Badger Time

Keeping active, entertained and connected with new Badger Time activities.

 

With most of us spending more time at home than usual, finding ways to keep ourselves active, entertained and connected helps us take care of our mental health and wellbeing. 

 

So we put a call out to our supporters, our badger groups and our Brock Shop makers for ideas, and our amazing badger community has come together to create a range of badger-related activities for you and your clan, from young cubs to wise old brocks. 

 

From arts and crafts activities, puzzles and quizzes, to book club and film club, to guest articles, audio interviews and videos, you’re sure to find something new to do. And we’d love to see and share what you join in with – tag us on social media using #BadgerTime or email us here.

 

Our Badger Time activities have been generously donated to Badger Trust with lots of new and exclusive content created just for you. New activities are added regularly – keep checking back. And if you have anything you’d like to share, get in touch here.

Badger Time contents

 

Arts and Crafts

Lots to do - colouring, play dress-up, dot to dot and find the route to the peanuts puzzle.

Click on each image to open a pdf file you can download and print.

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Badger colour-in

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Let's Play Dress-up!

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Badger dot to dot

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Badger dot to dot

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Badger to colour

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Find the Peanuts

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Badger infochart to colour

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Badger sett to colour

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Badger dot to dot

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Basil the badger to colour

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Colour me in!

by Lily Clarke

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Badger & moon to colour

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Sitting badger to colour

 

Badger Time Guest Articles

Articles on a range of subjects from our friends in the badger community.

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Time to stop playing the badger blame game 

by Dominic Dyer


 

Has the 2020 badger cull ended? The Badger Trust’s view

by Badger Trust Staff Team
 

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by Kavita Ashton



 

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by Adrian Hinchliffe


 

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by Alex White

 

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Why badgers are victims of hunting

by Emily Lawrence

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Vaccination is the solution for animals as well as humans when it comes to disease control 

by Dominic Dyer

 
 

Book Club

Time to settle down for a quiet read with book recommendations for all ages from our Badger supporters.

Books for kids

The Boy Who Couldn't by Rachel Coverdale

Fiction Children's book. 8-15yrs. Published in 2019  

The school bully is the only one who can save them. James’ life has been turned upside down and now the local bully has made him a target. So why would his mother insist he should invite him over? Especially when they’re hiding a secret badger clan at the bottom of the garden.
Now the badgers are under threat from a gang with fighting dogs and the badgers aren’t the only ones in peril. Danger is approaching and it will make the most unlikely of heroes. A story about becoming the person you can be, not the person you are expected to be. The story was written with the intention of educating readers about badgers and the dangers they face. There is a fun quiz at the end to see how much they have learnt about badgers.  "Enjoyed it, and you have captured the potential image of the type of people who can be badger diggers. Certainly some of the ones I have encountered.."  Quote from Craig Fellowes, who advised the author on badger crime.

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

Fiction Children's book.  First published in 1970 with illustrations by Quentin Blake

Roald Dahl's tale of Mr Fox’s adventures and cunning escapades has been loved by children for generations.  The tale is about Mr Fox pitting his survival skills against the three farmers who wish to get rid of him and features his many friends, including best friend, Mr Badger.

Nature Stories by Enid Blyton

Fiction Children's book. Published in Paperback March 2020.

A collection of thirty wonderful stories about nature and the countryside from one of the world's best-loved children's authors; perfect to enjoy all year round. Enjoy the freedom of the outdoors, the beauty of the countryside and the charm of all creatures great and small in this bumper short-story collection. Enid Blyton loved the countryside, animals and birds and she wrote many wonderful stories to teach children all about the natural world. Each story is perfect for reading aloud to young children and is the ideal length for bedtime or classroom storytime. Blackwells Books

This Way Little Badger by Phil McMylor

Fiction Children's book. Suitable for reading to small children. 

Published by the Popular Ladybird Books.  The story covers the adventures of Little Badger who finds himself lost in the woods while on an outing with his big sister Belle.  Every page has illustrations by Cliff Wright.

