Badger (Meles meles)

Badger © Darin Smith


The badger is a common species throughout Wiltshire. Badgers preferred habitat is deciduous woodland or open grassland with some woodland although they can be found in coniferous woodland and urban areas. Badgers live in complex dens called sets which often contain multiple chambers for sleeping as well as latrines with some of these sets being used repeatedly over multiple generations.
Badgers generally give birth to between 1 – 5 cubs between January and March and the cubs will then wait a further 8 week in the set before emerging.


Badgers are opportunistic feeders with a diet ranging from fruit and nuts to earthworms and hedgehogs.

How to identify/track?

Easily recognisable with their distinctive black and white markings, they are around 70cm in length and weigh around 18kg. Badgers are often picked up by car headlights.

Did you know?

  • The word Badger comes from the French for digger: the old English term brock is used in many place names for areas which historically had badgers.
  • Even though they are nocturnal, badgers have but eyesight so they rely on their other senses to move around.

Reserves where they are present

Found all over Wiltshire.

Others in the Mammal Family

American MinkBank VoleBrown HareGrey Squirrel, Hazel DormouseHedgehogHouse MouseOtterRabbitRed FoxWeaselWild Boar

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