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. Sometimes homes are built on land that forms part of a badger group's territory and in this case badgers will often visit regularly as your garden is part of land that they have been foraging on for generations. You may find it extremely difficult to discourage this and it would be good practise for a housebuilder to make you aware of this possibility before you purchase a property.
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.
Our advice note on Badgers in Gardens and Green Spaces can be downloaded here.
If damage is more serious or persistent get in touch with Scottish Badgers for more specific advice. BADGERS AND THEIR SETTS ARE PROTECTED BY LAW AND YOU SHOULD SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE BEFORE TAKING ACTION.
A badger, especially a cub, wandering about in daylight needs help so please call the SSPCA on 03000 999 999 as soon as possible.
For people whose home has been built on land that forms part of a badger group's territory a Scottish Natural Heritage advice note is available here.