanding among younger people.

It’s been thoroughly enjoyable judging Naturewatch Foundation’s illustration competition. Thank you to everyone who entered – please know that you’re helping to raise awareness of a shy, fiercely loyal and strikingly beautiful animal that desperately needs our protection.”


The Badger Boy illustration competition is being run by Naturewatch Foundation and sponsored by No More Dodos