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19 March 2015: Slow down for badgers!

Scottish Badgers, an independent Scottish charity, is asking motorists to slow down for the sake of our badgers.

Badgers do not hibernate but do spend more below than above ground during the cold winter months. As the days become longer in March and early April badgers become more active foraging for earthworms and other food such as small rodents, frogs, slugs, berries, acorns, insects, grubs, fruit, nuts and bluebell  bulbs.

During recent badger surveys Stuart Spray Wildlife Consultancy has noticed an increase in badger activity including fresh digging and bedding outside sett entrances, fresh dung pits (know as latrines), snuffle holes and footprints.

Unfortunately late spring and early summer is also time of year when we see more dead badgers on the side of the road. It is estimated that 50,000 badgers are killed on UK roads each year. Many of the badgers that get hit by cars as they cross country roads are cubs that have recently left the safety of their setts to explore their local environment in search of food.

Ian Hutchison, Species Protection Officer with Scottish Badgers, commented “Please try and remember Brock and slow down. It will save a lot of damage and upset and hopefully reduce the carnage on the roads.”