How to help badgers in the colder months!
- Avoid disturbing active badger setts, especially during their breeding season which peaks in late winter/early spring. Badgers are protected by law.
- Clear away from the entrance to setts any debris like branches or wire that could obstruct badgers coming and going.
- Provide supplementary food like peanuts, oats, apples, or sweetcorn, placed near their sett but not too close to interfere.
- Create a badger gate or tunnel through any fencing near their sett so they can access different areas of their territory.
- Check any ponds or water sources haven’t become covered or frozen over – badgers need to drink regularly.
- Drive slowly and watch out for badgers near the roadside at dusk and dawn when they are most active.
- Keep dogs on leads when near woods or areas badgers inhabit to avoid disturbance or baiting.
- Avoid using poisons like slug pellets that could be harmful if badgers consume affected prey.
- Report any incidents of illegal badger baiting or persecution to the RSPCA or police immediately.
- Contact a badger protection group if you spot any ill or injured badgers that may need care.
- Visit the Badger Trust website for further details! https://www.badgertrust.org.uk/living-with-badgers