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Gordon Buchanan Gordon Buchanan | 18:51 UK time, Tuesday, 26 May 2009

This year we're taking an in depth look at badgers. It's becoming clear there's more to badgers than we thought.

We've already seen badgers eating baby rabbits and we're also getting reports from you. jule_s, for one, has a chicken-eating badger in her garden.

Now we'd like to hear from you. Have you seen any badger behaviour that's surprised you? If you have please tell us below.

Update 10th June 2009:
Some really great reports have come in from you about all things badger. There have been a few recurring themes that have stuck out.

One thing many of you have commented on is the reason why we are seeing badgers in our towns and cities. The truth is that they will always have been there. Unlike foxes that are known to give up country living to find vacant territories in towns, some badger setts have been in existence for hundreds of years and it is us that have been expanding our habitations to find ourselves living among them! I used to live in Edinburgh but never saw a badger there (not that I can remember), but there's been a couple of you that have been spotting badgers right in the heart of the city.

Another thing that has really stuck out is the number of people writing in to tell us stories that blow badgers' reputation of being gentle woodland creatures right out of the water! Other than worms and the young rabbits that we saw on the programme being dug out of their nesting chamber, you've been telling us about some of their other surprising dietary addition.

Hedgehogs, chickens, turkeys, bees and possibly even lambs have all been on the menu and reported by people around the country. When you think about it, it's not so surprising - they are large powerful mustelids, a family of animals that specialise hunting other animals!

Over the last couple of weeks filming in Essex I often saw badgers and foxes both scavenging scraps from the streets. From what I saw they seemed to completely ignore each other - neither of them keen to interact or get too close to one another. I've heard of fox and badger cubs being seen playing together but HamiltonGrammer wrote about seeing an adult fox and badger actually sharing a meal from the same foil container.

All I can say is they must have been well fed. I've seen a clip on the internet of a badger absolutely hammering the living daylights out of a fox that got too close to a scattering of peanuts!

There are lots of amazing stories that you have sent in that only remind me of how much more we have to learn about these black and white striped creatures of the night!

Comments

  • 1. At 8:01pm on 26 May 2009, jeanelfaro wrote:

    Lovely Programme, I feed Badgers every night, one evening last summer I had 9 at one time, now I normally have a lot of coming and going, ghey have made a pathway to my garden. I have twins who rush in to see what is left and then they shove and push each other. I saw a badger mount another last month, not there long! but a first. Last evening in broad day light tghere was one badger and 2 magpies eating what I had put out. a first for me.

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  • 2. At 8:11pm on 26 May 2009, Paul wrote:

    My wife and I live in a village in Wiltshire and we have 'Giggling' Badgers in our garden! I have not heard them as I work away, but my wife has said that on many occasions at about 2am, two Badgers 'play fight' on the front lawn and they sound like giggling schoolkids!

    We also have a squirrel that buries nuts in the lawn, but the Badgers dig them up!

    she has also met a Badger face to face on a track one day while going out to bring the horses in! She said she was as surprised as the Badger was!

    We do also see a lot of Badgers in Wiltshire which have unfortunately been hit by cars.

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  • 3. At 8:46pm on 26 May 2009, shinylabradorlover wrote:

    I live in Alresford,Hampshire. My work colleague has been feeding badgers in her garden for the last ten years - they wait outside her patio doors every evening, sometimes pressing their noses on the glass, until she goes outside and hand-feeds them.

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  • 4. At 8:58pm on 26 May 2009, artisticChrish wrote:

    I was woken in the night by a screaming sound near our pond. I went out with a torch to find a badger tearing a hedgehog apart oblivious to my light or me.

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  • 5. At 9:00pm on 26 May 2009, bingocheater wrote:

    I live in Staffordshire, we have a set of badgers in the woods behind the house. Last month the badgers have started to build a small three bedroomed bungalow. We feel this is most unusual as they have not sought planning permission.

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  • 6. At 9:01pm on 26 May 2009, davembo wrote:

    Badgers been sighted walking down one of Edinburgh's busiest streets, Leith Walk, CCTV footage to prove it!! It was 2am but still strange given the nearest sett is at least 2.5 miles away!

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  • 7. At 9:01pm on 26 May 2009, Badger_King wrote:

    About two weeks ago i was a badger on my front garden fighting off three foxes, unfortunately i think it was losing and then ran off down an ally, but only after he voiced his opinion with an almighty sound.

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  • 8. At 9:03pm on 26 May 2009, moorbadge wrote:

    We live in leigh on sea, and have four badgers who join us for dinner every evening. Last night a junior member joined in only after the others had fed. There are regular barging matches between them,also violent reversing as well as high head carriage when taking a piece on bread away.We feed them so that they will not dig up the lawn and other areas of the garden.This does appear to work, more or less. They are superb creatures and it is a pleasure to get within a few feet of them.

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  • 9. At 9:04pm on 26 May 2009, MAC wrote:

    I Live at 1500 ft in the peak district. My wife keeps hebridan sheep and we have lost lambs to badgers several times over the last 15 years.
    And if you ask loal farmers they all say badgers are more likley to take lambs than foxes.

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  • 10. At 9:04pm on 26 May 2009, Hawthorn wrote:

    I have had badgers visiting my patio for a few months, I put peanuts and peanut butter sarnies for them

    They come right up to the the glass and are not bothered by us taking flash photos of them We are not seeing as much of them at the moment but the food is gone in the morning.

    I have photos can I post them here?

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  • 11. At 9:07pm on 26 May 2009, hahabennyhill wrote:

    Dear all, my husband ran into a badger last year so we know they are around. Recently our very very aged cat had his head bitten clean off, could there be a connection? My view is that he died in the garden then whilst still warm ?? badger may have ceased the opportunity.
    Any thoughts,
    Hahabennyhill

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  • 12. At 9:13pm on 26 May 2009, hemmingways wrote:

    We recently discovered that we have a badger coming into the garden. We already have bird feeders in the garden and we think that is what may have attracted it. We have continued feeding it for the past week, each nite we put out a bowl of peanuts for it and each morning they have gone. We managed to get out and take some pictures of it. We think that the badger has started coming into the garden as there is a lot of building work going on and it may have been disturbed.
    We also have a garden knome lamp for the badger, and so we can see it without switching the big light on and scare it, however from what we have seen our badger is not really that nervous. We are happy to have it in our garden and think it is very important to look after them as they are going fast.
    Hope you are glas to hear about this.
    The Hemmingways

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  • 13. At 9:15pm on 26 May 2009, afonwenchris wrote:

    We have swans living on a large pond in our garden. 3 weeks ago one that had seemed sick during the day was killed or died during the night. I followed the trail of feathers into the woods and found the remains some 100 yards away. The same day at dusk I heard rustling from that area, and on investigation I was able to get within about 10 yards where I could clearly see a badger dragging the corpse deeper into the wood. I wonder if it is possible that a badger could kill a sick swan

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  • 14. At 9:16pm on 26 May 2009, stonelizard wrote:

    Last year we heard a horrible yelping noise in the garden and rushed out with torches to see a badger in the process of tearing a hole out of a hedgehog. The yelps subsided when it had removed a neat circle of skin with the offending spines attached (which we found in the flowerbed next day) and it then starting eating the hedgehog from the inside out. If we'd been a bit earlier we may have been able to save the hedgehog but as it was clearly dead we went back indoors and left the badger to its meal.

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  • 15. At 9:17pm on 26 May 2009, UpperCS wrote:

    Two nights ago I had a badger run towards me. I thought it had already seen me but clearly it hadn't. I thought it was charging at me. It was leaping up above the high grass as it ran towards me along one of its paths. As soon as I stepped off the path it saw me and ran off in the other direction. My heart was pounding. I have seen the size of their teeth as I managed to get a photo of one last year eating pears from the pear tree outside my house. The badger that ran towards me was not cornered but I think now genuinely hadn't seen me. I don't believe there are any incidents of badgers charging humans. Does anyone else know?

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  • 16. At 9:18pm on 26 May 2009, sonpas wrote:

    We don't keep chickens any more; after fighting to keep foxes and cubs out of the run for some 25 years, my husband was nearly knocked over by an adult badger which had broken through from the adjoining shed. The following evening the second to last chicken had gone! People really don't believe it so it's good to hear stories that back it up. Best wishes to everyone---really good stuff this Spring; thank you all

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  • 17. At 9:19pm on 26 May 2009, shortlyblackwell wrote:

    Evening,
    We discovered Badgers were visiting the garden about five years ago. whilst watching them one evening through the bathroom window, we saw a badger stand on it's back legs and using it's front legs claw up the bird table and attempt to take the large church candle shaped fat and insect bird feeder that was hanging from the bird table! The next morning the feeder was gone and there were tracks in the alley by the side of the garden where they had dragged it. We have lost a couple of feeders since!!
    Unbelievable but true.

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  • 18. At 9:23pm on 26 May 2009, Derektvs wrote:

    1. At 9:19pm on 26 May 2009, Derektvs wrote:

    Seeing the Night Cam sequence tonight of Badgers raiding Rabbit nest sites, reminded me of a raid in my garden. We were awakened by a deathly scream outside. Thinking it to be a fox screaming I went to the window only to see a badger that I thought to be trapped by our gate. It ran up the steps, thinking it gone I went back to sleep. Some-time later I was again disturbed by more screams. This time I went out to the garden with a torch. There trapped by our gate was a Hedgehog being attacked by the Badger. Sadly it had been badly damaged by the the continual efforts of the Badgers claws.

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  • 19. At 9:24pm on 26 May 2009, csinny wrote:

    My father is a farmer in Buckinghamshire and a few years ago he had a problem with badgers crushing the skulls of new born lambs and eating what they found. To prevent this happening, humanly, he put up electric fencing along the badger`s route through the hedging to give them a jolt. They learned that an orange fence gave them a zapp so dad no longer has it switched on. Ever since badgers have never bothered the sheep.

