Scientific name: Meles meles
Badgers are the UK’s largest land predator and are one of the most well-known British species. They are famed for their black and white stripes and sturdy body, using their strong front paws to dig for food and to perfect their hobbit-like burrows, called ‘setts’.
Average lifespan: 5-8 years
Protected in the UK under the Protection of Badgers Act, 1992, and the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.