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Many allotment owners and gardeners have had that sinking feeling when they find their sweetcorn has been devoured or garden wrecked by a family of badgers. Yes, they’re one of our most iconic and beautiful wild animals in Britain but they can also be a nuisance.
Even so, badgers are strongly protected in Britain by the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 (as amended for Scotland) which severely limits the actions you can take to stop badgers. There’s a good page explaining this badger law on the RSPCA web site
As well as being as destructive (and as cute) as gaggle of toddlers, badgers are very strong creatures who can easily dig under or smash through most barrier fences we can easily build to keep badgers off our plot.
Legally Stopping Badgers from Damaging Your Plot
This badger stopping tip cannot be construed as cruelty or illegal – although you might find it a little distasteful.
Urine has been a very useful by product for hundreds of years. It was an essential ingredient in dyeing cloth. The finishing of Harris Tweed, tanning leather and one of the most important, the making of Gun Powder. Up until the first world war it was used to whiten shirts and sheets in the laundry process and almost every compost heap had more than its fair share.
However are there still uses for this liquid to day. Yes there are!
If you have a badger problem ask all your men folk (sorry ladies but it has to be the men this time) to sprinkle around your boundary. Male urine carries odours that animals interpret as territorial dominance and willingness to do battle.
Repeat this every 4 weeks and your problem will go away. Badgers will not cross the line ever again.
Do be very careful when and where you dangle your dingle. In public areas it can result in a very embarrassing court appearance! Filling a sprayer and using this to distribute your chemical message to the badger is just as effective and far safer legally.
Thanks to Henry for this tip on discouraging badgers