Frequently Asked Questions

Can I feed the badgers that visit my garden?

It is best not to feed badgers. Some people feel that moderate feeding of badgers that visit a garden will encourage them to visit more regularly and for longer and this may be the case. Please remember however that your neighbours may not appreciate badger visits as much as you do and extensive feeding can make a species dependant causing major problems when it ceases.

Badgers are destroying my garden. What can I do?

Contact your local badger worker and they will be happy to give you advice.

Badgers visit my garden regularly. Can I or my pets catch TB from them?

No. Scotland is free of Bovine TB due to careful monitoring of cattle herds and therefore badgers here do not have it.

Do badgers have flees or lice?

Yes. All wild mammals have parasites but they are very unlikely to leave their host.

I would like to watch badgers. Where are my nearest setts?

We cannot give out details of sett locations because of the problems with persecution of badgers. However, if you join your local badger group there will be opportunities to watch setts with experienced people.

Where can I find out more about badgers?

There is basic information on this site and a list of books that you might find useful. Joining Scottish Badgers will give you access to training opportunities and contact with badger experts.

How can I help protect badgers?

By Joining or donating to Scottish Badgers you can help us protect Scotland’s badgers.

There are often dead badgers on the road near me. Is there anything I can do to stop this carnage?

Let us know where this is happening (see contacts page) and we will be able to tell you if there is work underway already to mitigate this situation and to give advice on how to proceed if there is not.

Do you collect dead badgers?

We do not collect dead badgers from the roadside because sadly there are too many of them. Your local council Highways Department or the road management company on major routes may be able to help. Although we cannot pick up bodies it is very useful to know where casualties are happening so please could you let us have the location of the body.

I think there is a badger sett where development or tree felling is due to take place. What shall I do?

Contact us and we will check to see what is happening.

I have seen some men with dogs entering a woodland where there is a badger sett. What should I do?

You should first contact the police and then let us know. Do NOT approach these people yourself as they may be badger baiters who can be very dangerous.

I have seen some men digging on a badger sett. They say that they are digging for foxes and that this is legal. Is it?

It is not a good idea to approach people digging on a badger sett. Contact the police and give   them the details of this and they will be able to investigate and find out what is happening. Let us know as well.

I have found an injured badger. What should I do?

Contact the S.S.P.C.A. on 03000 999 999 in the first instance.

I have found a dead badger in a snare. What should I do?

Contact your local police and ask to speak to a Wildlife Crime Officer. Keep any photographs that you have taken carefully so that you can show them to the police. Please also let us know so we can follow it up.

Why are badgers protected in Scotland when they are culling them in England and Wales?

Badgers are protected in England and Wales too and any culling there will be strictly limited and under licence if it happens at all. All the scientific evidence clearly shows that culling badgers in an attempt to control Bovine TB will make matters worse rather than alleviating the problem. Scotland is a Bovine TB free country and there is no TB within the badger population here. This status has been achieved by careful testing of cattle and movement controls where necessary and NOT by culling badgers. For more information on Bovine TB please see the specialist papers on the download page of this site.

Contacts:

For issues related to badger crime, legislation, planning, mitigation, data searches and to log badger records:

Available between 09:00 and 17:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ONLY

Species Protection Co-ordinator

T: 07866 844232

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For matters relating to our Badgers in the Landscape - Community Building for Wildlife project:

Project Officer

T: 07565 813401

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For training, web presence and general enquiries:

T: 07792 142446

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Sponsors:

Scottish Badgers (SCIO) Charity Number SCO34297.