Description Badger, meles meles. Nocturnal and secretive, but quite common throughout England. They are creatures of habit, and cross our garden on a regular route every night, stooping to eat the peanuts which we put out for them. They have no enemies but man, though that is quite enough. Badgers are still killed for sport, and also because they are believed to carry TB and to infect cattle. But most deaths are road kill - it is a rare day that we don't see a dead badger beside our rural roads.