Badgers are omnivores and opportunist enjoying a varied diet. They particularly relish big juicy earthworms and grubs but will supplement these with many wild foods as they become available. Badgers live in setts often within urban areas and its not uncommon to find badgers visiting gardens in the hours of darkness. A well-trimmed lawn makes a happy hunting ground for food.
During periods when the ground is hard, due to dry summer months or frozen ground in the winter, it can be hard for badgers to find enough to eat. During these times it is particularly helpful to supplement the badger’s diet with a good food source, with balanced nutrition such as Ark Badger food. This will see them through the tougher times and ensure they remain healthy throughout the year.
Badgers have a sweet tooth but being wild animals processed and sweet things are not good for them as good dental hygiene is essential. They also have a taste for peanuts which are much better for them, giving a good level of protein in their diet. You can feed badgers peanuts or Ark Badger Food throughout the year and their natural foraging nature means simply scattering them in the lawn (watch out they might start digging!) or patio will keep them in view longer if you enjoy watching them.
When feeding badgers, always make sure there is plenty of fresh, clean water available as the supplementary food you supply will be much lower in moisture than the worms they would otherwise be consuming. You may also like to put out some fresh or dried fruit in small amounts as treats.
Please remember: Badgers are wild animals with powerful claws and jaws. Never approach a wild badger, no matter how tempting it may be.