Badgers numbers have increased over the years, this is the case especially in urban areas. Badgers usually live in woodland areas and can live up to 15 years. Badgers are one of the most popular and well known British mammals.
Badgers live in setts which are made up of large tunnels and at the end of the tunnels are chambers which are used for breeding or sleeping. Badgers are nocturnal animals and come out from their setts just after dusk.
Damage caused by badgers
Badgers main source of food are earthworms and they may dig shallow pits in lawns for them. They also cause damage to fruit and vegetable crops as they enjoy eating strawberries and raspberries they have also been known to break low hanging branches from fruit trees. Root vegetables are also at risk from being eaten by the badgers.
Badgers and the law
Badgers and their setts are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. This means that it is illegal to kill, harm or to take a badger. It is also illegal to interfere with a badger sett, this also includes blocking access to tunnels or damaging the actual sett itself. It is also an offence to possess a dead badger or any part of the badger.
Unfortunately Exeter City Council does not offer a pest control service for badgers as they are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. However The National Federation of Badger Groups (NFBG) provide useful information including a leaflet entitled Badgers in your garden. Alternatively Natural England also have useful advice and a leaflet entitled Problems with badgers in rural areas