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  • 20. At 9:29pm on 26 May 2009, littlecheekydimples wrote:

    We watch a family of badgers every, year, they live opposite our caravan in Wales. Despite being only a few feet away from us, they are not put off by noise or lights, but they do react to vibration eg. if you stamp your feet on the ground. We have fed them a number of different things their favorites include sausages, Weetabix, Ryvita, crisps and more recently jam sandwiches. We have also tried them with various fruits, but they don't bother with them. They are a joy to watch as sometimes they sit and munch at their meal, we love to listen to them as they squabble and play.

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  • 21. At 9:32pm on 26 May 2009, robandkate wrote:

    a few years ago we heard a noise which we thought was a cat yowling outside - we went to our french windows and looked out into the dark - as we became accustomed to the dark we saw the outline of a badger - (a couple of feet away from where we were standing)it had what we assumed to be a hedgehog in its grasp and was eating it - we saw the white stripe of its head moving - in the morning we went out to clear up the mess - but found only the imprint of the badgers paws in the lawn - a few months later we came across the skin - ie the bristles of the hedgehog in our shed

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  • 22. At 9:49pm on 26 May 2009, Sarah wrote:

    I had the good fortune to watch badgers in my parents garden for some years, on one ocassion we were looking after an injured hedghog for which a special run had been made as it was almost ready to be put back into it's own surroundings. Unfortunately one night in the very early hours of the morning we were woken to a horrible noise only to find that the badgers had dug under the run, which I hasten to add was thought to be very secure, only to find the skin of hedghog remaining, very grisley I know, but something I though they wouldn't do, until I saw tonight's episode showing the rabbits!

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  • 23. At 10:10pm on 26 May 2009, winsome losesome wrote:

    I find it ironic that you go from showing badgers 'over to Wales', where I live.

    Sadly, the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) has decided, for political reasons, to appease the farming lobby by organising a trial cull of all badgers in an area of Pembrokeshire. Leading scientific opinion does not support the effectiveness of such an approach to controlling Bovine TB. WAG is combining the trial with a number of other disease control measures, so it will be impossible to know if slaughtering badgers has contributed to any reduction in TB in cattle, or if other approaches could be effective on their own.

    If they can claim the trial as successful, it is likely that they will try to kill all badgers in cattle raising areas of Wales, and maybe beyond which is a lot of our countryside.

    I would urge everyone who objects to this pointless killing of Welsh badgers to make your views known to the minister for rural affairs who is the public face of the cull:
    Elin Jones elin.jones@wales.gov.uk and copy the minster for the environment

    If it will affect your decisions regarding purchases of Welsh goods and services, including tourism, please copy your comments to the relevant ministers:
    Alan Ffred Jones correspondence.Alun.Ffred.Jones@Wales.GSI.gov.UK .(heritage and tourism)
    and Ieuan Wyn Jones CorrespondenceMail-DFM@Wales.Gsi.Gov.UK (deputy first minister and economy).

    You might also consider writing to the press, posting on blogs and so on.

    As a Welshman, I am saddened by this superstitious and unscientific attack on our wildlife.

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  • 24. At 10:18pm on 26 May 2009, surreyoldstuff wrote:

    Badgers digging out mice in our garden? Very interested to see the piece tonight about badgers digging out rabbits. This morning we found a hole in our lawn about 5 inches round and the same depth, surrounded by debris from scraped back turf. Leading out of the hole, in one direction only, was a small tunnel about mouse size. We have concluded that this was caused by a badger digging out a mouse's nest, as we have seen both badgers and mice in the garden. Do you agree, and how do they know so precisely that the mice are underground?

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  • 25. At 10:30pm on 26 May 2009, catbadger wrote:

    My mother, who lives in Dorset, feeds a range of wildlife, including badgers. She also feeds ferral cats. Yesterday, she noticed that the hay in the cat kennel was pushed to the front and the cats had not been around for a few days. When she looked into the kennel she saw a young badger. When it came out later that night, she noticed that it was cream coloured down to its shoulders. Another family of badgers came later that night. Could this one have been pushed out of the family due to its colourings and if so - will it survive on its own? He seems quite happy in the kennel! If not is there anyone she could contact to help it?

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  • 26. At 10:36pm on 26 May 2009, tottyhappycamper wrote:

    Hi,

    My partner and I were camping a couple of years ago in the Lake District, one night we were woken up by strange rustling noises. My partner thought there was someone in the tent but, even half asleep, I realised there couldn't be because I hadn't heard a zip being undone. Feeling very brave my partner very quietly opened the zip from the bedroom to the front of the tent a little bit. We peeped through just in time to see a badger's head with a full loaf of our bread in its mouth! The cheeky little creature had slashed a hole in the side of the tent with its claws and nicked our food! We opened the front of the tent and saw it trotting away into the night. We were ready for it the next night, set a trap (of food) and stayed up and managed to get a photo. If I can get my head round the technology I'll try and forward you a copy. It made a bit of a mess of the tent but we taped it up and it lasted us another year. The great thing about the whole experience was that it inspired me to write a children's book but I haven't managed to get it published yet.

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  • 27. At 10:41pm on 26 May 2009, wendyshoebury wrote:

    We have seen badgers in waste land, close to a busy road. These badgers are known to have been there for at least 15 years. At least 2 of them are a pale brown colour which suggests they are albino.There is one very large one which we assume is a male. Is this unusual? They co-exist with a family of foxes and a rat (although there is bound to be more rats around)and they all come to a place in the hedgerow where local people leave food.

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  • 28. At 10:42pm on 26 May 2009, 3dabscally wrote:

    After a particularly dry spell, a badger eat through the roof of our chicken house and got in and killed the lot, the biggest surprise was when my husband, armed with a torch went down the garden to investigate all the noise. The hen house appeared to still be all secure so he opened the back door and shone the torch in which naturally spooked said badger who leaped out at him, not sure who made the most noise, the snarling badger or my "screams like a girl" rather shocked hubby!!

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  • 29. At 10:49pm on 26 May 2009, sparkleSUSANNE wrote:

    I have been feeding badgers for about 6months now. I find as well as eating peanuts they enjoy the mixture I feed the birds. Wholemeal breadcrumbs with melted lard mixed through it. I checked with our vet if this was ok, she said it was fine and probably gave them extra energy and helped keep them going during the winter.

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  • 30. At 10:57pm on 26 May 2009, tomra01 wrote:

    Badgers are the U2 of the animal kingdom for me.
    Everyone loves them, I feel I should too, but I just haven't got the enthusiasm. The rest of the show is terrific - presenters, team, content and location all top notch.

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  • 31. At 11:31pm on 26 May 2009, hipding wrote:

    A few years ago when we had dry summers, badgers came into the gardens at Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire and raked their way into rabbit and guinea pig hutches and ate the childrens pets. One night I chased off one badger trying to get our rabbit and guinea pig which were in the run and another time chased away a badger as it tried to get under the garden fence for a second go.

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  • 32. At 00:58am on 27 May 2009, Twiglet_The_Dormouse wrote:

    We live in Audley in Staffs. We have regular visits from squirrels, rabbits, various small mammals, the odd fox and a variety of birdlife. Given that badgers were featured in last night's programme, I find it somewhat ironic that when I went out to the back garden just now (c.12.40am) to put something in the bottle bin, I saw (for the very first time) a great big badger in the middle of said garden staring back at me. I say "great big" as having not seen a badger close up in the flesh (or fur) before, it looked pretty bloody big to me!! It looked as startled as I did, tried to squeeze its fat backside through a gap in the fence, gave up and promptly scarpered round the back of the shed. Not as exciting as the stories above but just wanted to share it with you as my other half thinks I imagined it and that I've been at the whisky. And after that shock, I soon will be!

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  • 33. At 01:06am on 27 May 2009, friendlyKatInHat wrote:

    I have frequently seen badgers digging up baby rabbits when I used to regularly watch them as a child in Somerset. Not only is it NOT unusual behaviour, the older Brocks will often note where a site is on their rounds and then wait until the babies are big enough to make a good meal but not yet old enough to leave home. They also teach this to their own young wherever possible, and it's possibly how my cat learned to do it by watching them from up in a thick hawthorne hedge. We seem to easily forget that badgers are major carnivores and are surprised when they exhibit behaviour that we are not aware of, though we can't follow them on their nightly rounds.

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  • 34. At 07:39am on 27 May 2009, ColcamBV wrote:


    Yes, we all love the Badger, we often encourage then into our gardens as I have done for many years now. However you may like to warn your viewers that they can sometimes be a great nuisance to the gardener who has spent much time and effort creating that perfect lawn. Three weeks ago I woke to find that my treasured front lawn looked like the first Tee at Wentworth. (See pictures when and if I can find out how to post them).

    After the effort put into repairing the damage, it was as bad again the very next morning, something just had to be done. I purchased a noise generating unit on the internet which was it claimed would scare away cats, squirrels and the like. This unit was set up to operate from power derived from a PIR controlled light unit (again see pictures).

    So far the system has been in use for a week now and I have had no further problem, this may be due to the fact that the badgers have already eaten all the worms and grubs, only time will tell.

    Please advise how one can attach pictures to these texts.

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  • 35. At 08:10am on 27 May 2009, bionomy wrote:

    My husband and I have been feeding a sett of badgers for around 13 years now. They come into our garden every night . Last year was our most exciting with 1 large boar, 3 sows and 6 cubs. We managed to photograph all 10 in the garden a once, with me throwing peanuts out of the bedroom window to keep them occupied while my husband snapped away. This year we have a very cheeky male who scales the fence and trellis to steal peanuts from the squirrel feeder if there are none left when he comes strolling in!!

