Badgers are omnivorous, feeding on a wide variety of food from invertebrates, small mammals and birds to plant foods such as fruit, nuts and crops. The distribution and abundance of these food resources can have a profound influence on badger ecology. For example, the size of a badger social group territory is dependent upon the distribution of key food resources such as earthworms. The density of these key food resources within the territory determines the number of animals within each social group. The sensitive management of these key resources can therefore be a useful tool in mitigating the adverse effects of development.
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