Badgers sometimes get a bad press, it used to be thought they were nasty, territorial and spread disease. The governments massive cull of badgers certainly hasn’t helped their case. Research suggests only 6% of Bovine TB is spread by badgers and better control of farmers spreading slurry would in fact help as it is believed to be passed through dung.
Badgers live in family clans, the male badgers are boars, the females are sows, and the babies are cubs. Latest research states rather than being fiercely territorial they are in fact tolerate of neighbours to their territory.
Badgers live in setts which can be very complex tunnels and with several rooms. The hole to the setts is d shaped. They keep the setts clean and regularly take rubbish out!
They poop nearby in a latrine. Badgers have a strong sense of smell but poor eyesight. They have 5 toes and very sharp claws. It’s not unusual for them to eat 200 earthworms a night and are omnivores. The cubs are usually born in January and February and stay below ground in the sett until spring.
Badgers are mostly nocturnal and often visit gardens especially if houses are built close to an existing sett. Too encourage Badger visits put out some peanuts, although it’s not a good idea to put out too much food as the badgers may become dependent. You can get some amazing night vision cameras to observe them. Remember badgers are protected by law and shouldn’t be disturbed.
Scottish Badger Week starts this Saturday the 5th May to raise awareness of these wonderful animals.
An excellent website is scottishbadgers.org.uk also the Facebook page Richard Bowler Wildlife Photography has some lovely photos and information.