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  • 36. At 08:20am on 27 May 2009, rathmullen wrote:

    My house backs onto an old dissused railway line in Fareham, Hampshire. We have about 4 or 5 badger sets, deer, bats, a wide variety of birds including cuckoo's, butterflies, moths, slow worms and reptiles etc. We think there are great crested newts also on the old line. However we have a big problem looming - Hampshire County Council want to turn this three mile stretch of well established urban wildlife into a bus route destroying all the nature. So many people feel that the bus route won't work but it seems almost certain that the project is going to go ahead, we are all devastated and angry!!

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  • 37. At 09:02am on 27 May 2009, suttylou wrote:

    My husband and I often camp in the lake district and on several occassions have had badgers in out tent, the first time mr badger came on the hour every hour through the night, we finally managed to get some cracking photo's of him trying to get into our cool box at 5am! He made off with a full pack of 12 warburtons t-cakes and ripped the tent on his way out with those huge claws! The next encounter was a different camp site just across the other side of Ullswater when we heard a rustling noise outside, mr badger this time was tucking into our pitta breads! So if you want to see badgers close up just do as we did and forget to put your food back in the car.

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  • 38. At 09:10am on 27 May 2009, databillybadger wrote:

    Some brilliant stories,but i have a question that perhaps someone can answer. I am considering buying a house that has a badger visiting the garden. It breaks the fences down on it,s route through. I have rabbits, a cat and a tortoise of my own. Will it attack them? Should I avoid buying the house for my own sanity? as I know they are protected and I can,t do anything about it. Help!!

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  • 39. At 11:20am on 27 May 2009, MagicFairy47 wrote:

    Referring to previous comments about badgers eating hedgehogs, last evening just before midnight I heard a terrible rasping, barking sound and when I looked out of the window a badger was trying to attack a hedgehog. I shone my torch to distract him and he ran away. On his third return I decided to go out and rescue the hedgehog and take him to a safe part of the garden in undergrowth in a wooded area. After 29 years of living in my house, this is the first time I have seen a badger in my garden but he could be a regular visitor as we have a woodland area just 50 metres away.

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  • 40. At 11:25am on 27 May 2009, pharmacygirl wrote:

    I have been watching a sett near Skipton, N Yorks for 16yrs. One May evening in 1994 I watched the dominant boar dig out a rabbit stop and take out and eat 5 baby rabbits, one after the other. He was so engrossed in what he was doing I was able to get within 3 feet of him before he realised I was there. Then 3 years ago I watched his son do a similar thing. The amazing thing is that this sett is very big (and very old), but is also a rabbit warren, and normally the rabbits and badgers live happily side by side. A couple of years ago a badger from an adjoining sett took to visiting a lady's kitchen through the cat flap and raiding her fridge for the lard! She had to bind the fridge door so the badger couldn't get in. It made a latrine under the table and tried to build a 'sett' in the under stairs cupboard. This was during a particularly cold spell in winter and it was persuaded to leave by feeding it outside. Last year in the dry spring members from the same clan were seen early evening waiting in a stand of nettles (commando style?) to ambush the free range chickens as they passed by. When the rains came they went back to worms. I could go on. Do my badgers get the prize for the 'oddest'?!

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  • 41. At 11:37am on 27 May 2009, anncarl wrote:

    we have a couple of badgers that visit our garden to feed and ruin my lawn, but one we have named spot because he has a bald spot on his bum jumps on to wall about 3ft high and hoovers up all the seeds and nuts left over from the birds he is a noisy eater,it has taken a while but standing on my decking we can get to within 4ft of him,even our cat comes to watch him

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  • 42. At 11:38am on 27 May 2009, GoblinSnail wrote:

    Well, my neighbours next door said that they saw a badger when they were out walking in the woods. They showed where they saw the badger and the very same badger appeared and i saw it coming out with a baby fox in its teeth!

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  • 43. At 11:51am on 27 May 2009, lex wrote:

    Every night a family of badgers visit us. They are unaffected by our security lights or wall lamps. We often sit with a chimenea blazing and they will still come down. I have posted a few wee videos on the video site but I'm the best with a camera. Anyway they love peanuts, peanut butter sandwiches and scrambled eggs. Highlight is when they wander through your legs as you sit at the garden table. Mum sometimes comes down and takes food back a few yards to under a tree for younger ones. Greedy ones often bump others away with their rear so they can eat more. Once saw very noisy and quite violent looking mating. We also have foxes and cubs visiting but they do defer to the badgers.

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  • 44. At 11:53am on 27 May 2009, lex wrote:

    Meant NOT the best with a camera!

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  • 45. At 12:03pm on 27 May 2009, i_amdogwalker wrote:

    i lve in north devon .while walking on kipling tors westward ho with dogs 2pm came accross badger on path looked dead but as dogs approached it very slowly pulled itself into the hedge it didnt go far it just layed down i came back 15 mins later but it had gone deep into the hedge

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  • 46. At 12:56pm on 27 May 2009, Parleybarrow wrote:

    I had a young badger in my back garden yesterday at 4.40pm.I had put some lamb gravy into the garden and the badger ate it all!
    There are many setts nearby and there is plenty of evidence of badgers during the night, but this young one decided to have his fill during the day!

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  • 47. At 2:34pm on 27 May 2009, braveronnie1 wrote:

    My long term badge sets in Wales have been destroyed this year by men with dogs hunting foxes. These sets were in a line of hazel and have been there for over fifty years. Sadly the badgers have not returned so I am in the process of setting up badger bunkers in protected ground that will be ready by autumn

    ronne

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  • 48. At 2:45pm on 27 May 2009, Essential Rabbit wrote:

    I endorse everything written by Winsome Losesome, I couldn't put it better myself.
    I live only half a mile north of the proposed killing fields and am very concerned for the wellbeing of the nightly visitors to my patio, who I consider to be honoured guests.
    Elin Jones's decision has absolutely no scientific basis, in fact she has chosen not to reply to my letter requesting references to any new, validated scientific study justifying the cull, that has passed me by.
    The proposals are driven by ancient prejudice and a political attempt to curry favour with the vociferous and disproportionately powerful Welsh Farmers Union.
    Please send your protests to the Welsh Assembly and explain to them how this may affect your decisions to visit Wales or to consume Welsh agricultural produts.

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  • 49. At 4:14pm on 27 May 2009, Barsbybadgerwatchers wrote:

    I was surprised to hear that badgers are reupted to be shy and difficult to see. That is certainly not the case here on the edge of Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. Our garden is regularly visited by badgers (they leave their telltale "snuffling" marks in the lawn where they have been digging up worms etc. Sometimes we see them as we drive along our road and pause the car to watch them, often just a few meters away, but they just ignore us. We have heard that there are more badgers walking up High Street in Sutton Veny in the early hours of the mornings than ever there are humans during daylight hours.

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  • 50. At 4:25pm on 27 May 2009, jennywalk wrote:

    I think I have a badger visiting my garden as there are holes regularly appearing in the lawn, especially the mossy part. I have not spotted the culprits yet but am keeping an eye out. Today I found that a bees nest had been dug up. Does anyone know if this is a practice of badgers or some other animal.

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  • 51. At 4:58pm on 27 May 2009, Saxonpony wrote:

    We have badgers visiting our garden, we have only seen one once through they leave plenty of clues that they have been around. We have a problem in that if we bury any of our domestic pets - no matter how deep - the graves are always opened and the bodies removed. We also see patches of hedgehog hide around the outside of the paddocks - having read some of the other blogs now we think this is badgers too.
    I love having them around but I wish they'd leave our friends to rest in peace!

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  • 52. At 5:50pm on 27 May 2009, springstones wrote:

    My Dad saw two bumble bee nests that had been dug up by badgers, also one night at two in the morning me and my Dad woke up and went outside because we heard screaming, it was a hedgehog being eaten by a badger it was being pulled apart and the badger drank blood from it like soup from a bowl.
    Daisy Stone. Aged:10

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  • 53. At 7:00pm on 27 May 2009, emilykate82 wrote:

    I was recently on holiday in St.Ives and went to give the dog a quick walk at 10pm with my dad. All of a sudden the dog started jumping around wanting to play and the next thing we saw was a little badger running around! It was so tame and didn't seem at all afraid. We kept watching and the badger came so close and wasn't bothered by the dog at all (although we kept her to one side). My dad was stood a bit further away from me, my mum and sister and then the badger went up to him and seemed to go for his feet. When dad stepped back the badger went towards him again. He wasn't afraid at all! Eventually he ran off into the field and was gone - lovely to see him and what a memory!

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  • 54. At 7:14pm on 27 May 2009, rayleighjonboy wrote:

    In contradiction to your assertations that badgers are our favourite animal, I consider those that are wrecking my garden as number one pests. They have ripped out a fruit tree, smashed through wooden and metal fences and dug up lawns and among the vegetables.It is most frutrating knowing that animal welfare people will not assist by moving them to woodlands etc where they are, I am sure, more at home.All the hard work put in by myself and neighbours in their gardens is rendered pointless in the light of the destruction caused by these pests. My garden resembles a commando assault course in a futile attempt to veer them away from my crops - does anybody have a reliable deterrent please???