Redwall by Brian Jacques

Fiction Children's book

Book 1 in the Redwall Series. Redwall Abbey, tranquil home to a community of peace-loving mice is threatened by Cluny the Scourge - the evil-one-eyed rat warlord - and his battle-hardened horde of predators. Cluny is certain that Redwall will fall easily to his fearsome army but he hasn't bargained for the courage and strength of the combined forces of the Redwall mice and their loyal woodland friends, including Constance, the wise old badger.

Lord Brocktree by Brian Jacques

Fiction Children's book
Book 13 of the Redwall Series. Salamandastron, under the guardianship of old Lord Stonepaw, is under threat from an enemy of immense and terrifying power. Ungatt Trunn, the wildcat who can make the stars fall from the sky, has attacked with his Blue Hordes and is determined that the fortress should be his. The mountain's defences are weak and it seems that nothing can stand in his way. Nothing, that is, but the badger Lord Brocktree, who is drawn to Salamandastron by an undeniable sense of destiny. But if he is to rescue the mountain from Trunn and his verminous hordes, he must gather about him an army capable of defeating them in battle. Together with the irrepressible haremaid, Dotti, and a host of brave creatures, Brocktree journeys to Salamandastron to fulfil his destiny. A captivating blend of heroism and adventure set against a backdrop of the legendary mountain fortress of Salamandastron. Amazon Books​

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Fiction Children's book. First published in 1972
Not suitable for young children 
Richard Adams’ spellbinding classic is one of the best-loved novels of all time. Set in the beautiful English countryside of the Berkshire Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a developer. Led by a stout-hearted pair of brothers, they leave the safety of Sandleford Warren in search of a safe haven and a mysterious promised land, skirting danger at every turn. Amazon Books

The Ones Who Walk Above by Ben Kaye and Stu Jones

Fiction Children's book. First published in 2016

Created by the award-winning team of Poet Ben Kaye and Illustrator Stu Jones. Raised on fireside tales of "The Ones Who Walk Above", a young badger leaves his loving home on a quest to find the truth behind the legends. Many adventures lie ahead as he searches for the mythical "Promised Land", but will his curiosity end in sorrow, or ultimately lead to salvation for the beleaguered creatures that call the countryside their home? "An enchanting, wonderful tale that will inspire and capture the imaginations of children and adults alike. It reminds us all of the beauty and wonder of the natural world around us and why we must do all we can to protect it for the future." - Dominic Dyer CEO Badger Trust 

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Fiction Children's book. First published in 1908

‘The Wind in the Willows’ is a true classic of Children’s literature. It was penned by Kenneth Grahame (1859 – 1932). Alternately slow-moving and fast-paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animal characters in a traditional bucolic version of the English Thames valley. ‘The Wind in the Willows’ is a novel notable for its adventure, mysticism, morality and unceasing camaraderie; loved and appreciated more than a century after its initial publication.
 

Books for adults

Out of the Wild by Mike Tomkies  Biography

Non-fiction. Published in 1985.

Mike wrote many books on his love of wildlife after giving up his life as a Freelance Journalist. In ‘Out of the Wild’ he wrote of his experiences living in isolation over a number of years in the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. Badgers, pine martens, foxes and eagles often became his closest companions.   

Badger by Timothy Roper- Natural History

Non-fiction. First edition published in 2010

A comprehensive natural history of one of Britain’s favourite animals by Prof Timothy J Roper. The badger has for many years occupied a unique place in the British consciousness. Despite the fact that most people have never seen one, the badger has become one of Britain's best-loved animals. Prof Tim Roper explores every aspect of the biology and behaviour of these fascinating animals. In doing so, he reveals the complexities of a lifestyle that allows badgers to build communities in an astonishing variety of habitats, ranging from pristine forests to city centres. He also reveals the facts behind the controversy surrounding the badgers' role in transmitting tuberculosis to cattle, shedding new light on an issue that has resulted in one of the most extensive wildlife research programmes ever carried out. Amazon Books

Badger Behaviour, Conservation and Rehabilitation by George E Pearce

Non-fiction. First published in 2011.

