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i am lucky enough to have at least one badger coming in to my garden after dusk.

However it enjoys sumo wrestling with my onions before demolishing my carrots.

can anyone advise me how to persuade them to leave my veg plot alone?

i did read in the latest GW magazine about curry powder may help.


They love peanut butter put some where you want them to go and they should leave your veg alone,I don,t encourage badgers as they dig up patches of lawn and generally make a big mess of the garden,I would rather see them in the wild.


Ensure you do not feed it or it will come back over and over again.  They are very destructive, with the strength of a mini-bulldozer.

Peat B

I actually HAD a 'pet' badger many years ago, in Devon. It took ALL my ingenuity to sow broad beans and peas without the wee darling digging them up with unnatural precision, leaving neat holes in neat rows every night. Eventually, I tried a quick seed spray of paraffin, to deter her from excavations. It seemed to work, as we had a decent crop of beans and peas,                   eventually. I found the delight in being friends with this wild creature far outweighed the trouble in the garden. Even now, some 40+ years on, I still miss her dreadfully. One hasn't lived until you have been 'groomed' by a warm and playful badger !




we have recently had several small holes appearing in the lawn overnight, My daughter woke us all up at 4am yesterday morning to tell us that there was a badger in the garden. Mystery solved, but what to do about the holes

Heather Michaels

Nothing to do about the holes I'm afraid. We have an entire family of badgers visiting nightly in our garden. We HAVE to feed them otherwise they become very destructive indeed. Largely it works although they do have a go at redesigning the lawn on occasion. Its a tricky one. I'd sooner not feed them and have them just forage for their own but they clearly consider our garden part of their territory so they'll just keep coming back and I'd rather keep damage to a minimum (so far they've left all of my plants and veg alone). So I think unfortunately its a case of feed them in the hope that it deters them or go round and fill the holes back in. Neither of them an ideal solution I'm afraid tiptonnic


What make you think that feeding them would DETER them?  Would you be deterred if someone gave you free food?

Look to your fences.  It is dangerous for the badgers if they get too used to the proximity of humans.  They are more likely to get killed on the road, going to and fro from your feeding station.

As to holes in the lawn - they made such a mess of our fields when we were farming - you can fill the holes in during the winter when they semi-hibernate.  All ready for them to start again next year.

Gatehouse, at least you consider yourself to be lucky to have a badger. So you do see a benefit to it. They are beautiful animals and not everyone sees one, even in a lifetime, so you can enjoy them for that.

I suppose all gardening has its pros and its cons and it really depends on how much money you are prepared to spend to enjoy one and get over the other.

We used to have a badger in our garden and we loved to watch it. I also loved to grow carrots but found that the two were incompatible so, in the end, I bought my carrots at the shop, turned off the tv and  we enjoyed the badger show.

I believe that the Riverford Organic veg box people put up an electric fence to keep the badgers out of their pumpkin patch, though I think that the current had to be pretty high to keep them away.

If you live near a farm supply shop maybe you could investigate a small electric fence?

Heather Michaels

Hi Welshonion, the food does deter them in the main although it isn't always successful. Unfortunately there is nothing to be done re borders or fences around our property, there aren't any at all. We do have privacy from the road on two sides as we're hemmed in by very old and very tall trees but the road runs around us (its a very quiet road used only by the people who live on it and there aren't that many but as the road goes around it dips down, its gets to 40 foot by the time you get to the front door of the house and by the time you get to the back its nearer 100, and on top of that at the back of our garden is a bank, with the near on 100 foot drop to the ground, which hems the road in with woodland etc so its free reign for any animals wanting to wander there. They come straight up the bank and straight into the garden through all of the trees! 


Trouble is I've seen many badgers on the roads at night and they are hopeless at self-preservation as they snuffle along the side of the road.  There is nothing worse than seeing them dead on the verge.

Please explain the dichotomy.  I put out food for the birds to attract them to my garden.

I put out food for the badgers to deter them from eating/destroying my crops.

I can't make head nor tail of it!

Heather Michaels

Its a crazy double edged sword isn't it!

I've also seen badgers dead on the roadside and it breaks my heart but I have to say none at all local to where I live, in the main I see them on the edges of the fastest roads into the towns, as you say a badger isn't going to be able to move out of the way of a vehicle bearing down on them at 50 mph plus. tthe poor things.

I guess all we can do is give it our best shot at attracting/deterring/living with and trying to protect our gardens and our wildlife. Its not easy!


I dont suppose we will see so many when the big cull starts.


There are so many badgers about it is very hard not to see them in rural areas.  That is the problem.

Stacey Docherty

Lucky enough know cattle by my badgers and I hope they don't cull them. They have been in the woods behind my house for 40 years ( according to neighbours who have lived there for 40 years.    They do have their benefits apparently if you have badgers you don't have rats... Keep in mind if you are building a fence to stop them comin in they are excellent diggers and will just destroy it. We had someone block the hole in our fence from the wood side 

 They just dug a hole in it! We have replaced the fence but as per the badger act 1992 we have left a hole in it so not to change or alter their route....



What badger Act?  You can do whatever you like to keep them out of your property.

Not sure what the benefits of badgers are.  They go along the road banks opening wasp nests.  They eat ground-nesting and hedge-nesting birds if they can reach them.  They eat hedgehogs. They also do other nasty things.

I love to see them, but they are very destructive.

Peat B

Badgers, hey ?  The question is, who was on your land/property first?  Who is the invader ? If badgers are in your garden, then they probably were on that patch of land for a thousand years before there was a house !  The other question or way to look at it is, if you were a badger, what would YOU feel if someone came on to your land and built a socking gurt thing on YOUR land ?


As the life-span of any individual badger is pretty short, four years, perhaps, I doubt many of them sit around telling their grandchildren what the area was like before those darn'd houses were built.

There is one thing that sets humans apart from wild animals.  Wild animals act from instinct and accept life as it is. They have few imperatives in their lives.  Breeding, food, shelter, and avoidance of predators; nothing much else.

Humans plan.

Peat B

Some humans plan, some just breed !  Animals breed, eat and defend their territory, and use only their paws, hooves or claws to defend and build. Humans in their infinite wisdom and compassion, utilise, rape the land, destroy, and ravage everything they can, all in the name of progress.  Not much hope anywhere, is there ?


Oh Dear!  What a bleak view of humanity.  They do so many good things too.  Lots of hope!  So much improvement in people's lives, thanks to man's inginuity.

To bring some levity; imagine how awful life was before they invented waterproofs and Wellingtons.