The first two weeks in February are when badger cubs are born. There are usually 2-3 cubs in a litter, each being around 15-16cm long and weighing in at about 75-130g.
The cubs will soon be covered in tiny grey hairs with the faint distinctive black facial strips.
The cubs will stay underground until April or May and will be weaned at around three months old.
Unfortunately many lactating female badgers are killed on the roads. If you see a badger on the side of the road and it is safe to do so, please stop to check on it.
Even if it is dead, if it is a female and it is lactating, please contact your local badger group as there may be orphan badger cubs which could starve to death underground if their mother doesn’t return.
Here is a quick video of my local badger cubs from 2016
After a few nights of hard frosts and minus 3 degrees or below, Thursday night was the first night that it was slightly warmer and rained, this meant that the badger sett was pretty busy.
It’s amazing to think that anytime soon this years badger cubs will be born.