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Where can I go to see badgers?

Many local Badger Groups organise badger watches. Join these, your Wildlife Trust or The Mammal Society to make contact with other badger watchers in your area. The Badger Trust can tell you the address of your local badger group.

Also, contact the Highland Badger Network (as they may have space in their hide) or go to the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig in Scotland as they have badgers too.

How do I know if badgers are in my area?

Walk along field edges looking for badger trails under fences or through hedges, or search in woods and other likely sites of setts. Further advice on field signs is given in the Evidence page.

What do I do if I see badger diggers or suspicious vehicles near a sett?

Take their car number, do not disturb them and call the police (dial 999) and in England or Wales the RSPCA (0345 - 888 999), or in Scotland the SSPCA (0131 - 225 6418) at once.

Also look at our Evidence of Illegal Activity guidance page.

What food can I put out in the garden to attract badgers ?

Assuming badgers can get into and out of your garden safely, some badgers will appreciate water to drink or wet cat food or dog food to eat. However, they will have few table-manners, so don't use crockery! If you really want to use a dish (and you don't have to), then use a large metal dog-food dish.

Have you any good quotations about badgers?

Here are some that you may have seen quoted around different parts of our web site:
"The world of badgers is in some ways analogous with the human world. Like us, their behaviour is greatly influenced by their need for homes and living space, and being social like we are, they too have their problems of learning how to live together ..... and with us"
Ernest Neal
"The man who deliberately sends a terrier to ground to face a badger should resign from the human race."
David Stephen
"(The badger) moves noisily, nothing quiet or stealthy about him. He ambles on like a miniature tank, snorting and wheezing, bashing his way through any bushes or undergrowth in his path."
Ernest Dudley
"What is important about the badger is that it has survived. It is still here. It has not, like so many of our wild animals, the wolf, the wild-boar, as well as the bear, been hunted into extinction. Man might have done his best to wipe it out, but he has failed."
Ernest Dudley
"(I was) learning to distinguish one footfall from another. The one which gave me least trouble was the imminent arrival of the badger, for certainly in this neck of the woods he is its heaviest-footed inmate, careless almost, doubtless because his natural environment holds no terrors for him. ... now I was certain a badger was coming my way"
Jim Crumley
"I suffer from acute and incurable melophilia ...
a rare and delightful ailmentfrom which I am thankful that I can never be healed ...
The only symptom is a deep affection for badgers."
Phil Drabble