Badgers are very distinctive animals with short, squat bodies and a distinctive black and white striped face with a greyish body. They live in communal groups and are strictly nocturnal, so are rarely seen. This means their presence is usually determined by a variety of signs that they leave.
During the day they are inactive, and rest in their setts, which are passed on from generation to generation. In certain conditions they may forage during the day, for example during hot summers when food is in short supply. They do not hibernate, but will spend a lot of time in the sett during cold spells in winter.
Badgers tend to live in social groups consisting of a number of adults and young.
Badgers dig their setts in woodland, dense scrub and lowland pastures. The setts may consist of one or several entrance holes. Badgers can also often be found in urban areas, moorlands and coastal habitats.
Badgers are widespread, although they are absent from parts of northern Scotland. The greatest numbers live in the south-west of England.