Photograph: A young Chris Packham with Eric Ashby at Badger Cottage, Eric’s fox sanctuary

For inspiration you can click through the gallery of photographs of badgers, taken by world famous pioneer of natural history film-making and photography, Eric Ashby.

Chris Packham says of Eric: “Eric and his wife Eileen were a great source of encouragement to me when I was younger and a little more fragile.  A lovely man.  And every time I campaign against the horror that is fox hunting I think of him and hope I do his memory justice.”

Eric believed that wild animals should be filmed behaving naturally, and his high standards of still photography and film-making in the wild became his hallmark.  Eric worked on many wildlife programmes for the BBC natural history unit.