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badgers.jpgIt is very natural to welcome an unusual and lovely wild animal into your garden, and put out some food to encourage it to stay. The trouble is, it will come to rely on you, and if you stop putting out food it will search for alternatives in what has become familiar territory, or on neighbouring premises. So, if you are not prepared for this possibility, or of being out of favour with your neighbours, do not encourage badgers to begin with, however tempting it may be.

Badgers may also visit your garden if your house has been built on what was originally badger territory: a new housing estate can have problems later, as they may try to return. They are creatures of habit and, when they can, will go back to their old homes when all is peaceful again. Golf courses are also favourite areas for food, and it is wise for a survey to be done before turfing. Constant watering will attract worms to the surface, and badgers will make a hasty bee-line for them.

Badger Groups will advise on methods of persuading badgers to find other feeding grounds where possible. Sometimes the trouble is only seasonal, and after a few weeks the problem may decrease. Holes under garden sheds are usually seasonal in this way. Licences must be granted by DEFRA for any work which may entail the actual persuasion of a badger to dig its sett entrances elsewhere, or to abandon a sett entirely. Both the badger and its sett are protected by law, and it is illegal to interfere with either. Unfortunately there is no legal chemical deterrent available now. Members of the public may have heard of Renardine, but that was rnade illegal in March 2005. What also cannot be done, as it is against the law, is for badgers to be caged and taken elsewhere.


Last Updated ( Friday, 02 March 2012 )