With it's distinctive black and white striped head the Badger can be found throughout the UK living in woodlands, mountains, towns, sea cliffs and roadsides, inhabiting landscapes from the Northern tip of Scotland to the South coast of England. A quarter of the population can be found in the South-West of England, and a few badgers are found on some of the islands, including Arran, where they were introduced in the eighteenth century for sport. The population is witnessing a recovery due largely to the increasing activities of badger groups around the country who have contributed to changes in legislation which have led to further protection of Badgers. The Badgers Act 1992 gave legal protection to badgers and their setts and it is now an offence to disturb or ill-treat them.
SOME BADGER FACTS
'Badger' comes from the french word 'Becheur' meaning digger. / Badgers have long claws which it uses to burrow. / The burrows that Badgers live in are called setts. / Badgers are nocturnal and have an extraordinary sense of smell. / Much of their lifestyle is governed by the information they receive through their noses. / Badgers live for around ten years in the wild. / Tens of thousands of Badgers are killed on our country's roads each year.