Badgers are iconic countryside mammals widespread throught UK, Ireland and parts of Europe



BadgerOrder: Carnivora

Family: Mustelidae

Species: Meles meles (European Badger)

IUCN Red List Status: Least concern.

Distribution: widespread throughout most of Europe including Britain and Ireland; they are most common in the south and west; scarce in East Anglia, parts of Scotland, urban Midlands.

Habitat: deciduous woodland, farmland and some large urban gardens and coastal cliffs.

Life-span: up to about 15 years

Size: Male:- head and body up to 76cm (30in); tail 15cm (6in). Female smaller.

Population: A survey of badger dens was conducted across England and Wales between November 2011 and March 2013.  The ‘estimated abundance of social groups’ was 71,600, an increase of 88% since the last study in 1985-1988.

Description: stocky grey body, short tail; distinctive black-and-white striped head with small white tipped ears.

Food: omnivore (both meat and plant eater); earthworms are the main food; also beetles, slugs, wasp grubs, frogs, young rabbits and mice, fruit, bluebell bulbs.

Badgers are one of the most popular and well-known British mammals. Some places have been named after them, such as Brockenhurst in Hampshire and Brockhall in Northamptonshire - brocc is an old English word for badger.

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