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  • 55. At 7:39pm on 27 May 2009, wondrousBiddulphian wrote:

    Reading the blogs about the badgers, I was horrified to discover their carniverous behaviour with attacks on hedgehogs, chickens and lambs. (Also saw the footage last night of badgers digging up a rabbit warren and taking their young)
    I live in Biddulph, North Staffordshire, through our valley runs National Cycle Route 55, badger runs are now to be found virtually everywhere along its entire length whereas only 20 years ago as far as I know there was only one local set. Within 350 m of my home there is a set that has become a real nuisance to local people with underground runs threatening to undermine house foundations, not to mention drains. Defra was called in some 4 years ago and stated that there were at least 30 badgers in this one set.
    Last year the badgers completely destroyed my lower lawn; in their search for grubs(not to mention the veg patch) which by the end of summer looked like the Somme Battlefield. Although I believe it is illegal to block a badger run, I have had to resort to chicken wire, wooden stakes and all manner of things to keep them away from my garden. Many other neighbours report the same problems.
    So come on springwatch, these creatures are not the sweet,cuddly pleasant looking creatures that appear each year on your programme.

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  • 56. At 7:43pm on 27 May 2009, wondrousBiddulphian wrote:

    In response to rayleighjonboy, I have heard that they don't like the smell of chicken manure pellets, although I have yet to try that deterrent. I have used 'urine' around the perimeter of my garden and it seems to work for a few days, until the rainfall at least.

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  • 57. At 7:47pm on 27 May 2009, andyn1958 wrote:

    Myself and a friend where watching foxes one night as they raided a bin of Turkey corpses (we had permission on a Turkey farm in West Sussex) after about an hour of no activity we heard hell of a commotion and shone our torch onto the bin only to see a Badger carrying away the biggest Turkey In fact the Turkey was so big that the Badger was tripping as its front legs kept treading onto Turkeys wings as it dragged along the ground. Even as we held the torch shining brightly the Badger did not let go and struggled off into the darkness with its prize.

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  • 58. At 7:53pm on 27 May 2009, DCBird1973 wrote:

    We have two, possibly three, badgers that regularly visit our back garden in Stourbridge, West Midlands. It started with a nightly visit from one and then progressed with a clear path in the undergrowth at the rear of our garden. They have managed to rip open metal bird feeders containing fat balls. They dug up our spring bulbs but now we feed them regularly the damage has stopped apart from their 'messages' on the lawn. Can you advise as to whether they pose any risk to our Jack Russell, Stan? Also the last couple of nights (whilst we've been watching springwatch) we have had a fox visiting the garden and sniffing around the bird table! Last week we had a sparrowhawk that caught a small bird and used our garden fence as its' plucking station! Fantastic show, Pauline & David Bird

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  • 59. At 8:07pm on 27 May 2009, celiaryc wrote:

    Interested to hear about badgers taking young rabbits. I was not surprised, We have a large garden and used to have a big problem with moles. When badgers started to visit us we noticed the mole hills being dug up and we no longer have a problem with mole hills everywhere. The badgers still visit us every night and we do feed them a little it keeps them from digging up the ground to much. Its a worry living in Wales being that the Assembly intend to carry out a cull, which I am very much against I might add. If badgers are keeping a control on Moles and rabbits they could help to keep the rats down as well, so by having a cull could this not upset the balance of nature a bit, also if as you say we loose about a sixth of the badger population on the roads why do we need a cull. There is no evidence that the badgers are giving cattle TB it could be that the badgers are getting it from the cattle if the farmers do not practice good husbandary.

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  • 60. At 8:14pm on 27 May 2009, linabones wrote:

    About 10 years ago i was watching badgers at a sett in Somerset and saw a large Badger bring out a dead cub and proceed to tear it apart and eat it including the bones. I have never seen anything like it before or since.

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  • 61. At 8:45pm on 27 May 2009, MBauer wrote:

    My husband encountered his first badger at 1am on Sunday morning AND I encountered mine on Tuesday around the same time, possibly the same one? We never thought we would see badgers in Edinburghs' West End, Amazing! Really made my week! We also have a pair of tawny owls nearby which are a joy to hear through the night.

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  • 62. At 9:07pm on 27 May 2009, thelovelywildcat wrote:

    I thought badgers ate hedgehogs but I have badgers and hedgehogs eating together on my lawn they do not seem to bother each other

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  • 63. At 9:10pm on 27 May 2009, Websailor wrote:

    I have had badgers visiting almost nightly for nine months of the year since August 2005. Probably before that without my knowledge. I live on the outskirts of Birmingham. Pictures on Springwatch Flickr. Unfortunately dishes are necessary for feeding to avoid a rat infestation, but their antics opening them are fun to watch. I haven't attempted to befriend them. I want them to stay wary of humans!

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  • 64. At 9:55pm on 27 May 2009, bexy155 wrote:

    at the bucks new uni campus in chalfont there are 2 resident bagders affectionatly called betty and bob we assume there are only 2 when infact there are probably more, there often seen foraging around the bins and are quite tame concidering, you can get to within 5 foot of them without them batting an eyelid, beffore moving to the campus ive never seen a wild badger (alive) and just thort it was a real treat.

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  • 65. At 10:47pm on 27 May 2009, giantchunk164 wrote:

    they are very nice looking but can be nasty my dad in the winter he goes to work at 5 in the moning on his bike and he goes up the motorway bridge he gets chased by them

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  • 66. At 11:23pm on 27 May 2009, gsimmon2 wrote:

    Our garden is next to a field. I know there are badgers nearby but I have never seen any in the garden. However, one morning I found a hedgehog skin - no sign of blood, or the head, or any other remains, simply a round empty ball still covered with prickles. The skin itself was also totally clean without any traces of blood. I assume that only a badger could have done this.
    Badgers also moved large rocks from a dyke in the garden to get at an underground bees' nest. The rocks were very heavy and about the size of a football, and I doubt whether any other creatures could have moved them. The next morning there were no bees left, and no honey either.

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  • 67. At 11:30pm on 27 May 2009, Petwen wrote:

    A few years ago whilst on holiday in Somerset we were woken in the night by strange noises. In the garden of the property we were renting was a plum tree with very ripe fruit which had fallen below it on the ground. A rather large Badger had been enjoying the fruit and was now rolling around the garden very drunk hence all the noise. We were sure he had a huge hangover the next morning

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  • 68. At 10:19am on 28 May 2009, maisie-jo wrote:

    can badgers swim ??

    i have seen 4 in my river in the garden and they all seem very healthy but i allways see them in the water !!
    also they come right to my door and take food out of my hand ! is that ok or am i making them less wild and less badger ??

    please answer
    xx

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  • 69. At 10:26am on 28 May 2009, maisie-jo wrote:

    yes i have they seem to be moving quite quick as if there in a hurry ... i have never seen this in all my life ???

    can this be explained

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  • 70. At 10:56am on 28 May 2009, Ambertadpole wrote:

    My comment refers to an incident which occurred last year but which caused a stir at the time. We live in West Wight (Isle of Wight) and have many badgers sets nearby. There is always a constant supply of bird food in our garden and the badgers come for the peanuts so we are quite used to their presence. However last year they caused a disturbance when (we think) they were mating mating and we quite thought murder was being committed! It started (obviously in the dark) at about midnight with 'snoring' sounds and general scuffling and colliding with fence noises. Then another sound joined in, yelping, squealing like a stuck pig.
    It hasn't happened this year.

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  • 71. At 10:58am on 28 May 2009, moonlitbadger wrote:

    I have badgers, one called Boris, seems a favourite name. The other night in the woods in the dark I fell over one of them, he let out an explosive snort that was terrifying to both of us. I've heard this loud noise a couple of times before. A warning off sound? Badgers make lots of different noises. There's an Oxford Uni webpage with their noises and calls with audio files.
    We have hedgehogs too, they seem to survive in spite of badgers. Badgers have had so much of their ancient territory built on it's not suprising they end up in gardens.
    I live on the edge of this cull area in Wales, it is the most appalling, medieval and undemocratic decision. The farming unions have far too much power and they are going to force everyone to have their badgers killed whatever their views. As others have posted, please write. Also the National Trust have agreed to the cull here, write to them as well. It's ironic they advertise badger watches, perhaps they'll have to cancel them for north pembrokeshire.

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  • 72. At 1:25pm on 28 May 2009, debblogger wrote:

    I have started to feed badgers in my back garden the past couple of months and each day I have moved the feed tray closer to the house and now they eat on the patio. They have got so used to me watching them now they don,t even move when I film them with the video camera light switched on. They have got quite greedy and they won't share any of the food with the fox that tries to creep up on them. I find them so fascinating to watch and stay up quite late while they explore the garden. The most I have seen in the garden at once is five.

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  • 73. At 5:49pm on 28 May 2009, ARKLERUM wrote:

    AT 3.00 PM THIS AFTERNOON I SAW A YOUNG BADGER FROM A DISTANCE, OVER ABOUT 5 MINUTES I TOOK ABOUT 30 STILL PHOTOS OF THE ANIMAL GETTING CLOSER ALL THE TIME. LET ME TELL YOU THERE WAS NOTHING SHY ABOUT THIS BOY HE ACTUALLY CAME UP TO ME AND SNIFFED MY SHOE BEFORE RUNNING AWAY.
    GOT THE PHOTOS WHICH I CAN EMAIL IF ANYONES INTERESTED.
    STEVE.

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  • 74. At 8:48pm on 28 May 2009, SpringwatcherKaren wrote:

    I have Recently seen two very large badgers coming from our local woods behind our house when walking home at around 10 pm in Watledge Nailsworth Gloucestershire.

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  • 75. At 8:52pm on 28 May 2009, SpringwatcherKaren wrote:

    Adding to my last comment they were rubbing themselves and rolling around in wild garlic which is in abundance in our woods.

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  • 76. At 8:53pm on 28 May 2009, SpringwatcherKaren wrote:

    Adding to my last comment they were rubbing themselves and rolling around in wild garlic which is in abundance in our woods I was Wondering If this is a natural thing or is it an odd thing for badgers to do.

