The badger clan
The European or Eurasian Badger Meles meles is a native British species of mammal and a member of the mustelid family, which includes pine marten and stoats. They live in social but territorial groups called a ‘clan’, which generally consists of a dominant pair and their offspring, but can include up to 9 individuals.
The badger sett
As some of you may know, badgers are nocturnal, and live in an underground structure called a sett. The sett is often made up of a number of entrance holes leading into a subterranean tunnel and chamber system. As a result, they are prolific and powerful diggers with strong, short limbs and long claws that help them excavate.
Badgers will often live in the same sett for generations if undisturbed, with some known setts being in continual use for centuries.
Badger Watch at Dalkeith Country Park
Our Park Rangers are always keeping a watchful eye over the Dalkeith Country Park badgers. In 2020 The Park team were lucky enough to catch six cubs playing together in the park at night just outside of their sett. Mum definitely had her paws full!