Badgers are normally shy and retiring nocturnal animals who live in social or family groups called a clan.
Within their territory they live fairly peaceably, but they will squabble amongst themselves to establish a hierarchy.
Around the sett badgers will groom each other and individuals will frequently musk or scent mark other members of the group.
It is in this way that group members develop a “collective” scent, which is different from other groups.
During the winter months, food is less abundant so badgers tend to live off their reserves of fat.
Although less active in the winter, badgers do not hibernate.
Vocalisation is not one of the badger’s strong points, but they can be heard to make barks, growls and chattering noises.