How do badgers live underground?

Chris Packham investigates how badgers live in family setts underground that are distributed across their territory.

Chris Packham describes how badgers are the biggest animal that lives underground in the UK. In a man-made sett, cameras are used to observe the badgers playing. In the wild, a sett is in the middle of the large territory that belongs to a family of badgers. The main sett is where the badgers live for most of the year and where they rear their babies. Smaller setts are used in the warmer times of the year so that they can sleep near to where they find food. Badgers mark the edges of their territory using smelly faeces and this helps them avoid conflict with other badger families.

Teacher Notes

You could start by asking the class to describe the family group that they live in. How many members of their family do they live with? Do they live in the same house all the time, or do they sometimes stay with relatives, or go on holiday?

After watching the clip, you could ask them to describe how humans know which bits of land belong to whom. What would life be like if we used the same methods as badgers?!

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching science at KS1 and KS2 in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and at Early and 1st Level in Scotland.