Badgers in your Garden
Badgers visit gardens searching for food or just passing through picking up whatever is available, spilled bird food, grubs in lawns, fruit, bulbs, root vegetables and of course food left out for them. Badgers are territorial animals living in small family “clans” and many gardens are within the territory of an existing clan or in areas that they are exploring and re-colonising.
Many people are delighted when they realise badgers are visiting their garden and want to watch them there. The best encouragement is to scatter 2-3 handfuls of peanuts in front of a window. It is unwise to leave out large quantities of food because you may cause badgers to rely on you for survival causing serious problems when you are absent, perhaps attract them to cross busy roads or cause conflict with your less badger friendly neighbours.
Sometimes badgers cause damage to lawns, fences or, very rarely, excavate setts. If you have a problem with badgers it is worth remembering that damage is normally seasonal and short lived; if it is more serious or persistent get in touch with your local badger group or Scottish Badgers for more specific advice.
A badger, especially a cub, wandering about in daylight needs help so please call the SSPCA as soon as possible.
Further sources of advice are Scottish Natural Heritage, The Badger Trust web site.