Science KS1 & KS2: How do badgers keep clean?

Chris Packham describes how badgers know their place within the family hierarchy.

Badgers spend a lot of time grooming themselves and each other.

Scratching helps to remove parasitic insects, including fleas.

The fleas feed on the blood of the badger and lay their eggs in the badgers’ bedding.

The badgers change their bedding very frequently, scattering the old bedding widely and bringing in new material that is soft and warm.

Bringing in fresh green wild garlic probably helps to deter fleas.

This clip is from the series The Burrowers.

Teacher Notes

You could begin by asking your class what they do to keep clean, and how often they change their clothes.

What would happen if they didn’t do this?

How do they think that animals keep themselves clean? What do they know from watching their own pets at home?

After watching the clip, you could ask them to describe what they found most surprising about the ways that badgers keep clean.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching Science at KS1 and KS2 in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and at Early and 1st Level in Scotland.

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