Holey War

Holey WarThe long awaited summer weather has brought one or two unwanted nocturnal visitors. As you can see from the photo on the left, something has been digging shallow holes in our lawn.

They started to appear down one side of the garden a few days ago and are either being excavated at night or during the couple of hours of sunlight before we get up.

We’re pretty sure that the culprit is a badger or a family of them since we’ve known that they use the bottom of our garden as part of their regular run for some years.

But in the past that is all they have done. Apart from bashing holes in our neighbour’s fence they haven’t caused us much bother until now with their lawn digging.

According to various websites this is something they do when the weather turns warmer and they look for juicy earthworms to slake their thirst as well as their appetite.

Which leaves us wondering what to do about it. We’re not in a badger culling area and so are bound by the 1992 Protection of Badgers Act and it is an offence to:

  • wilfully kill, injure, take or attempt to kill, injure or take a badger;
  • possess a dead badger or any part of a badger;
  • cruelly ill-treat a badger;
  • use badger tongs in the course of killing, taking or attempting to kill a badger;
  • dig for a badger;
  • sell or offer for sale or control any live badger;
  • mark, tag or ring a badger;
  • interfere with a badger sett by:
  • damaging a sett or any part thereof.

Not that I would want to do any of these things, particularly possessing a bit of dead badger, which leaves us in a quandary.

Tree SparrowWhile we think it over, there are other more welcome visitors to our garden in the shape of the bird life.

I treated myself to a wireless remote shutter release for my camera this week and have been experimenting with my lens trained on our bird feeders.

The only bird I’ve managed to capture on digital media so far is the common or garden tree sparrow as you can see from the photo on the right.

Meanwhile if anyone has any suggestions about how to deal with our badgers humanely (and legally) then I’d appreciate it.

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4 comments… Add yours
  • Brock Pudding 7th June 2013

    Yes I have got an idea about how to deal with your badgers. Surrender your house and let the badgers roam free – living merrily in Parrots Mansion, searching for worms without fear of reprisal. Mrs Parrot and yourself could surely get a council flat in Stockport – research this site:- http://www.stockporthomes.org/main.cfm
    After all, you should remember that the badgers were here before cities, before suburbia, before roads and gardens. England is their country too! Solidarity with Oppressed Badgers! Fight for the right to badger!

    • Mr Parrot 8th June 2013

      Badgering is certainly what you do best Mr Pud!

      • Brock Pudding 8th June 2013

        I am distantly related to Len Badger, the former Sheffield United fullback and England nearly man. He badgered wingers like a badger…. Do you fancy a two bedroom flat in a high rise or a maisonette?

  • Roger Green 8th June 2013

    We seem to have skunks under our front porch periodically. Don’t mind unless they stink up the place.


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