The badger is native, common and widespread throughout the UK. It is mostly nocturnal or crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk) and commonly found in woodlands and fields. In the UK, badgers live in large groups, unlike in the rest of Europe. They mark the boundaries of their territories with well worn paths and shared latrines (badger’s toilet area). They feed mainly on earthworms but they also can take large insects, cereals, fruit and sometimes small mammals such as hedgehogs and rodents.
Mammal Vital Statistics
- Size and weight
The average adult length from head to tail is 750mm. Weight varies according to season and food availability, with adults usually between: 6 to 7 kg in summer and 12 to 14 kg in autumn.
- Population Status
Native, common and widespread.
The most common cause of death is road accidents with motor vehicles. Also, illegal persecution and disease (gut parasites).
- Conservation Status
Badgers and their setts are fully protected in the UK under The Protection of Badgers Act 1992.