Scientific name: Meles meles
The black-and-white striped Badger is an iconic species in the UK and our biggest land predator. It is a common species, turning up in gardens, as well as inhabiting woodland, farmland and grassland.
Average lifespan: 5-8 years
Protected in the UK under the Protection of Badgers Act, 1992, and the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.