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The badger is a native of almost all of Europe and some parts of western Asia. It is a powerfully built black, white, brown and grey animal with a small head, sticky body, small black eyes and a short tail. It is a nocturnal, social, burrowing animal that sleeps during the day in a burrow known as a sett. A sett may house several badger families and may have an extensive system of underground passages, chambers and several entrances. 


Badgers clean out their setts, periodically replacing soiled bedding material with a fresh replacement. They sometimes share their setts with other animals such as rabbits or red foxes but can be ferocious when provoked. They eat a wide variety of plant and animal food including earthworms, large insects, small mammals, cereals and tubers. 


In Ireland there is a stable population of badgers and they can be found throughout Ireland in areas of suitable habitat, typically lowland grassland and woodland habitats but also occasionally upland and suburban areas.

Image (c) from Mark Robinson, used under Creative Commons License BY 2.0.

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