About Badgers

Everything you could possibly want to know about badgers, from how to spot if they are active and present to what to do if you find a badger in trouble.

Badgers are much beloved, typically woodland creatures native to the UK.
They are deeply interwoven into our culture and identity. We think they’re
pretty awesome. Learn more about how to spot if they’ve been around,
what they eat and where they below.



Signs
Spotting if badgers are active or present is easy as they are messy. They live in big holes in the ground and if there are badger active and living in the sett you notice fresh tracks, discarded bedding and excrement.
Tracks and Paths
A badger sett is a system of tunnels and nesting chambers lined with bedding such as grass, moss and leaves. Outside the sett, there will be prominent paths which lead between the holes, as well as obvious spoil heaps of excavated soil. Within a few metres of the sett, there may be latrines in which badgers defecate. A sett may have a single entrance hole, or many entrances.
Grass Moss and Leaves
A badger sett is a system of tunnels and nesting chambers lined with bedding such as grass, moss and leaves. Outside the sett, there will be prominent paths which lead between the holes, as well as obvious spoil heaps of excavated soil. Within a few metres of the sett, there may be latrines in which badgers defecate. A sett may have a single entrance hole, or many entrances.
Bedding
Bundles of discarded bedding may be scattered around an entrance and a nearby tree may show claw marks, where the animals have scratched and cleaned their claws on the bark.
Footprints
Proof of badgers in residence can be provided by footprints, latrines, or hairs on the soil of the spoil heap. Often setts have spoil heaps outside, these being evidence of the extensive labyrinth of underground tunnels. Badger footprints are very distinctive. Broader than they are long with five toes and five long claws often being detectable. Unlike the cat, the badger can not retract his claws. The badger is a heavy animal for his size, well worn paths develop as the badger travels over the same ground again and again.
Well Worn Tracks
When walking the badger will often put the back foot on the front footprint, making footprints rather smudgy.
Hairs
It is quite common to find badger hairs attached to fencing above badger paths.
Breeding
Spotting if badgers are active or present is easy as they are messy. They live in big holes in the ground and if there are badger active and living in the sett you notice fresh tracks, discarded bedding and excrement.
Tracks and Paths
A badger sett is a system of tunnels and nesting chambers lined with bedding such as grass, moss and leaves. Outside the sett, there will be prominent paths which lead between the holes, as well as obvious spoil heaps of excavated soil. Within a few metres of the sett, there may be latrines in which badgers defecate. A sett may have a single entrance hole, or many entrances.
Grass Moss and Leaves
A badger sett is a system of tunnels and nesting chambers lined with bedding such as grass, moss and leaves. Outside the sett, there will be prominent paths which lead between the holes, as well as obvious spoil heaps of excavated soil. Within a few metres of the sett, there may be latrines in which badgers defecate. A sett may have a single entrance hole, or many entrances.
Bedding
Bundles of discarded bedding may be scattered around an entrance and a nearby tree may show claw marks, where the animals have scratched and cleaned their claws on the bark.
Footprints
Proof of badgers in residence can be provided by footprints, latrines, or hairs on the soil of the spoil heap. Often setts have spoil heaps outside, these being evidence of the extensive labyrinth of underground tunnels. Badger footprints are very distinctive. Broader than they are long with five toes and five long claws often being detectable. Unlike the cat, the badger can not retract his claws. The badger is a heavy animal for his size, well worn paths develop as the badger travels over the same ground again and again.
Well Worn Tracks
When walking the badger will often put the back foot on the front footprint, making footprints rather smudgy.
Hairs
It is quite common to find badger hairs attached to fencing above badger paths.
Diet
Spotting if badgers are active or present is easy as they are messy. They live in big holes in the ground and if there are badger active and living in the sett you notice fresh tracks, discarded bedding and excrement.
Tracks and Paths
A badger sett is a system of tunnels and nesting chambers lined with bedding such as grass, moss and leaves. Outside the sett, there will be prominent paths which lead between the holes, as well as obvious spoil heaps of excavated soil. Within a few metres of the sett, there may be latrines in which badgers defecate. A sett may have a single entrance hole, or many entrances.
Grass Moss and Leaves
A badger sett is a system of tunnels and nesting chambers lined with bedding such as grass, moss and leaves. Outside the sett, there will be prominent paths which lead between the holes, as well as obvious spoil heaps of excavated soil. Within a few metres of the sett, there may be latrines in which badgers defecate. A sett may have a single entrance hole, or many entrances.
