Badger mating query

Q. Your magazine stated that badgers are still mating in March, but I have always been led to believe that their cubs are born in February. Not an ornithological question, but I'd be pleased to know when these things happen.
Graham Dixon

A. Badger mating is a strange process, especially in relation to timing. You are correct that the majority of badger cubs are indeed born in between mid-January and mid-March, with February being the peak time.

The peak mating season occurs straight after this, between February and May, but badgers can mate at any time during the year. Once they have mated, there is usually a delay of between two and nine months before the fertilised egg implants in the badger’s womb, which results in the young, whenever the badger mated, being born in that January to March period.