Black and white striped long face. Grey body with paler underfur, black fur on legs. Low-set animal, short tail.
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Tracks can be found in sand, mud and snow, and in a variety of habitats. Badger footprints are five-toed, but are quite distinctive looking and significantly larger than other mustelids. Width 3.5 –4.5cm.
Badgers often leave droppings in a small pit or latrine, as seen here. They often contain seeds and berries. They can be purple in colour due to their diet. However, can be more mud-like when the diet has been predominately earthworms.
Smell: foul smelling. Has strong musky, oily smell.
Widespread across mainland UK and Ireland. (Maps are based on expert advice, as of 2007. Some species ranges may have changed in the time since. We are currently in the process of updating the maps.)
Highly adaptable opportunistic foragers with omnivorous diet (eat plants and animals). Earthworms important part of diet, also eats larger insects, small mammals (mostly young), carrion, cereals and fruit.
maximum 14 years.
Dave Williams, Surrey County Mammal Recorder, says:
“When surveying for mammals there are always surprises and strange occurrences. Never believe that all animals behave the way they are supposed to. Badgers digging setts in an open flat area, and in heavy clay soil, or on the side of a very busy road. I have rescued badgers from unusual places, behind a garage in a busy town, stuck in a drain on a building site, places where you would not expect them to be. But its not just badgers. Dormice that nest in a garden full of bamboo and laurel, one fast asleep and trapped in the polythene wrapping of a pallet of paving slabs that had travelled via three depots. Last year whilst checking a dormouse box a very angry weasel leapt out. I even found a wren caught in a longworth trap. Keep an open mind and beware of expecting the obvious.”