FAQS - Badgers

I have hit an adult badger with my car. Help!

Despite their cuddly appearance, badgers are dangerous animals and have a powerful bite. All you can do is call your local rescue centre and keep an eye on it, especially if it starts to crawl away. Do not try to pick it up! If it seems stunned, then please approach very carefully with a broom and give a gentle shove with the prickly end of the broom.  This will establish the mobility of the badger and allow us to judge if it needs rescuing.

I hit a badger cub with my car. What can I do?

Even the smallest badger cub can have a powerful bite, so keep clear from the dangerous end! If you can, cover it with a blanket, contain it in some way and stay there until help arrives.

I have seen a badger cub wandering about on its own. Should I help it?

If it is very small, it is possible that the cub may have been orphaned – they do not usually stray far from their sett unless something is wrong. Put down some water and cat food (not a fish variety) if possible – it may be very hungry and desperate for food. If the cub is big enough to have been weaned, there may be nothing to worry about but please watch to see if a parent comes looking for it. In either event, call your local rescue centre who will be able to advise you as to the best course of action.

I have seen a badger cub that has been injured or looks ill. Should I bring it to you?

Unless very small, even cubs can give a very nasty bite if they feel threatened. Only attempt to pick it up if you can wrap it up in a blanket and put it into a strong cat carrier. Extreme caution and thick gloves will be needed! The best course of action is to wait for an expert to come and collect the cub for you. Always call The Wildlife Aid Foundation or another centre for advice first.

I have found a Badger Cub, can I touch it?

No!!  Once your scent is on the cub it will have very little chance of being accepted back into the sett.  Please leave it alone and observe for a couple of hours.  Mum will most likely return for it, she will hear its cries.  However, if the cub is still in the same place after a couple of hours, and no sign of mum, please call us for further advice.

I have found a Badger caught in wire/fencing

Do not attempt to free the badger yourself, they are very dangerous.  Also, do not go too close to the badger as it can cause it to become very stressed and possibly do itself more damage.  Please call us or a local badger group for advice.

Do I have a Badger sett in my garden?

Badgers are diggers, so usually the presence of big holes in flowerbeds/lawns is a sign.  Please call a local badger group (numbers below) who will give you more advice/check the area for you.

There are badgers in my garden and I want to get rid of them

Badgers are protected under law, and cannot be moved.  You can contact your local badger group (numbers below) who will give you more advice, and may assess the situation for you.

I have found a dead badger by the side of the road

Please contact your local council, who will advise you how to dispose of it, as some councils may come and collect.  Otherwise you can put it into an overgrown area, and let nature take its course.

If the badger is found during the period January – April, please check if the teats to see if it is a female and to see if there are any signs that she may have young – heavy, drooping nipples or milk escaping (lactating).  If you see any of these signs there may well be young nearby.  Please contact The Wildlife Aid Foundation, your local wildlife centre or your local badger group.

If the badger is found during the period January – April, please check if the teats to see if it is a female and to see if there are any signs that she may have young – heavy, drooping nipples or milk escaping (lactating).  If you see any of these signs there may well be young nearby.  Please contact The Wildlife Aid Foundation, your local wildlife centre or your local badger group.

Some useful telephone numbers:

West Surrey Badger Group: 07802 575294
East Surrey Badger Protection Society: 07736 520332 / 020 8688 9905.