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Hero or villain? Raccoons divide opinion in Germany

Attenborough and the Giant Sea Monster

It’s not too late to enjoy this special documentary that follows Sir David

Attenborough as he investigates the skull of a pliosaur that has been uncovered on the Jurassic Coast. Catch up on iPlayer

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Simon Reeve

Wilderness

Adventurer Simon Reeve journeys into the heart of some of Earth’s last great

wild areas in this four-episode series, meeting the wildlife and people of the Coral Triangle, the Congo Rainforest, the Kalahari Desert and Patagonia. Due to air at the end of January

The Climate Question

Host Graihagh Jackson and BBC climate editor Justin Rowlatt bring together a

global panel to look back at the key climatic events of 2023, discussing the latest climate science and how the world is progressing on finding solutions. Catch up on BBC Sounds

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Raccoons are having a rocky

time in Germany

PAUL McGUINNESS, EDITOR

Ihope you like the cover of this issue – I must confess, it’s one of my favourites. The raccoon has a number of nicknames, including the trash panda, but whenever I see one, I’m struck by its bandit mask, which reminds me of watching Zorro on the TV as a child. Katharina Vlaanderen reports on how this invasive mammal is dividing opinion in Germany (p38), where it is now rampant. Some of the locals love it, while others are fighting a losing battle to keep numbers down. It may be wanted, but in what sense? And that’s typical of so much when it comes to conservation. Everything is just so complicated that it can be hard to know what to do for the best. Which is why we always try to present every side of an issue, reporting on what’s happening and leaving it to you to make up your minds. After all, when it comes to nature, there are no black-and-white issues.

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