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  • 77. At 8:59pm on 28 May 2009, tukersholt wrote:

    Living in a very badger rich part of Essex, they are frequent visitors to the garden, where we leave food out for them. A while ago we put some cooked trout scraps out. One of our cats was happily tucking into this when a badger appears. Showing no fear the cat thumps the badger on the nose and finishes off the scraps.
    Badgers have also been responsible for digging up shrubs and moving them 3 or more feet, plus ripping holes in the bottom of our wooden shed door. They also succeded in terrifying a boyfriend with their screams, who thought they were wolves and drove at high speed back to the safety of Hackney.

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  • 78. At 9:02pm on 28 May 2009, brianbignell wrote:

    whilst driving home one night a badger tried to cross the road running alongside of my car it was adament that it should overtake me to cross, so i hit the break to alllow it to cross (my one and only time I've seen a wild badger)

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  • 79. At 9:08pm on 28 May 2009, Fellwatcher wrote:

    The Badger set i watch is on an open fell side not in a wood! I have seen 10 Badgers this year which is amazing as it was empty a few years ago.

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  • 80. At 9:17pm on 28 May 2009, adhansell wrote:

    Re Badger behaviour
    Hi, Last spring (2008) I saw a badger kill a young rabbit in front of the vehicle headlights about 9PM (on the way to the pub). I have also seen badgers (several times) in the carcass' of dead sheep, and have a sneaky feeling that they occasionally take young lambs (not too many) although I cant prove this.
    Re: culling (message above) I am a beef and sheep farmer and do not agree with badger culling at all. I have had up to forty badgers living on the farm and together with the rabbits, foxes (a lot), rats mice birds trees and everything else we all all get on fine. The only negative is poachers. The way to control TB is simple; develop a vaccine and stop movement of infected animals. cheers!!

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  • 81. At 9:21pm on 28 May 2009, Bazjack wrote:

    Hi I live very close to Dons site approx 500 yards and regulaly have up to 7 Badgers vist the garden, at the moment we are seeing 4 cubs ! I didnt recognise any from Dons sett and wonder if ours could have been the new cub and sow seen tonight ?
    Regards

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  • 82. At 9:24pm on 28 May 2009, stuartpin wrote:

    Whilst you are in Essex you should come and have a look at our badgers in Writtle nr Chelmsford.

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  • 83. At 9:26pm on 28 May 2009, kpnuthatch wrote:

    Re badger behaviour a few years ago we had badgers living around an electricity sub station in the middle of Vaynor estate Headless Cross, Redditch. They had a nasty habit of catching the local hedgehogs opening them up with their front claws and eating them alive,the poor h,hogs squealed like a rabbit, if my son and myself saw any we,d move them to a safer place aswe,d regurly see badgers up and down the road after dark.Unfortunately the sub station caught fire 2 years ago and the badgers left.

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  • 84. At 9:33pm on 28 May 2009, jacstives wrote:

    I built a bird table just outside our kitchen window, sited on top of a 1 metre high fence post within a small bush to protect it from raptors. One evening we noticed something large moving on the table and by the light of a torch saw a young badger sitting there. We had been wondering why the table was so clean each morning. I have now raised the hight of the table and also the wire nut feeders as, denied the table, he later reached up and knocked down the feeder and mangled it for the peanuts inside.

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  • 85. At 10:37pm on 28 May 2009, theharleyclan wrote:

    When we lived in Essex in 2005 we bought 2 baby rabbits and kept them in a sturdy cage in our garden. One night a badger broke into the cage and killed both rabbits. It was disturbed by my wife and left without its spoils!
    Steve & Claire Harley

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  • 86. At 08:40am on 29 May 2009, janeedmonds wrote:

    Just yards from where Gordon is filming Don's badgers there is another large sett near the bottom of my garden. Maybe this clan have cubs this year although I haven't seen any yet. This sett has been established for at least 40 years,probably a lot longer, my husband remembers it being there when he was a boy. I dont feed the Badgers myself as I keep chickens and am worried for their safety but I still love to see them. They come into my garden and have even transplanted some of my potatoes for me. They dug up our new turf several times looking for worms but we managed to stop them by laying sheets of weld mesh on it until it got established. Gardeners need to work with the badgers and not against them.
    Locally there are large numbers of Badgers,and a local church has had problems with Badgers in the graveyard disrupting old graves by tunnelling, bit creepy that. Do you fancy filming in the dead of night at the local graveyard Gordon?
    Keep up the great work I have loved watching all of Springwatch so far
    especially the badgers of course

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  • 87. At 09:10am on 29 May 2009, decaffPGtips wrote:

    Over the past three years I have noticed more frequent sightings of Badgers trotting along the roadsides in the evenings as well of course as the increase in corpses. One night about 2 years ago I spotted a large adult Badger scoop a freshly killed rabbit (knocked down by the car in front) from the road and disappear into the undergrowth with the body hanging from its mouth.

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  • 88. At 09:26am on 29 May 2009, janeedmonds wrote:

    Further to my previous post, there was an article in the local paper, I have removed locations

    XXXXXX residents have a bone to pick with the local badger population.

    The beasts are digging up human remains in St.XXXXXXXXXX churchyard and scattering them around the site.

    The general refrain is, "Something should be done about it", but how do you tell a badger to stop digging up skeletons?

    What's more, as the churchwarden points out, badgers have been on the site for longer than the ancient church.

    If church members are serious about getting rid of the badgers, they will have to take drastic measures.

    Non-stop readings from Chronicles 2, the dreariest book in the Bible, will soon drive the badgers away.

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  • 89. At 09:53am on 29 May 2009, rustyknees wrote:

    Several years ago,during a very dry summer we witnessed some unusual badger activity .We had badgers out during the day--about lunch time.The first one was eating small hard green cooking apples about the size of a gof ball.It gradually moved to within about 10 feet of where I was sitting ,eating those nasty hard green apples which drop early in summer.
    As it turned to move away we could see that it was very thin and it's hind quarters were really skinny.No nice fat badger bottom at all.
    So,we put out a drinkingbowl,and began to feed dog food--dry and tinned,in several places.We placed the food in quiet areas in the daytime,and near the house at night.We had daytime visits---lunch time mainly,for a week or more.Gradually,over several weeks, the time became later until it was in the evenings .By this time we had four or more to feed .
    It gave us such pleasure to see how they regained their body weight and began to behave normally.
    We had put out feed in co-operation with our neighbours ,so that there was always food at their visiting times .However,as soon as we had some rain and their natural food was available ,we gradually discontinued the feeding stations.
    Needless to say,we still receive our nocturnal visits .

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  • 90. At 11:24am on 29 May 2009, dozymuppet wrote:

    A few years ago my mom, who lives in Dorset, was woken by her security light only to find a badger attacking a hedgehog (apparently the noise was horrible). The next morning she found the spines of the hedghog but nothing else! Seemed bdgers like the taste of hedgehog, yeuk!

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  • 91. At 11:36am on 29 May 2009, luvsallanimals wrote:

    Having studied and rescued badgers for over twenty years I have but two things to say.

    1: Nothing badgers do can ever surprise me any more
    2: Never rule anything out with badgers! (in other words, NEVER say that badgers will always do this or always do that, because they turn around and call you a big liar!! Just ask Chris Packham.

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  • 92. At 11:40am on 29 May 2009, jacorion wrote:

    Despite living in the suburbs of a city, we regularly have visits from a solitary badger. We have an infra red camera which he walks past every night. We also have visits from foxes and were amazed to see both a fox and badger eating food that we had left for them only feet apart from each other. The fox looked a little nervous but the badger was totally relaxed.

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  • 93. At 2:06pm on 29 May 2009, realmerrybear wrote:

    Several years ago, when we lived in rural Hertfordshire near Stevenage, we were coming home late at about 1am when we saw 4 or 5 badgers running down the edge of the road towards the river. We also knew of a sett in the bank right next to another road between 5 and 10 miles further north, although the road was very narrow it was, and still is, a very busy rat-run.

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  • 94. At 3:18pm on 29 May 2009, famousgobby1 wrote:

    we live on the outskirts of southampton by junction 3 of the m27.
    we have had up to 3 badgers visit our garden mainly for the peanuts we put out.
    one of them ,we call dyson cos he hoovers up the nuts, is so comfortable he plonks his back legs down and sits eating without a care in the world.

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  • 95. At 3:29pm on 29 May 2009, minkbow wrote:

    we were at badbury rings today about 1-30pm we saw a badger in a field we watched for about 30 mins is this normal

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  • 96. At 3:34pm on 29 May 2009, luvsallanimals wrote:

    Often on lovely summer days, badgers will come out to either sunbathe, or, especially cubs, play in the sunshine. So yes it is normal. Sometimes though, the badger may be sick or injured and have been thrown out of the sett and it can't find anywhere to go. Much like hedgehogs, if you see a badger in the daytime, try to assess if it is unwell in any way. If it is, contact your local badger rescue group - if not unwell, they are just out enjoying the sunshine!

    Hope this helps?

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  • 97. At 3:40pm on 29 May 2009, luvsallanimals wrote:

    One more thing! If the badger or other nocturnal animal is out during a hot day, it may be in need of water. I had this situation once with a badger in the middle of a country lane trying to follow people. Luckily I carry water in my car with a dish and offered it some.

    We Brits seem to like the hot weather (guilty) but it does dry out some water sources for the animals and it can be a difficult time for them in dry periods. A quick suggestion is to carry some water if at all possible.

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  • 98. At 5:13pm on 29 May 2009, in-the-country wrote:

    A few years ago whilst living in North Yorkshire I would take my hound for a last walk up the drive (almost a mile) during the summer months we would meet a number of badgers, one in particular would amble some feet in front of us and was so used to us that if we stopped it did to.

