As our largest surviving carnivore, badgers are a vital part of Scotland’s biodiversity and landscape.

In 2019, our annual celebration of Scotland’s badgers, Scottish Badger Week, runs from 4 – 12 May 2019.

Scottish Badger Week is a partnership between the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Scottish Badgers

Dozens of events are taking place across Scotland including badger watches, craft workshops and more. For full information please click here.

Get involved in learning more about this much-loved species and do your bit to help protect them for future generations.

Five facts about badgers

  • They need to eat 200 earthworms every day
  • The Gaelic word for badger is Broclach, (hence the traditional name ‘Brock’)
  • Males are called boars, females are sows and young are cubs
  • There are around 34,000 badgers in Scotland
  • They can be found in a wide range of habitats including moorlands, woodlands and urban areas

Badgers are under threat

Both badgers and their setts are protected by law. Sadly they still face a number of threats. These include being killed on the roads, habitat loss and disturbance, and persecution including baiting.

What can I do to help?

 There are lots of ways you can get involved to help protect badgers during Scottish Badger Week and beyond:

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