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Are you being badgered?

posted 13 Apr 2013, 03:12 by Unknown user   [ updated 7 May 2013, 13:14 ]
At the Residents' Association we've received multiple reports of badgers causing problems for residents in Chorleywood over the past few weeks.

Recently it was widely reported in the national media (link to ITV News) of the plight of Rickmansworth Cricket Club's playing fields being disturbed by badger activity. But more recently it would appear that the badger and other animal activity has spread to many parts of Chorleywood as reported by the Watford Observer and activity is literally all over the place. 

We're fortunate in Chorleywood that we live surrounded by nature, but we need to recognise that when nature creates an unusual impact upon our homes and gardens something has upset the usual equilibrium and nature is compensating for that imbalance. Humans can often help to redress the imbalance and restore the equilibrium.

Specifically for badgers, there is very good advice on the Herts and Middlesex Badger group website and a specific article linked from their site entitled "Badgers in your garden" from the Badger Trust. In dry or frosty weather badgers are unable to get at their preferred earthworm and insect larvae food, and until the middle of this week we had had a a sustained period of dry and frosty weather which probably indicates why the problem has occurred as Badgers have been deprived of easy access to their usual food source. Thankfully we've since had a little rain and an improvement in the ambient temperature, and hopefully the problem might have been alleviated.

Putting out food and water for the badgers may distract them from eating other food available, such as the lavae and earthworms in lawns. However this needs to be balanced with the unintended consequence that this could in turn encourage badgers to visit more frequently, which could be counter-productive if they are causing problems. Also it may artificially support a larger population of badgers than that which would otherwise occur naturally.  The Badger Trust suggests that if you feel the need to feed badgers to alleviate badger activity then they will readily eat peanuts, raisins, most soft fruits and bread (which can be soaked in water or spread with peanut butter). 

Remember that badgers and their homes (setts) are protected by law, but lawful actions can usually be taken to resolve, or at least minimise problems, without harm to badgers or other animals.

The Friends of Chorleywood Common recently had a talk from local badger experts entitled Badgers on your doorstep in Chorleywood Library. The Residents' Association is considering whether it would make sense for the community to run another badger related talk. The Residents Association is considering whether there would be enough interest to organise another talk/presentation on the subject of Badgers and other animals possibly co-operating with others in the community. We would be grateful if you could complete the form below.

Badger activity in Chorleywood and surround area