Welcome to Ceredigion Badger Group
Ceredigion Badger Group aims to enhance the welfare, conservation and protection of badgers within the county. We are affiliated to the national Badger Trust.
What We Do
Surveying, Recording, Helping
Badger sett locations, disturbance, road traffic fatalities and habitat loss are under recorded in the county. The group seeks to address this through detailed record keeping and working in partnership with the local biodiversity records centre, the police and the national Badger Trust.
The group aims to provide help and advice to landowners and others on badger issues. It will also raise awareness about badgers with the aim of enhancing their protection and eliminating persecution. The group is working towards providing a rescue and rehabilitation service in conjunction with the RSPCA, local vets and wildlife hospitals.
A Badger's Year
Receptive females will have mated by now, and after cell division the egg will have developed into a blastocyst and implanted in the wall of the womb, to form a foetus Unused breeding chambers may be cleaned out. When weather permits badgers may leave the sett to forage, and collect bedding in anticipation of the birth of cubs.
The foetus will continue to develop, some additional digging will take place to extend chambers, and after around 6-8 weeks, cubs will be born. The sow will suckle her cubs for around 12 weeks. Soiled bedding may be seen laid out on spoil heaps where cubs are below ground, and some bedding collection will be taking place to replace it. Foraging will increase, but still be irregular, depending on weather. A second litter (again, due to delayed implantation) may be born during February or March.
Badgers are becoming more active, with foraging and bedding collection increasing. This extra activity (together with dark mornings and evenings) can result in an increase in road traffic collisions. Cubs will starve if the lactating sow is killed or seriously injured.
Cubs are becoming more curious within the sett, and depending on their date of birth and if the conditions are good, they may emerge towards the end of the month, but only under supervision. Excavation underground will slow down, but some bedding will still be collected.
Cubs will have emerged, and will be exploring around the vicinity of the sett. They’ll stick together, and mom won’t be far away. At 9-10 weeks old, the cubs develop very quickly and at 10-12 weeks they’ll begin to display typical, boisterous, badger behaviour. Research suggests that most of this behaviour is inherited, rather than learned.
Weather conditions will now influence growth rate and when the cubs are weaned. In very dry conditions (when earthworms are harder to find) mom may continue to suckle them past the end of the month, but under normal conditions most will be weaned before July, and foraging for themselves. Playtime gets increasingly noisy and boisterous.
During July, cubs may approach nearly half the weight of an adult if conditions are suitable. In a dry summer, the clan will need to travel further and for longer when foraging, to meet their nutritional needs. Invariably this results in another peak period for road casualties.
Excavation underground and bedding collection may increase again now, but the clan still prioritises foraging. If conditions are dry, with fewer earthworms, they’ll exploit other sources going into harvest time, such as berries, fruit, and commercially-grown crops such as maize.
Preparations for autumn and winter intensify at the sett, with digging, and the renewal of some bedding. Materials gathered will vary depending on environmental factors, and can include fern, trailing foliage such as wild clematis, rock rose, leaves, and even thistles. They’ll also help themselves to spillages when hay or straw is harvested. However, if it’s available rank grass is usually preferred. Material may be carried some distance, and is clutched to the chest and carried backwards. Feeding will also continue in earnest, as the animals build up vital bodyweight in preparation for winter months.
The clan continues to prioritise feeding to build up fat reserves, with less digging and bedding collection although at some large setts new tunnels and chambers may be excavated. Mating may continue.
All activities gradually decrease now, with foraging only when weather allows. Long periods of hard frost will cause the clan to rely on their build-up of fat reserves, although they may forage in snow. Very little (if any) mating will take place now.
A time for sleeping, and the delayed implanting of fertilised eggs in the wall of the womb will begin. The clan will be dreaming of an abundance of their favourite food, and cubs playing among the bluebells.
Please use this form or the email below to inform us of any badger disturbance, crime or road traffic fatalities. If urgent, please call us.
If you're calling about an injured badger and are unable to get hold of us please call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
The Welsh Government are funding a Badger Found Dead Project to test dead badgers for Bovine TB. If you find a dead badger you can contact the project by email, phone or via their website.
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Badger Found Dead Project tel no. 08081695110
Badger Found Dead Project email: email@example.com