National Badger Week is here – who knew this was even a thing?
National Badger Week is a celebration of one of the UK’s most favourite and unique mammals. The Badger Trust
I love badgers – their distinctive markings, their nocturnal foraging, their cute but vicious reputation, the secretive social burrow of ‘the sett’, and the verb-isation of their kin.
How do I like ‘to badger‘ people with my chatter? Oh let me count the ways…
This nocturnal mammal has distinctive black and white stripes on its face, and can be seen in various areas across the UK.
Badgers are large mammals, growing up to one metre long, with a short body and tail. They are related to weasels and stoats.
Badger footprints are very distinctive, with five toe pads and visible claw marks.
The name badger is thought to have derived from the French ‘bêcheur’, meaning ‘digger’. Its strong, muscular body, short legs and long claws reflect its burrowing habits.
Scientific name: Meles meles
I don’t personally make anything in the representation of a badger, but loads of people do so I’ve made a Pinterest board of finds that I love in celebration of my favourite black and white foragers.
Two of these plates are by Jimboart and I love them! The pink plate was a gift.
Piling food in a heap on your patio does make life easier for badgers, but you may find it more interesting to scatter food across the lawn.
There’s even a video of Bill Oddie talking about badgers. (Weirdly, I have his autograph…)
Let me know if you’re doing anything badger-related this week :)