Thanks all for your advice. This is the first time in several years that this has happened so, hopefully, the badger was indeed passing through. I take your point about badgers, this is just nature ‘in action’ so the best I can hope to do is to improve the survival odds for the hedgehogs. I have moved the feeding box into a dense area of hedging, jammed it in under the branches, pinned it down with steel stakes and topped the roof with a concrete slab. It is not a standard box but very thick black polythene and could easily take my weight standing on it for example. I take your point about the strength of badgers (that was obvious from my camera footage) but I’m fairly confident that it would resist any attack. I already have 2 hedgehog nest boxes hidden away in the garden so I’m assuming that the hedgehogs are likely to remain in or around the garden foraging along the base of the hedge. On that basis I took the view that at least this will provide a safe refuge. I have also set up a camera to monitor the new area and am reviewing this every day. So far it has captured no activity so maybe the hedgehogs have decided to re-locate which would be a shame but I’d prefer they were safe. I hope that I am doing the right things but I am now on alert and also, hopefully, the badger has moved on.
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