5. Badger carving

The badger is the emblem on the Wildlife Trust South & West Wales. The Badger is our biggest land predator, a member of the Mustelid family and related to Stoats, Weasels and Otters. An unmistakable animal; large and grey, with a short fluffy tail, black belly and paws and the familiar black and white-striped face. The Badger is just as common as the Red Fox, but more nocturnal and elusive in its habits. Badgers live in large family groups in a burrow system known as a ‘sett’. They feed on small mammals, ground-nesting bird’s eggs, earthworms, fruit and roots and bulbs, which they dig up with their strong front paws. Cubs are born in January or February, but spend the first two or three month’s underground, only emerging in the spring.