Bedding
Bundles of discarded bedding may be scattered around an entrance and a nearby tree may show claw marks, where the animals have scratched and cleaned their claws on the bark.
Footprints
Proof of badgers in residence can be provided by footprints, latrines, or hairs on the soil of the spoil heap. Often setts have spoil heaps outside, these being evidence of the extensive labyrinth of underground tunnels. Badger footprints are very distinctive. Broader than they are long with five toes and five long claws often being detectable. Unlike the cat, the badger can not retract his claws. The badger is a heavy animal for his size, well worn paths develop as the badger travels over the same ground again and again.
Well Worn Tracks
When walking the badger will often put the back foot on the front footprint, making footprints rather smudgy.
Hairs
It is quite common to find badger hairs attached to fencing above badger paths.
Habitat
Spotting if badgers are active or present is easy as they are messy. They live in big holes in the ground and if there are badger active and living in the sett you notice fresh tracks, discarded bedding and excrement.
Tracks and Paths
A badger sett is a system of tunnels and nesting chambers lined with bedding such as grass, moss and leaves. Outside the sett, there will be prominent paths which lead between the holes, as well as obvious spoil heaps of excavated soil. Within a few metres of the sett, there may be latrines in which badgers defecate. A sett may have a single entrance hole, or many entrances.
Grass Moss and Leaves
A badger sett is a system of tunnels and nesting chambers lined with bedding such as grass, moss and leaves. Outside the sett, there will be prominent paths which lead between the holes, as well as obvious spoil heaps of excavated soil. Within a few metres of the sett, there may be latrines in which badgers defecate. A sett may have a single entrance hole, or many entrances.
Bedding
Bundles of discarded bedding may be scattered around an entrance and a nearby tree may show claw marks, where the animals have scratched and cleaned their claws on the bark.
Footprints
Proof of badgers in residence can be provided by footprints, latrines, or hairs on the soil of the spoil heap. Often setts have spoil heaps outside, these being evidence of the extensive labyrinth of underground tunnels. Badger footprints are very distinctive. Broader than they are long with five toes and five long claws often being detectable. Unlike the cat, the badger can not retract his claws. The badger is a heavy animal for his size, well worn paths develop as the badger travels over the same ground again and again.
Well Worn Tracks
When walking the badger will often put the back foot on the front footprint, making footprints rather smudgy.
Hairs
It is quite common to find badger hairs attached to fencing above badger paths.
Behaviour
Spotting if badgers are active or present is easy as they are messy. They live in big holes in the ground and if there are badger active and living in the sett you notice fresh tracks, discarded bedding and excrement.
Tracks and Paths
A badger sett is a system of tunnels and nesting chambers lined with bedding such as grass, moss and leaves. Outside the sett, there will be prominent paths which lead between the holes, as well as obvious spoil heaps of excavated soil. Within a few metres of the sett, there may be latrines in which badgers defecate. A sett may have a single entrance hole, or many entrances.
Grass Moss and Leaves
A badger sett is a system of tunnels and nesting chambers lined with bedding such as grass, moss and leaves. Outside the sett, there will be prominent paths which lead between the holes, as well as obvious spoil heaps of excavated soil. Within a few metres of the sett, there may be latrines in which badgers defecate. A sett may have a single entrance hole, or many entrances.
Bedding
Bundles of discarded bedding may be scattered around an entrance and a nearby tree may show claw marks, where the animals have scratched and cleaned their claws on the bark.
Footprints
Proof of badgers in residence can be provided by footprints, latrines, or hairs on the soil of the spoil heap. Often setts have spoil heaps outside, these being evidence of the extensive labyrinth of underground tunnels. Badger footprints are very distinctive. Broader than they are long with five toes and five long claws often being detectable. Unlike the cat, the badger can not retract his claws. The badger is a heavy animal for his size, well worn paths develop as the badger travels over the same ground again and again.
Well Worn Tracks
When walking the badger will often put the back foot on the front footprint, making footprints rather smudgy.
Hairs
It is quite common to find badger hairs attached to fencing above badger paths.
Help & Advice
Our website is packed full or helpfull advice and facts about badgers and how the handle them in numerous situations.
BADGERS IN
DISTRESS
If you find a badger in need
of urgent care or distress
then call us immediately on
our dedicated Phone line.
BADGERS IN
THE GARDEN
If you need help with
badgers on your property?
We can help you rehouse
the badgers.
BADGERS &
DEVELOPMENT
If you’re concerned about
badger welfare in relation
to property development.
Learn About Badgers!
Did You Know?