Badgers in the Scottish Borders
European Badger (Meles meles)
The badger is our largest carnivore. Essentially a big weasel, they build underground setts in woodland and on moorland.
Weighing up to 18kg, the badgers diet is varied, eating slugs, beetles, nuts, fruits to rodents, worms are the staple food.
A badger clan’s exclusive territory, never overlaps with neighbouring clans; Boundary latrines prevent cross boundary disputes.
Clans of six or eight adults with up to four cubs per breeding female are known. Badgers are heavily protected and disturbance at setts is against the law.
Badger Sett image courtesy of Angela Hunter