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    I regularly get hedgehogs in my garden and they quite often stay in our purpose built hedgehog run, complete with hog house and access via a plastic drainpipe to deter the cats getting in. I have a camera ‘Hedgecam’ we call it.
    We have captured a visiting Fox who has a quick sniff and leaves plus next doors cats, who do the same and the odd field mouse who can get in to grab a bit of their food and run, but last night for the first time we saw a Badger, which was thrilling until I realised that they eat hedgehogs. Now I am a bit worried about their safety.


    I’ve had similar sightings in my garden and am currently trying to dissuade a fox from visiting. They may seem to get along with adult hogs but there is plenty of evidence that they can cause problems, particularly for hoglets. I had a badger visit a couple of years ago and, apart from leaving big poo filled holes they caused damage to the fence by tunnelling and they are bad news for hogs. I think you need to find out where it’s getting in and try and block this off. I used heavy slabs, old kitchen work surfaces and anything else that I could find . He eventually lost interest and went off to easier pickings. I make sure as well that hog food and water is secured under cover. Good luck!


    Thank you. I make sure that all food and water is safely inside the pen. As for securing the borders that’s not so easy as I live in open countryside with a large garden which would be enormously expensive to fence off completely. In all the time I’ve had Hedgecam though that is the only time I’ve seen a badger. I must just hope that it was a one off.

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