Badgers in Gardens

Having badgers visit your garden can be a fantastic opportunity to see this iconic animal close up.

badgers garden

On the other hand, badgers visiting can occasionally cause problems such as lawn damage, typically when food is in shorter supply. If you are experiencing problems with badgers in your garden, please call our Enquiries line. There are a number of things that can be done in order to deter badgers if they are causing a problem and we will provide help and advice. You can also click this link for an information leaflet. If you are concerned that you may have a badger sett in your garden, please contact us, we would be happy to visit and check it for you and provide advice if necessary. If you would like to know what you can do to attract badgers to your garden and what to do when they get there, see below!

Badger Friendly Gardening

The following plants are often found in the badger diet and planting them might encourage them to visit;

  • Elder
  • Bramble (Blackberry)
  • Wild cherry
  • Bird cherry
  • Blackthorn
  • Pear
  • Crab apple
  • Apple
  • Rowan
  • Holly
  • Hazel
  • Hawthorn
  • Dog Rose
  • Guelder Rose
  • Wayfaring tree

Always use native varieties if you can.  Badgers also like short grass for catching worms! If badgers already visit your garden, great! Don’t feed them any dairy, or anything you wouldn’t feed your dog. It’s best to stick to natural food or untreated peanuts scattered around which will give you a great view as they hoover them up.