Garden tips for living alongside badgers

How creating safe spaces for the UK’s iconic native mammal helps to keep the species and our ecosystems healthy.

Badgers are iconic mammals, and we are lucky to have them around in this country. They are amazing creatures but, being nocturnal, there is less known about them than some other animals.

Badgers and their setts are protected, and disturbing them is illegal. Living alongside these native mammals, it's worth bearing in mind that badgers are wild animals with a strong connection to their territories and special areas. Badgers are a central part of the ecosystem and have a key role in seed dispersal through their dung. Like many animals that eat fruit, their faeces help plant the seeds further from the host plant and provide nutrients for the seed to grow.

Did you know... Badgers play an important role in spreading plant populations via seeds in their dung

If you can, creating safe areas for displaced wildlife helps to keep the species and their ecosystems healthy. So if you have a sett in your garden, the easiest thing to do is be patient and enjoy watching these key ecosystem engineers at work.

Badger Trust, the leading voice for badgers in England and Wales, always encourages creating more space for wildlife and healthy ecosystems. So if you have badgers in your garden, consider yourself lucky to have such iconic wildlife; it’s a sign of a healthy ecosystem. Perhaps put up a wildlife camera so that you can watch badgers doing their natural behaviour and foraging for food; it can be fascinating.

Did you know badgers fulfil important roles as ecosystem engineers

Many people enjoy having badgers visit their garden. But as wild animals who don’t recognise things like ‘gardens’ or understand fences or boundaries, they can present challenges to homeowners.