HarlowBadgerGroup Discovering the world of the badger People living in Harlow   80,000 Badgers living in Harlow UNKNOWN! What is a Badger? A Badger is a mammal, and is a member of the Mustelidae family of animals which include Weasels, Pine Martens, Stoats and Otters. Male Badgers are called Boars, female Badgers are called Sows and young Badgers are called Cubs. It is well known for its black and white striped face and its body mainly has a grey appearance. How big is a Badger? Fully grown males (boars) are usually bigger than females (sows). They can be up to three feet in length, and weigh up to 16 kg. How long do Badgers live? The European Badger (Meles Meles) usually lives for five to six years, although there have been cases of Badgers living for ten or more years. Approximately 20% of the adult population is killed on the roads each year. Why are so many Badgers killed on the road? Unfortunately for Badgers they travel along routes by using their excellent sense of smell, these routes often cross roads. Badgers have poor eyesight and seem oblivious to traffic. If you find a Badger in the road (dead or alive) please call the Badger hotline, if the animal is alive we can help, it could be a sow and have cubs who depend on it. What do Badgers eat? Badgers are Omnivorous and will eat a wide range of food. Their favourite food is earthworms and they also love grubs and insects larvae and are well known for destroying wasps nests to get at young larvae inside.They also eat fruit, cereals, carrion, hedgehogs and young rabbits, but will clear up any tasty tit-bits left by humans, and will often raid dustbins when hungry. Frequently Asked Questions....... Essex Badger Hotline 07751 572 175