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  • 99. At 5:21pm on 29 May 2009, Ashani wrote:

    Last year two of my regular badgers were greedily munching peanuts. However a hedgehog was also eating peanuts a litle nearer the house. One badger was so engrossed in scoffing the peanuts he moved very close to the hedgehog and obviously hadn't seen it. The hedgehog let out an earsplitting screech, looking very agressive, nose in the air and teeth showing. The badger started and hastily turned and moved away towards the other badger! So very small creatures can scare very large ones!

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  • 100. At 7:07pm on 29 May 2009, greggsysmum wrote:

    Absolutely loving the footage of badgers - how lucky to have them in your back garden. I adore badgers as my husband will testify - I have china ones, stuffed toys, plates and garden ornaments everywhere. Have never seen one in the wild but would love to

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  • 101. At 7:22pm on 29 May 2009, dudeThelip wrote:

    I have a smallish garden backing onto fields. Badgers often visited the garden and I fed them on apples and peanuts. This year they built a 'maternity' sett under our decking.I have seen evidence of digging, nest making (quite difficult for them to drag the materials as we have steps that they have to negotiate)and latrines. I have become fascinated by them so looked up information about their nest building. When they have their young they drag green plants into the sett as these provide heat as they rot. Sure enough the following morning green plants were left in a trail across the garden and later that day I heard the sound of the new born cubs.When I stood on the decking I could hear them clearly and have felt them bumping the decking so they are not far down! As the cubs got older they were very noisy and I could hear them from inside the house.

    One adult comes out most nights. She has something around her neck. I thought at first that it was a radio collar but it is very narrow. It looks like cable tie.

    The badgers have sometimes dug up the lawn but feeding them does seem to help. Someone mentioned chicken manure pellets and I agree/ I put some around my shrubs and all the evidence of badger activity stopped but once it had dissolved back they came.

    I think the cubs have gone now although there is still some bedding being changed. Presumably the cubs have been taken to the main sett. I would love to have seen them! There are loads of holes in the decking and one of those thin bendy cameras could easily have been pushed in without disturbing the family.

    I look forward to them building again next year!

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  • 102. At 7:47pm on 29 May 2009, scarlettbirdgirl wrote:

    I found two dead hedgehogs in the garden last year. Only the spines and attached skin were left. Someone told me this was likely to be badgers. Anybody know about this?

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  • 103. At 8:04pm on 29 May 2009, luvsallanimals wrote:

    Could be a badger or a fox that had eaten the unfortunate hedgehogs. Not all badgers know how to get at a hedgehog, they tend to learn from another badger who has the 'knack', so hedgehog eating badgers are actually quite rare. Also rarely, foxes can eat hedgehogs too.

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  • 104. At 10:06pm on 29 May 2009, henrirosenberg wrote:

    I have watched /fed Badgers for over 30 Years in my former garden in Hastings. A 30 sec. clip was shown on springwatch and repeated on the Xmas special. Bill Odies comment "they are not realy wild". Kate didn't agree. Fact - they are as wild as the ones Gorden is watching this year. Badgers in towns are however under a lot more pressure to find food and space for their sets. In Hastings they have very small foraging areas, often reduced further by additional building. It is therefore not surprising that they are a lot easier to watch than their country cousins. I hope this little bit of information is of interest.

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  • 105. At 10:23pm on 29 May 2009, healee wrote:

    I often work nights in Worcester and have noticed over the last few months a real increase in badgers wondering around the city at night. I quite often see the urban foxes but never badgers before. As I was driving along one of the roads in the city centre the other night a badger was casually running up the road in front of our vehicle, completely unconcerned that we were following slowly behind. It was an amazing sight and a real honour to see such a beautiful creature up close.

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  • 106. At 00:23am on 30 May 2009, Bignyge wrote:

    It is in the last couple of years that badgers have moved into the area that I live in Bearwood, Poole. Last year at least two cubs were sighted, with the mother. Tonight, where there has been the usual fox activity, I saw two badgers, near my house. They appear to be last years cubs. I came out later on my doorstep, to see one on the other side of the road, and then the other walked straight across infront of my door step, which was a bit of a surprise! They appear to be coming more and more into the surburban areas. Is it because we are feeding them or are they finding richer pickings from our gardens?

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  • 107. At 01:06am on 30 May 2009, janicehart wrote:

    I have a badger coming into my garden to eat the peanuts I put down for the hedgehogs and birds. I do live in a country area but got a shock when I looked out to see if hedgies were there and there was a brock instead. Yipee

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  • 108. At 01:28am on 30 May 2009, xmaslisa wrote:

    we have up to 6 badgers that visit our garden every night. they have been coming for about 4 years now, we leave out bowls of peanuts. there is a clear path, or should i say several where they access! within the last month i looked outside the patio doors to where they feed and in amongst the badgers was a young fox eating with them! its amazing!Lisa Redditch , Worcestershire

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  • 109. At 07:00am on 30 May 2009, siliaman wrote:

    Driving back home a couple of years ago on a back road I saw two badgers rolling down a hillside presumably having a scrap. They rolled onto the road in front of my car and broke up and shuffled off. I used to see a lot of them when I was out travelling at night and have hit at least 3 without major injury ( they went under my land rover) , and despatched a poor broken backed one hit by a truck. They really are completely mindless of traffic, and I took to driving in the middle of the road in these circumstances as you never knew what they might do. Knighton/ Presteigne area border Wales.

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  • 110. At 10:20am on 30 May 2009, kalpa108 wrote:

    No,
    I have never seen a badger, but David Cameron has promised dairy and cattle farmers in the North that they will be allowed to cull badgers when he becomes Prime Minister, recently. They spread TB so must be killed!

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  • 111. At 11:36am on 30 May 2009, andy765gtr wrote:

    This not really an observation of 'behaviour' as such, but a couple of years ago I was cycling along a path next to wheat field at dusk, and had a very scary moment as i heard a large 'thing' smashing through the wheat field next to me. what turned out to be an alarmed badger suddenly shot in front of my bike and 'bulldozed' through the undergrowth into the hedge. a good example of the size and power of this animal. Andy, Kenilworth.

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  • 112. At 12:22pm on 30 May 2009, gardenwarbler wrote:

    In the context of re-introducing the beaver into the wild in Britain, I wonder how the badger would be viewed if in a similar situation? Quite apart from the alleged links with the spread of bovine TB, the dossier of crimes attributed to the badger (an apparently indiscriminating omnivore) would seem to make it highly undesirable.

    In the recent past:

    I have seen examples of a badger ripping out the base of a wooden shed and partly dismantling a rockery to get at bumble bee nests (and we wonder why bumble bees are getting scarcer!)

    A badger broke open the guinea-pig pen in a friend's garden, and ate the inhabitants.

    Another friend found several chickens dead, their legs eaten.

    A badger seen in this neighbourhood, must have been the one that ripped the removable panel from one of my big plastic Compostabins - to get at the worms, I expect. It has also eaten at least one of the two remaining hedgehogs we had around here - empty "shell" found by lady next door in her garden. (And we wonder why there are so few hedgehogs, nowadays...)

    This is in a town. The countryside evidently cannot sustain the badger population that now exists. Steps must be taken to redress the balance of nature. Recently there was BBQd grey squirrel on "Countryfile". How about Heston Blumenthal making Badger Ham the delicacy it once was?


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  • 113. At 4:37pm on 30 May 2009, Essential Rabbit wrote:

    I have seldom heard a more blatent misrepresentation of the facts, you seem to want to blame badgers for every crime immaginable, but with no evidence presented. There's obviously a hidden agenda here.
    Yes, badgers are carnivorous when the opportunity presents itself, so are many other animals, including man. Their social structure ensures a self-limiting population which has been perfectly in tune with the environment for thousands of years. They have been around alot longer than we have.
    As for bovine TB, the clue's in the name.
    I wouldn't like to live in your world, where an animal's only value seems to be what use it is to us.

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  • 114. At 9:38pm on 30 May 2009, jhc181 wrote:

    I haven't seen any suprising badger behaviour, because the only badgers I've seen over the past two months have all been dead. I'd like to know why I've seen so many dead. I've seen them all down small country lanes and on bridleways. Obviously I realise some could have been hit by cars, but there just seems so many recently.

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  • 115. At 08:22am on 31 May 2009, master-mariner wrote:

    This may not be relevant to this year but about 4 years ago, an exceptionally hot summer, badgers were having a lean time of it (I have never seen them so lean) we decided to feed them dog food, wet and dry, this they ate with great relish and came around at midday for their lunch, they also had supper provided, their backsides filled out and eventually when the rain came we stopped feeding them "unnatural foods". As the weather was so hot I sleep with the window open, imagine my surprise when I heard motor cycle trial bikes being used in the field next door, this at 0200.( the farmers children use these bikes at weekends in the fields around here) looking out of the window there was a large badger telling another large badger to go away and leave him to eat his bounty that had been left for the wildlife,(stale bread) I have never heard this sound before or since, just like a trial bike and loud eneugh to wake me.

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  • 116. At 09:05am on 31 May 2009, MissElaineKneeUs wrote:

    I have been to see the badgers at Don's and find it amazing, but I regulary feed badgers with peanuts at a location in Essex and find it quite magical just watching them.

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  • 117. At 12:03pm on 31 May 2009, buckbybabe wrote:

    I live in a large village, near to open countryside.

    About 7 years ago, on a hot summers day, about 9 in the morning, I had left the back door open and was sitting in the living room, when I heard scraping noises from the kitchen. Thinking it was next doors cat (again!) I opened the living room door to investigate, and there, in my hall, stood a large, bedraggled badger. I'm not sure which of us was the most surprised. I love badgers, but prefer that they stay out of the house. I made shooing noises at it and indicated with my hands that I wanted it to leave. It slowly turned and ambled through the kitchen, just stopping for a few moments to look over its shoulder at me. It then left and I have never seen it since. I think it was possibly old and/or ill. I had noticed bushes being partly dug up just previous to this, presumably the badger looking for worms.

