how to track my badger….
Sugarpuffs are the one, put some out and if they disappear you either have badgers or the Honey Monster lives close by.
My aunty runs a small rescue ctr for badgers, hedgehogs etc. I spent many a weekend there when young with wildlife running around the garden/kitchen.Posted 3 years ago
We’ve just moved house and all the neighbours have been quite proudly telling us about the friendly local badgers that run up and down at the end of the gardens. Apparently they stopped when a fence went in between two of the gardens, but while tidying ours up we’ve found what I’m pretty sure is a latrine pit*
Other than a stake-out, how could I find out if we do indeed have badgers? (There are no mushrooms or snakes yet)
*poo holePosted 3 years agobigyinnMember
The gift that just keeps on giving…..
Seriously though, badgers tend to have a regular route and timetable (usually dictated by sundown etc). They often used to appear at mums an houror two after sunset. Putting scraps out for them may encourage them. I remember sitting about 6ft away from several chomping away on leftovers. They are quite noisy eaters!Posted 3 years agoBunnyhopSubscriber
We have badgers. They are not regular time keepers though, so waiting up for them may be a waste of time.Posted 3 years ago
Clues – lots of digging,sometimes big holes often just pulling up the grass. I normally replace the divots and the grass recovers. Also the poo is to mark out their territory. If you study the poo it will look like it has chewed up berries in it.
Badgers love peanuts (peanut butter).CougarSubscriber
with some coloured kiddies beads mixed in, allows you to track which sett each latrine pit is related to.
Tie one end of a long piece of cotton to the sett, and the other to the bead. Then you’ll have not only a line to follow between the sett and the latrine, but also a neatly threaded badger for your convenience.Posted 3 years agoyetidaveMember
Camera traps are good. Lidl were doing a cheap version (~£65 ) a few weeks back. Otherwise, if you can see any mammal paths into the garden, they may have left some hairs on the fence. Badger hair is triangular and will not roll in your fingers. Most other animals hair is rollable. Badger poo is quite distinctive if you know what your looking/smelling/tasting* for…
*delete as required…Posted 3 years agoFetchez la vacheMember
Interesting differences about timekeeping.
We’ve plenty of badger sets and 5-6 years ago one family would run past the front of our house, turn the corner and run past our kitchen every night like clockwork at dusk. It even got to the stage where people would come to our house and sit in the lounge to wait for them. “I don’t believe you, it’s never going to… **** me, there’s a badger!”
Then they stopped just like that. They like their routes and keep to them unless something spooks them, when they change their route.
They do dig for worms quite a bit, but unless it’s in the middle of your prize lawn, not usually a problem. *
As mentioned by yetidave they’ve also got unique fur, so look for it that’s been caught on a fence or bush… I found a clump at the top of my daughters slide one day. I love to think they were on the slide while we slept…
* Usually. Apart from one night where they absolutely decimated a 20ft * 30ft section, and must have been driving a jcb.Posted 3 years agosimonfloryMember
The photo looks a lot like badger poo. Fox poo is more like a small twisted sausage, with bits of fur/bones sticking out. To deter them from your garden, fencing is the best option, but expensive. It needs to be sunk underground (to prevent digging) and not climbable by a badger (at least 4 feet high). If they are coming in to feed, this is normally either to eat earthworms or insect pests from your garden, windfall fruit, bird nuts or cat/dog food. They will also be encouraged to come into the area if a neighbour is feeding hedgehogs, foxes or badgers. Sometimes so-called distraction feeding works to deter badgers – this is where you feed them outside your garden; so they don’t then come in to your garden hungry. Unless you want to fall out with your neighbours, I would not advise dumping 500g of plain peanuts into their gardens though! Damage can be seasonal; so it may be worse at certain times of year. Thanks. Simon Flory – Badger SpecialistPosted 3 years ago
Do you know, I’m not too concerned. They seem to be staying up the top end of the garden and only mucking about up there. As long as they don’t get aggressive or cause too much damage they can have the run of it, plus they explore everyone’s gardens by the sounds of things – not just oursPosted 3 years ago
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