The Badger

The badger is Britain's most dinstinctive animal, easily recognised by its black and white face, but sadly most people only see one when it is killed on the road.

Badgers are shy and nocturnal,but if you persevere it is not too difficult to see them in their natural surroundings. Members of the badger group can help you to learn how to find badgers and to watch them.

Although they are big and strong badgers eat mainly earthworms, insects and small mammals. They forage at night on pastures and grassland. In autumn they dig out wasps' nests and eat ripe fruits. Badgers search for their food using their noses. They have a really superb sense of smell. It is hundreds of times better than ours. Badgers live together in underground tunnels and chambers that they dig with their powerful legs and long claws.The entrance holes are much bigger than rabbit holes or fox earths and have big heaps of excavated soil. Badgers often clean out their home, known as a sett. They take dry vegetation into their sleeping chambers and sometimes bring it out to air.

If you find a badger sett please fill in a sett record form.

Badgers in this country live in small family groups. One male badger (boar) is dominant and defends the territory against other badgers. The picture on the left shows a dominant boar with chewed ears and scars. He got these through fighting. Usually each clan has only one or two sows that breed and each sow has just two or three cubs.

E-mail Leicestershire and Rutland Badger Group
Learn about badger cubs

Report badger setts

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