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  • 118. At 8:31pm on 31 May 2009, alisongriesel wrote:

    Living in Essex....We have a badger sett at the end of our garden and feed our badgers every night with peanuts. The foxes, who also have a den in our garden, join in feeding too! We've seen 2 young badger cubs this year, but had 3 last year. It's a sight you never tire of. Keep up the good work at Springwatch...Love the programme.

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  • 119. At 10:33pm on 31 May 2009, Happy_V wrote:

    Hi, I'm new to this blog site, and I am just wondering if anyone can shed any light on the possibility of badgers attacking fox cubs? We have a family of foxes living in our back garden - a mother and four cubs. They have been delighful to watch, but yesterday we discovered one of the cubs at the rear of the garden had been killed in rather a gruesome manner (decapitation). Mercifully my husband made the tragic discovery before any children did. It had obviously been killed by an animal of some sort. We could only think of a badger as the possible prey, because the fox's den is very close to a former badger set, and the previous owners of our recently acquired home told us there had been badgers in the garden in previous years. Does anyone know if badgers would kill fox cubs? We have not seen the fox family since the discovery, which is very sad. I'm not anti badgers at all, by the way. As a family we really enjoy Springwatch, and we saw the episode showing badgers attacking baby rabbits, hence our question about the random killing of the fox cub. Thanks for any advice or insight!

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  • 120. At 00:11am on 01 Jun 2009, k wrote:

    Pie and Chip eating badgers in Perranporth Cornwall,Every year on holiday in Perranporth we are visited by badgers,once with a small baby, they live in sand dunes we think, but they visit us on a very busy holiday park. Last year I filmed two badgers outside our holiday rental eating a dropped takeaway meal of pie and chips, they carried on eating although a small crowd gathered. Over the next two weeks we were visited by three badgers that allowed me to film them while I fed them peanuts, they came right up to my bare feet, it was an amazing experience.I'm so glad we have the film as proof as no-one believes me.

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  • 121. At 00:41am on 01 Jun 2009, Scottallan87 wrote:

    I live in largs, north ayrshire scotland and have seen badgers, pole cats and cuckoos at my local golf course on an almost regular basis this spring :~D

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  • 122. At 02:19am on 01 Jun 2009, Happyhippo39 wrote:

    On Sunday 24 May I saw a badger in broad daylight on Badbury Rings in Dorset

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  • 123. At 11:03am on 01 Jun 2009, creambadger wrote:

    We have an albino badger that comes most evenings, always about the same time. It is smaller than a normal badger but so lovely cream/honey coloured all over with no stripes. Always alone.
    Likes peanuts and small dried dog food and breakfast cereal.

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  • 124. At 1:31pm on 01 Jun 2009, PinataQueen72 wrote:

    Backing onto woodland, I am not surprised that we are visited by badgers (who are not at all bothered by the security light or flapping washing on the line). I did think this was all very lovely until recently, when they have churned up by lawn, presumably foraging for things to eat. The grass now looks like the Battle of the Somme has taken place there - any ideas on how to dissuade them from this nocturnal lawn massacre?

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  • 125. At 1:58pm on 01 Jun 2009, michealpaine wrote:

    i live in littlestone New Romney in kent and i have a badgers set not far from where i live and as my garden was open they took a sq,metre of turfe up to get worms and other food but i got in touch with my badger group and they said 2 cds on sticks 45degrees will detir them but i still love them

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  • 126. At 3:28pm on 01 Jun 2009, Lizzarella wrote:

    I live close to the centre of Bristol and we've noticed two badgers that visit our garden fairly regulary. I wasn't aware that badgers lived in cities, believing them to be exclusively countryside lovers. Can anyone tell me how common my badgers are? And how did they get here? Surely they didn't trudge all the way from the countryside believing the city had more to offer? Or has the city built up around them (our and neighbouring streets were built in the 1930's)?

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  • 127. At 4:54pm on 01 Jun 2009, Johnboy77B wrote:

    I only live less than a mile from the set featured in this years springwatch. I live in the middle of a wood and at the back of my house there is a set with a clan of badgers. I am wondering if these badgers would mix with the ones on the show. There is a barrier between the sets in the form of a major trunk road. I am lucky to see badgers every day and a few days ago saw a young female only about 3 feet from me near the set.

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  • 128. At 6:12pm on 01 Jun 2009, thisisdantheman wrote:

    I have some excellent video footage from last night of a badger and a fox feeding together on my back lawn. I thought the two animals avoided each other. We put out some very hard dog biscuits that the badgers like, but the foxes don't along with cooked meat scraps that the foxes eat and the badgers will only take after the biscuits.

    Danny

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  • 129. At 7:30pm on 01 Jun 2009, sofeeflower wrote:

    I saw a badger by the gates of a local school in broad day light. I got to within 6 feet of it before it went through a hedge back into a garden

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  • 130. At 7:33pm on 01 Jun 2009, Welly-Boots-12 wrote:

    Me and My Friends went on holiday, and in the woods we saw about 4 badgers wondering around in the woods!! We were not too close but we saw them rolling on there backs in the bushes. Also they stayed in one little group as they went around the forest!!

    Welly-Boots-12

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  • 131. At 7:49pm on 01 Jun 2009, HamiltonGrammar wrote:

    I live next to a large forest in Hamilton and it is not unusual to sea both foxes and badgers passing through the back garden. My neighbours regularly put food out for them too which leads to some good views. One night they had put out the remains of a Chinese talk away. And I was amazed to see an adult fox and badger quit happily eating out of the same tin foil container, at the same time, side by side. The two finished the meal with out any squabbling over the food.

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  • 132. At 8:03pm on 01 Jun 2009, HamiltonGrammar wrote:

    At our school and at some of our ecoschools members houses we had regular bagger visitors. We had started putting out small amounts of food for the badgers. Just enough for a treat as we didnt want them becoming dependent on them. This lead to us getting some great video clips and pictures. We then came up with a new idea. We set up small wooden frames that we filled with sand and then put some food in a dish in the centre of the frame. This meant the badger had to step in the sand to get the food. This left behind an imprint in the sand. We then filed these imprints with plaster of paris which allowed us to make a cast of the foot print. We got casts of many other animals too like foxes, mice, a variety of birds and a domestic cat that at one site was good at getting the food each night before the badger. This was great activity which we looked forward to seeing every morning. We have also used the casts when we are doing workshops in primary schools and other groups.

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  • 133. At 8:37pm on 01 Jun 2009, lovelapwings wrote:

    Urban badgers are very common in and around Southend On Sea and Westcliff On Sea in Essex. I have lived at two addresses where I have had a set at the bottom of my garden and would often see them scamper away as the headlights of my car shone on them as I drove onto my driveway at night. At another location I was sitting in my car outside a friends house on a warm evening when two adults and two young walked along the pavement right past my car,with an open window, and disappeared into a driveway nearby. They appeared calm and unhurried and I concluded that this was a regular sojourn on home territory for them. It was unbelievable to see. I could have put my hand out of the window and touched them! I didnt of course, I was too enthralled by the view.

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  • 134. At 8:43pm on 01 Jun 2009, lovelapwings wrote:

    ...in addition to my earlier post, I too had foxes and cubs living in close proximity to the badger sett at the bottom of my garden. This seems to be quite common. Do foxes and badgers have some sort of simbiotic relationship?

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  • 135. At 8:59pm on 01 Jun 2009, thelovelylucyluby wrote:

    In answer to UpperCS comment about being charged by a badger, a friend of ours was also charged and chased by a badger.
    We visit the badgers frequently in a nearby woodland and last year found two huge fish at the mouth of the badger sett presumably fished from the nearby fish farm.

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  • 136. At 9:08pm on 01 Jun 2009, DivingRoger wrote:

    We had two enormous "ice cream" scoops of earth removed from our front garden in Gosport on Saturday night. We think it was a badger digging for ants! Would we be right?
    The previous night one of our paving slabs had been partly lifted and dropped out of place. Again we think it must be a badger - the slab is about 18 inches square.

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  • 137. At 9:10pm on 01 Jun 2009, zimbundu wrote:

    Easily seen on the grounds of the University of Northampton in the wee hours (the times students are awake!), there've been times I've walked a few meters away from them...

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  • 138. At 10:30pm on 01 Jun 2009, dmitri_sampson wrote:

    Every evening I walk down to the Sea Front at Hill Head (near Gosport/Hampshire). As well as seeing foxes, I have in the last few weeks spotted badgers scuttling across the road most evenings about 1/4mile inland almost like your program showed in the residential area.

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  • 139. At 11:47am on 02 Jun 2009, Essential Rabbit wrote:

    Lovelapwings, foxes are very lazy diggers and often use sections of a badger sett, and the badgers usually tolerate them if there's enough room for them to get away from the smell of rotting food in the fox den.

    Lizzarella, Many setts are hundreds of years old and badgers are very faithful to them and determined to remain in residence. Its most likely that your sett is indeed a case of the city being built around it.

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  • 140. At 6:05pm on 02 Jun 2009, joysaphinejoyojy wrote:

    I unfortunately live in Pembrokeshire - I say unfortunately because they have been talking about culling the badgers here because of cows and TB. We have many many setts within walking distance of us and I have had badgers snuffling and tearing up my front lawn a couple of times now.
    Quite often too - we will see the badger setts in close proximity to fox dens. I have also had foxes in my garden in broad daylight - taking the dogs bones.

