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A friend of mine has got a terrible badger problem, their patio has been destroyed by badgersb, I she is elderly and cannot afford the money to remove them, itsimade her garden un-safe to go out in too.
Without people coming in to kill the badgersb' what can she do...... Please help.


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,541
    If you live in UK, badgers are a protected species and can’t be killed (unless you are employed by the government culling scheme in which case you can gas them or shoot them at your pleasure).

    We have several setts in the woods and banks around our house and we are visited every night by badgers. Some nights, they dig huge holes in the garden, apparently just for fun. Some nights, they find honey bee nests in the earth and rip them apart to get at the grubs. Some nights they dig up and eat my bulbs. Some nights they play football with stuff we have left on the lawn. However maddening they are, I love them. They are big, strong, lively, characterful creatures.

    Does your friend feed the birds? Is there a peanut feeder near the patio? A badger would sell its soul for a handful of peanuts. It’s my guess that the badger that dug up the patio was simply chasing that one last inaccessible peanut that had fallen down a crack in the paving.

    Try stop feeding the birds on the patio maybe.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653
    edited May 2018
    I've heard human urine works to deter them.. I wish I was kidding! Just mke sure none of the neighbours are over head  ;)
  • WaysideWayside Posts: 807
    All the pissing in the world doesn't deter the badgers near my garden.
  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653
    Strong male urine first thing in the morning. Maybe mine is just magical.. 
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,941
    LOL.. I'm sure that's it.  🙄
    Utah, USA.
  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653
    Well that's what they say! 

    Haha, indeed Philippa, they bring me endless joy. :) 
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,541
    The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has been vaccinating badgers for the last four years with great success.

    Over 80% of badgers in Derbyshire have been vaccinated. The target was 70%
    The government (we the taxpayers) paid for vaccinators to be trained.
    The cost of vaccinating each badger has been calculated to be £82.
    The government (we the tax payers) have paid for the vaccine and the salary of the vaccinators.

    The cost of culling one badger is calculated to be more than £6,000. This is based on police presence etc etc. This is paid for by, guess who, we the tax payers.

    Nobody knows the success rate of the culling as some badgers escape.

    Having spent four years doing vaccination work around the county, the Trust learned in March that the government is now considering culling all the badgers in Derbyshire, including the ones that have been vaccinated.

    So we the taxpayers,  having paid for vaccine, vaccination training and the salaries of vaccinators are now in all probability going to have to pay for culling, at £6,000 per head, animals that do not have TB and cannot pass TB on to any other living thing. 

    They don’t know their ar$es from their elbows. It’s all a vote catching exercise.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,236
    You couldn't make it up pansyface, could you?
    Well - you could - but no one would believe it..... :/
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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