European Badger

The badger is a large mammal that had not been recorded at Wellington since 2015, but several sightings of a single badger in the summer of 2020 suggests that they are once again returning to the College. A powerful creature, they will dig for grubs and termites under the lawns and can cause much angst for gardeners, groundsmen and golf greenkeepers alike if they decide that “their” lawn is the one to be dug up!

With a black and white stripy face, grey body and an amusing “wobble-bottom” run it is easy to see why they have so much appeal and equally can divide opinion with land managers and the public.

The badger that was seen in 2020 has not been seen since August so it is believed to be a single boar (male) passing through to find a mate.

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