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  • 141. At 9:40pm on 02 Jun 2009, jenjup wrote:

    Have just got back from a fantastic weekend in Pembrokeshire where me and my Dad saw loads of great wildlife including a badger cub in the carpark of the St David's YHA. It was broad daylight at 8.30am, we came out to get into the car and I looked down into the long grass and there it was looking back up at me :) an amazing experience!!
    also saw a fox, choughs at st govan's headland and loads of red kites on the journey back through mid wales!

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  • 142. At 11:52pm on 02 Jun 2009, helenfel wrote:

    I live on the edge of a rural town in Somerset. Every evening I watch three young badgers who visit a piece of grass next to a well-used footpath, which runs past the nearby sheltered housing.
    My regular companions in watching the badgers are 4 local cats (none of whom belong to me).
    The cats gather together to follow me each night, accompany me to scatter a few peanuts, then we all retire to the path, where they sit politely beside me to watch the action.
    Mostly they're well- behaved, but occasionally they get carried away and rush onto the grass(usually when the badgers are rustling unseen behind the fence). Then the poor badger temporarily takes flight, but returns very soon, having regained its dignity.
    When the food is eaten and the show is over, the cats happily trot back to wherever they came from in the first place, until we make our rendezvous the following evening.

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  • 143. At 06:03am on 03 Jun 2009, rubyd00 wrote:

    This winter I bought a cage to keep pigeons, magpies and jackdaws off food for ground-feeding birds. It was pegged into the lawn, but got ripped out twice in the night. I assumed it was a badger, so I started putting peanuts out at night on the patio, and now one badger comes most nights. It wakes up my dog, and he wakes me up, and I can watch it from the bedroom window in the security light. The badger doesn't bother about the dog barking indoors, or me opening a door a few feet away to get photos. The other night it interupted its feeding to chase off a cat. Great! Now I have the dog to keep cats away in the day, and a badger to do it at night. He/she's definitely worth the peanuts.

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  • 144. At 9:19pm on 03 Jun 2009, brockfan wrote:

    I am lucky enough to have a secondary sett in my garden and feed the badgers nightly. The first arrived before 8 tonight and by about 9.30 they will be 5 or 6 badgers but the new twins will arrive with mum after dark. I see the scratching, fighting, grooming and scent marking behaviour and I watch as they protect their share of the peanut supply by lying over them, one will try and shove the other out of the way like a couple of children, sometimes resulting in a short sharp fight. The surprising reaction of the badgers is to my cat. I thought he must have a death wish as he terrorises the badgers. Although they are much larger than him I have seen him jump on their backs and chase them out of the garden and even wap one across the nose with his paw when it came up to close the patio door. My heart went in my mouth at the film of the badger meeting the cat in the street tonight but they both backed off. I think if the badgers did not have the option of 'flight' then 'fight' might leave my cat in serious trouble, I am just surprised that they show such tolerance to such a small bully!

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  • 145. At 3:17pm on 04 Jun 2009, Wildaboutmammals wrote:

    I have been watching badgers in my garden for over 8 years and have been amazed at how attentive the female badgers with cubs are. They will collect food and take it over to the cubs so they can learn which food is OK to eat and if a cub strays too far from the sett they will often carry them back by the scruff of the neck. I have also watched quite young cubs helping their mum bring new bedding down into the sett. Watching them is wonderful.

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  • 146. At 6:45pm on 04 Jun 2009, scotsgirl wrote:

    Two badgers chased each other down my village street in broad daylight (about 7.30am). They went right across my front doorstep, totally ignoring passing cars, before heading for the woods nearby.

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  • 147. At 6:55pm on 04 Jun 2009, vet_tash wrote:

    I have once seen badgers digging up rabbit warrens in fields near me in Wiltshire. After watching the film that you captured on it I realised that I hadnt just been seeing things!

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  • 148. At 10:00pm on 04 Jun 2009, horseymags wrote:

    just saw your site after I was searching to see if it was usual to see badgers in the daylight. Today, when I was walking my dog in the woods behind my house where there are known badger sets, I heard a lot of rustling of undergrowth and suddenly there appeared a badger suprising both me and my dog. I couldn't believe it as it was 2pm in the afternoon. Then some more rustling and another one appeared - they looked like quite young badgers and were quite unaware of me for some time - infact I got about 3ft away from one of them - wished I'd got my camera with me!. Wondered if their sett had been disturbed and although it was amazing to see them so close I hoped they would disappear out of sight and not be so vulnerable.

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  • 149. At 00:28am on 05 Jun 2009, bordermorrisdancer wrote:

    There are lots of badgers living close to us and usually we only see them late at night driving home down our lane which is in the Clwydian Hills of N.Wales.
    One night three of us were walking home from the village pub when we heard a fighting squawling kind of noise. I thought it might be badgers fighting, someone else said it was cats. We were walking from the light cast from a lamppost into dark deep shadow. Suddenly we heard the sound of running animal feet on the road surface rapidly coming towards us. Two badgers - one chasing the other - were hurtling in our direction, collision seemed inevitable. Then the chasing badger sensed our presence and ran off in another direction while the other one skidded to a halt inches away from us before disppearing after its companion.
    In 2007 a plum tree in our garden had a fantastic harvest and lots of windfalls which a badger helped him/herself to at night. We never saw this badger but the evidence was a dung-hole in the veg bed, filled nightly with plumstone-studded badger poo.

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  • 150. At 8:14pm on 05 Jun 2009, brockfan wrote:

    In reply to 'lovelapwings' comment I think that foxes tend to follow the badgers round to gain access to their food sources - badgers tend to follow a regular route and the foxes can soon pick up the regular food sources without too much effort.

    In addition to my previous comment on badger behaviour my locals have just learnt how to open my shed door and help themselves to the peanuts stored there - they have nuts put out and other food nightly so I know they can't be starving! Clever!!!

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  • 151. At 6:05pm on 08 Jun 2009, jonathanproud wrote:

    I've been camera trapping badgers at a local sett since February and after getting several pictures with the same 'problem', came up with a theory as to why the badger has those stripes. When viewed from the side, at night, the black stripe blends into the darkness. The shape of the lower part of the face and neck match the shape of the tail, so a predator can't tell which end is the dangerous one! (Don't laugh)
    An example is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/16467324@N04/3607272725/

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  • 152. At 5:27pm on 09 Jun 2009, whitehughie wrote:

    We have badgers in our garden all year round here in Somerset and last year we found one coming in and out of our cat flap. We both had a shock and now lock it at night. I blamed the cat for the smell which was left now I know better. We have watched Springwatch and its nice to be able to compare some of the things they do with the ones we see.

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  • 153. At 9:02pm on 10 Jun 2009, cjdouthit wrote:

    We live in Wimbledon in Greater London and have badgers living in the bottom of the garden, along with a fox den. They all come out every night and eat the food I leave out--all meat scraps and bread, vegetables are gone the next morning, so not much goes to waste in our house. I have lived here 20 years and it seems the animals have been here since before I came. And there is less damage to the dust bins when I feed them.

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  • 154. At 3:26pm on 15 Jun 2009, smithychickencoop wrote:

    Early hours of the morning Sunday 14th June Badger broke into my hen house killing a dozen adult chickens and four chicks, several other chickens injured which have sinced died. Appears to have taken a bite out of each chicken.

    Question: Are Badgers like foxes who return to strike again? this Badger seems not to have just killed for food. How can I stop the Badger returning?

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  • 155. At 6:23pm on 25 Jul 2009, U14081733 wrote:

    i am relieved to read the comment about badgers eating chickens. recently we purchased our first two chickens. they settled into the family, and were shut away each night in a chicken coop and run. one night about 6 weeks after purchasing the chickens, i was woken up around 2am by a terrible commotion. i ran down to the chicken coop and realised that something had broke in from under the nesting box. i opened the front door, and saw a badger eating one of the chickens, he had injured the other chicken, but not killed it. when it saw me it jumped back out of the coop and ran off to the back of the garden.
    we had to kill the other chicken, as it was badly injured. we noticed the following day that the badger had dug under the wooden fencing between us and neighbours. we have tried to reinforce the fencing around our garden, but different holes keep popping up. the badger does not come every night, sometimes we may not have a hole for a few days. we were very upset about the chickens, and now worried about having anymore because we do not know how to stop him getting into the garden. everything we try does not stop it. i am very relieved that someone else has had this problem, as everyone i mention it to say that badgers do not eat meat, and that i must be mistaken.

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  • 156. At 10:46am on 27 Jan 2010, Teresa wrote:

    Just come in from feeding the sheep only have 11, to find a small ewe half eaten. Both ears ripped off and the back leg broken. I have a badger set in our woodland and believe this damage has been caused by them.
    This is the third one in a year First one a ram lost an ear but is now happily grazing.Second had it faced ripped in half and had to be put to sleep and then this morning both ears and rips around back end.
    Also lost chickens and lambs. It is no Joke, they make a complete mess and leave sheep suffering.

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  • 157. At 09:55am on 15 Mar 2010, michb wrote:

    A badger has recently appeared in my garden and it has started eating the litter from my cats dirt tray. I use a natural litter made from corn but it has emptied the tray 5 nights in a row now and aside from the expense I really don't think this is healthy for it. Can anyone tell me what I should do?

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  • 158. At 11:34am on 08 Apr 2010, Mike Skidmore wrote:

    Last night we were woken at 2:30am by the sound of breaking timber coming from our garden. Thinking we were being burgled i stuck my head out the window to see what was going on, the crashing seemed to have moved to the neighbours garden, i was convined it was an escaping burglar or Wayne Rooney chasing a through ball until a security light came on and i spotted a badger running across the neighbours lawn. How the bagder found its way in i'm not sure as all the gardens are fenced in. I heard and seen foxes plenty of times but never badgers. Anyway i inspected the garden this morning and found 2 football sized holes, one in and one out by the looks of it. Nice to see though, even if i have the fence to repair now!

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