Nature Champions: Badger

Badger (c) Sandra Graham

Scotland’s fourth largest native mammal after Red deer, roe deer, and beaver. Badgers roam far afield at night, with a varied diet, but mainly of earthworms. Badgers have a complex territorial family life in clans, with males (boars) frequently wounded in fights. There are around 9,500 badger setts in Scotland.




Image (c) Sandra Graham

Action Needed

  1. Support the current Protection of Badgers Act 1992 (as amended in Scotland) and resist any appeal.
  2. Support better resourcing of Police Scotland and Scottish Badgers to advise the public and agencies on prevention of badger disturbance.
  3. Ensure the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy is fully implemented.


  1. Illegal dog and badger fighting
  2.  Development activities in forestry, farming, housebuilding and infrastructure
  3.  50% of badger crimes are involved with the failure to apply for a licence for allowed badger disturbance, or not comply with the licence conditions

MSP Nature Champion

Colin Smyth

Member for: South Scotland

Region: South of Scotland

Party: Scottish Labour Party

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