George E Pearce gives a fascinating insight into the world of badgers he had watched and studied over 70 years. George was a respected expert on badger issues, from rescue and rehabilitation to badgers and farming. He was also often called on as a consultant on many animal cruelty cases. Pelagic Publishing

The Twilight World of Britain's Most Enigmatic Animal by Patrick Barkham
Non-fiction. Published in 2014

Britain is the home of the badger - there are more badgers per square kilometre in this country than in any other. And yet many of us have never seen one alive and in the wild. They are nocturnal creatures who vanish into their labyrinthine underground setts at the first hint of a human. Here, Patrick Barkham follows in the footsteps of his badger-loving grandmother, to meet the feeders, farmers and scientists who know their way around Badgerlands: the mysterious world in which these distinctively striped creatures snuffle, dig and live out their complex social lives. As the debate over the badger cull continues, Barkham weighs the evidence on both sides of the argument and delves into the rich history of the badger.

Bully and the Badger by Wickham Malins

Non-fiction. First published in 1974.

This is a delightful true story of a badger cub which was fostered by a Bull Terrier and when old enough was later released back into the wild. Drawings throughout the book by Eileen Soper.  Ernest Neal in 1974 said the following: “The story is a true one and is told with humour and understanding.  The reader quickly feels involved, as if he were one of the family, and in the process learns much about badgers. It is a pleasure to recommend this book to all who have regard for the wildlife of this country.”

Badgers by Michael Clark

Non-fiction. New edition published in 2017.

In the popular Whittet Book series under the British Natural History Collection. Michael’s book is a first-class book with many illustrations, covering badger ecology in a style suitable for zoology students and amateur naturalists. Also covers the controversial issues such as the bTB in cattle and the culling of badgers. 

Life with Bluebell by Pauline Kidner

Non-fiction. Published in 1996
Pauline Kidner lives on a small dairy farm in Somerset surrounded by the wild animals she has rescued and cared for over the years. A family of badgers including Pauline's favourite, Bluebell, lives in the shed beside the milking parlour, foxes have the run of the tractor shed, Sammy the mink has a hut beside the front door, and there is a barn owl who once spent the night in a central London police cell. Each chapter of Pauline's delightful book is devoted to an individual animal or a particular family of animals, and her heartwarming story of devotion to animal rescue is crammed full with unusual and hilarious anecdotes. The author's sense of fun, love of animals and her down-to-earth common sense shine through every page of Life with Bluebell. 

Out of the Darkness by Chris Ferris

Non-fiction. First published in 1988 

This is a first-class account of Chris Ferris’ observations of a wild population of badgers in her local countryside. Her interest in visiting the wood during the early hours started when she was suffering from serious back problems causing her to be unable to sleep. She encountered danger several times by witnessing acts of persecution as dogs were being used to attack the badgers. Chris overcame being shot at but her courage never waned.
 

 
 
 

Badger Time Colouring Competition

We asked you to dig out your pencils or felt tips and unleash your inner artist for our colouring competition that ran throughout May 2020. Open to all ages, entrants coloured in their choice of design from our Badger Time arts and crafts activity sheets, sharing a photo on social media using the hashtag #BadgerTime or emailing us.

As you can see from these photos, it was hard for the team to choose which we liked the best, so we sent everyone who entered a British Wildlife colouring and tracing book!  

You can still find our colouring and activity sheets here and, although this competition has finished, we’re always happy to see your creations – happy colouring.

Chloe aged 8

Ollie aged 5

Erin

Pernilla Magnusson from Sweden

Grace aged 5

Rosa

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The team at the Badger Trust continues its work to enhance the welfare, conservation and protection of badgers, their setts and their habitats.

 

Any gift you can make now helps us support our local Badger Groups, keep our badger crime reporting centre open, and carry on our vital campaign work.

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