BADGER Meles meles
STATUS: Widespread throughout the county
Widespread throughout the county, common in many areas and has
apparently increased in recent decades. Badgers are most often
associated with woodland or hedgerows but setts are quite often
found in open dale sides or fields in the White Peak. They are
rare or absent on high moorlands but do occur on the moorland
edge and setts are known up to at least 350m. They also avoid
wetlands, where sett construction is difficult. Reddish or
gingery-coloured (erythristic) individuals are sometimes seen.
Many records come from badgers killed on the roads, which
represents a major cause of mortality. Badger digging and other
forms of persecution remain a problem in some places. Four
Badger Groups cover the county (High Peak, Mid-Derbyshire,
Northeast Derbyshire, South Derbyshire).
[old local name: boson]