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Wowbagger

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Urban badgers
« on: October 21, 2013, 12:09:36 pm »
We have lots of badgers in Southend and I see them occasionally. I have noticed an expansion of the setts just a couple of hundred yards from our house recently. Visitors from Somerset & Gloucestershire?  :P This morning there were lots of prints in the steep-sloping clay path, which clearly they are struggling to climb in this wet weather.

Do any other town-dwelling forumites know of badger populations in their metropolises?
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Re: Urban badgers
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2013, 04:48:35 pm »
We see badgers crossing the road late at night occasionally (SW Wolverhampton) and mrs graculus saw one recently trotting towards the castle grounds in Bridgnorth, but have not noticed any setts.

Re: Urban badgers
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2013, 07:24:52 pm »
I've seen them in Yeovil (a good half mile inside the urban area) and one of my colleagues feeds them in her back garden, also well within the town limits.
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Re: Urban badgers
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2013, 07:40:47 pm »
Apparently Monsieur Clarkson has problems with them undermining his foundations

https://twitter.com/JeremyClarkson/status/386915049362579456
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Re: Urban badgers
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2013, 08:37:32 pm »
Yup you wouldn't want them close to a building they are very enthusiastic tunnellers. Lovely animals though. See them quite a lot around here (not urban ones though as "here" is rural North Yorkshire).
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Wowbagger

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Re: Urban badgers
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2013, 09:08:33 pm »
Apparently Monsieur Clarkson has problems with them undermining his foundations

https://twitter.com/JeremyClarkson/status/386915049362579456

You could hardly call Chipping Norton "urban" though.

I'm talking about slap bang in the middle of a town with a human population of 200000.

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Re: Urban badgers
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2013, 09:11:27 pm »
I bet they scare the f**k out of the urban foxes. Badgers are hard as nails.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Wowbagger

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Re: Urban badgers
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2013, 09:49:11 pm »
The foxes and badgers seem to live in relative harmony. There are loads of foxes round here as well, but the difference is that you see them lots more frequently.
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Re: Urban badgers
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2013, 09:52:51 pm »
Never see them together round here. Mind you teh foxes are scared of people but the badgers aren't.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Urban badgers
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2013, 11:43:34 pm »
Have they brought goalposts with them, or are they just going to use jumpers?
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Re: Urban badgers
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2013, 06:51:16 am »
Huggy had a badger bounce off his front wheel as he ascended The Mighty North Hill a couple of weeks ago.  Admittedly Little Baddow is not particularly urban.  The animal crossed in front of him and then doubled back hitting Huggy's bike.  I was behind and saw him nearly fall off as he tried to unclip.  Apparently the badger growled at him  ;D