Scientific Name: Meles meles (Mustelidae).
English Name: Badger (Marten family).
French Name: Blaireau.
5 Key Characters:
- grey above, black below.
- head striped black and white.
- heavyset, with short legs.
- short tail.
- long snout.
Behaviour: Nocturnal. Ambles or trots, bounds heavily if needs a burst of speed. Likes water, does not climb well. Generally lives socially. Very wary. Can be quite noisy and vocal.
Status: Abundant but not seen often except as roadkill. Hunting is allowed.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:
|Active badger sett in a roadside bank near Chaumussay.|
|Active badger sett under mature trees and a causeway into a privately owned chateau near Bossay-sur-Claise. This is their path up and over the causeway.|
|Hole dug by badgers under the wall of a privately owned chateau near Bossay-sur-Claise. This point is roughly where the residential part of the chateau ends and the stables begin.|
|Badger activity under the wall of a privately owned chateau near Bossay-sur-Claise.|
|Badger hole inside the stables of a privately owned chateau near Bossay-sur-Claise. This hole is on an external wall.|
|Badger holes under an internal wall of the stables of a privately owned chateau near Bossay-sur-Claise.|
|Badger hole on the edge of a field near Braslou. The tunnel goes down about a metre then takes a sharp right turn. Some sizeable chunks of stone have been excavated.|
|A badger track in a muddy clay track through fields near Braslou. You can see the size and length of the claws, powerful digging tools.|
|A badger paw print on a sandy track near Braslou.|
|Badger sett near Chaumussay. There are at least three active badger setts within about a kilometre radius of this one.|
|Clear signs of recent digging, indicating an occupied sett.|
|A very active sett, with lots of digging going on.|
|The badgers' excavations are encroaching on the road here.|
|Badger prints on a sandy track.|
|Large entrances to a sett behind a veil of vegetation.|
|This badger sett is something of a multistorey residence.|
|An extensive sett with many entry / exit holes.|
Badger Highrise, a post on our daily blog Days on the Claise.