The badger is our biggest land predator, a member of the Mustelid family and related to stoats, weasels and otters. The badger is just as common as the red fox, but more nocturnal and elusive in its habits.
Badgers live in large family groups in a burrow system known as a sett. An occupied sett can be recognised by the tidy burrow entrances, marked with piles of used bedding (hay and leaves), and by nearby latrine pits where they leave their droppings.
They feed on small mammals, ground-nesting birds eggs, earthworms, fruit and roots and bulbs, which they dig up with their strong front paws. Cubs are born in January or February, but spend the first two or three months underground, only emerging in the spring.
Badgers can be seen all year round.
View our sightings page to find local photographs.
Wildlife in Cumbria changes through the seasons. Take a look at what you might see this month:
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Otters are one of our top predators, feeding mainly on fish, waterbirds, amphibians and crustaceans.
It was once possible to find terns along much of the coast of Cumbria, but the only reliable tern sites are now in south Cumbria, at protected sites.