How often does a badger change its bed?

Badgers use a variety of materials as bedding, depending on the time of year.

Most commonly used is dry grass, leaves, bracken, hay, straw and moss. They use also Bluebells and other green material during the Spring, which as it decays produces heat which can help keep the cubs warm.  Garlic leaves are sometimes used which may help remove pests such as fleas, ticks and lice due to the strong smell.

Nesting chambers are filled with bedding materials to keep the badger insulated, off the wet mud and to minimise draughts. During harsh winter, windy weather I’ve seen my local badgers use bedding to temporarily block exposed entrance holes.

Badgers will change their bedding regularly to control flea infestations, badger fleas only jump onto the badgers to feed but mainly live in the bedding.

Badger will regularly ‘air’ their bedding, bring it out in to the open, leaving it out close to an entrance hole during a dry, sunny day to kill off pests, before taking back down in the evening.

A couple of times a year they will completely replace all bedding, normally before winter and before the cubs are born.

Michael Clark, author of ‘Badgers’ noted that in one case bedding  stayed underground for 14 months.





About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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9 Responses to How often does a badger change its bed?

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  2. Fascinating! I love the thought of them airing their bedding!


  3. Great video Alex. Love their efficiency to just drag and roll back. Excellent.


  4. This is fascinating and wonderful. I now wonder how many other burrow-dwelling animals have such fastidious adaptive behaviors.

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  5. Alexis says:

    I like that the close badger in the video is backing into the hole!

    Liked by 1 person

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