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

In 2021, our annual celebration of Scotland’s badgers, Scottish Badger Week, runs from 8-16 May.

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

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

If you take part in any activities let us know using #ScottishBadgerWeek

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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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