Group committee members regularly provide a range of advice to the public.
On average approximately five phone calls a week are received requesting help with a range of badger related issues.
The main ones relate to badgers foraging or digging setts in gardens and threats to setts from land development, although reports of potential sett blocking have been increasing of late too.
The average number of visits to various areas within the County to help resolve such matters amounts to approximately one a fortnight over the course of the year.
Inevitably from time to time badgers enter gardens where they are unwelcome. Occasionally they
create setts, but most often they venture in simply to feed on
worms, grubs, insects, fallen fruit - and some seasonal
vegetables. Often we are asked to give advice to stop them
damaging gardens, lawns and fences. We do our best, but most often
there is no simple answer.
The most obvious remedy is secure, well
maintained fencing, ideally with strong wire mesh attached and
trenched in to prevent the badgers burrowing underneath. But often
that is too expensive or impractical. One temporary remedy is an
electric fence, but again that’s not always feasible. The Group
has one electric fence it is prepared to loan out for short
periods in return for a small donation.
Some badger groups report success with
ultrasonic devices designed to deter cats and wildlife in general.
One worth trying is Animal Away Plus
which is sold by a
number of well known retailers.
One other remedy that has worked successfully
is to position in the garden a mains-operated radio and leave it
playing quietly throughout the night. The sound deters the
Badgers sometimes make a temporary home under
patios, garages and garden sheds and when that happens it’s
probably best to seek advice over the phone. For names of
experienced Group members who can provide guidance over the
telephone, or who may even be able to visit you, see Contact
But please remember Group members are all volunteers. Their time
is limited and many work full-time. For especially difficult
problems the advice of an experienced professional badger
consultant may be needed. But please try us first.