How do I know if badgers are in my area?
Walk along field edges looking for badger paths under fences or through hedges. Look for badger hair on
barbed-wire fences, or search woods and other likely sites for setts.
For more detailed information see our About Badgers page
A number of books are available giving information on field signs including, “Badgers” by Michael Clark, and "The Natural History of Badgers" by EG Neal.
Will badgers attack humans?
Badgers are generally afraid of humans and, alerted to their presence by the badgers acute hearing and strong sense of smell, will quickly run away from them. But if the badger is in a situation where it feels vulnerable or threatened – for example if injured or in a confined space and unable to run – it will naturally try to protect itself which is why you should be cautious when dealing with an injured badger. For more information see our Emergencies page
What do I do if I see anyone acting suspiciously near to a badger sett?
Do not disturb them: Take their car registration number and call the police on 999 and RSPCA at once. Further advice is given in RSPCA leaftet "Living with Badgers" and on our Emergencies page
Where can I get advice if badgers are a problem in my garden?
To help householders with problems caused by badgers in gardens the Badger Trust has produced a booklet, "Badgers in your Garden". This A5-sized, 12 page booklet is full of helpful information about ways in which problems badgers may cause in gardens can be tackled without harming the badgers.
Where can I go to see badgers?
If you are prepared to sit patiently from dusk to dark near a badger sett you may be rewarded by seeing badgers emerge from their sett. No permission is required if the sett is on public land but on private land permission would be required from the landowner. Always consider how easy it is to access the sett being mindful that when you leave it will be dark.
There are many things to consider in preparation for badger watching and you will find the leaflet "Tips for Badger Watching" available from The Badger Trust full of useful information.
What should I do if I find a dead badger?
If the badger is in the road notify your local Council’s Highways Department for removal of the body safely. It would be helpful for our records if you report where it was found to the SBCG via the Contact Us page giving as much detail as you can about the location where the badger was found (eg. road numbers; mileage from town/village/landmark etc). This information may be helpful in locating previously unknown setts for our records.
During February to May it is important to check whether the dead badger is a lactating sow. If so there may be orphaned cubs left. Cubs may come to the surface of the sett to look for their mother. Contacting SBCG to report the incident may help to rescue and save an orphaned cub.