Photo: Paw prints imprinted into soil from a badger (photo by David Perez (Own work) [GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons)
Badgers are very easily identifiable with distinct black and white striped head and grey fur. The average adult will measure in at about 75cm (30in), with a small head and eyes, a thick short neck and a long wedge shaped body. However due to their nocturnal lifestyle and shyness around people they can be a rare sight despite their relative abundance. Often it is equally important in being able to identify the signs of badgers to assess their presence, some signs are as follows:
Photo: Badger sett located within a field margin. (photo by:Derek Harper [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)
To find out more about identification visit the Badger Trust website
You should record the presence of protected species on a national database. This can done by contacting the local Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation (SNCO). Alternatively you can record online at the National Biodiversity Network. You should also alert the appropriate land owner, council and or management body to the presence and location of this species. Incidents, dead badgers and setts can be reported to the Badger Trust, for use in further protecting badgers.