Badgers

Adult badger at night © Andrew Forsyth / RSPCA Photolibrary

Badgers and their setts are protected by law. If you think that someone has committed an offence under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, please call our 24-hour Cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 - or contact the police.


Helping badgers

Providing small amounts of supplementary food can be beneficial to badgers during dry summers or long periods of cold weather, when natural food is in short supply.


Suitable foods include tinned cereal-based dog food, lightly cooked meat, cheese, unsalted peanuts, seasonal fruits.


NB: We recommend caution when feeding wildlife. Feed only small amounts to avoid dependence on non-natural food supplies and to prevent problems arising if neighbours do not welcome badgers, as this may lead to action being taken against the animals.


Do not provide food if it encourages badgers to cross a busy road.


Want to help badgers? Find your local Badger Group or download our Living with badgers (PDF 156KB) factsheet.


Deterring badgers from your garden

Expanding urban areas are built on existing badger territories, which may mean that badgers enter gardens as they look for food, or find their home is now in secluded areas of gardens or recreational land.


The most humane and long-term solution to discourage badgers is to remove or prevent access to what attracts them, whether this is food or shelter, but bear in mind that badgers and their setts are protected by law.


For advice on deterring badgers see our Living with badgers (PDF 156KB) factsheet.


About Badgers

Badgers are highly adapted for digging with muscular limbs and strong non-retractable claws. They are mostly nocturnal but cubs may be seen foraging during daylight during summer if food is scarce.


Badgers mainly eat earthworms but, depending on food availability, they will also take other invertebrates, rodents, rabbits, cereals, fruit and bulbs.


They are highly territorial – fights between badgers for territory are fierce and can result in serious injury.


Find out what to do with an injured or sick badger or an orphaned badger cub.


For more information about badgers, visit The Badger Trust’s website, or find your local Badger Group.