Badgers destroying plum tree
I have what I believe is a badger problem in my garden.
Something is tearing branches off my young plum tree to get to the plums. The branches are reasonaby think (about half an inch), and the torn branches have mud and claw marks on them, so I can't imagine it could be anything other than a badger. I have lost half of the branches on the tree now.
I live in a mid-terrace, so there are only so many places a badger could gain access. I found a trench dug under the bottom fence in one corner, which was clearly their access point, and I placed a series of metal sheets along the trenches, tied securely to the fence and held in place additionally by rocks.
This has not been damaged, nor are their any new holes, yet I went into my garden this morning to find another branch hanging half off, covered in mud and claw marks. I have no idea where it is getting in. I can't be from the gardens either side, as the fence reaches the ground and there are no holes. The bottom fence leads to a back alley, which obviously has badgers coming and going (other gardens along it have holes under fences), but there are no other holes under my fence.
The only thing I can think of is that they are squeezing through the fence. It is a metal bar fence, with gaps at their widest of about 4 inches. Could a badger sqeeze through that?