Urban & Garden Badger Survey for the Sheffield Area – Your Participation is Needed!
Badgers & People in an urban environment: A case study of the Sheffield area
Ben Devine, a researcher at SheffieldHallamUniversitywith Professor Ian Rotherham is currently undertaking an in-depth scientific study into the distribution, behaviour and impacts of Badgers throughout urban Sheffield and the areas around the city. We are also interested in observations from urban areas more widely and especially from gardeners with Badgers in their gardens. Ben also wants to find out about what people think about urban and garden Badgers – about your perceptions of them. We have set up a simple questionnaire and this can be completed on-line, or can be printed off and posted to us. You are all invited to take part!
Badgers are typically associated with rural environments, but over the last 50 years, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of Badgers inhabiting urban environments inBritain. Badgers are highly adaptable mammals and can often successfully forage for food and live in urban areas. Most people seem keen and pleased to see and meet Badgers in the urban area and especially in their gardens. However, this can potentially cause problems too, and bring them into conflict with humans. Badger sett construction and foraging activities may cause significant nuisance and/or damage to domestic property and gardens, and loss of urban green space to development can make this worse. Now we have urban Badgers, we need to plan to live alongside them. Squeezed by developments, Badgers may have to cross busy main roads and the road-kill rates are rising dramatically. We want to know what you think.
With increasing urbanisation and a growing Badger population inBritain, the study is into the nature and extent ofSheffield’s urban Badger population. In addition, the research is into how city residents perceive Badgers living in urban areas. This will help inform future urban Badger conservation and management strategies.
* Please note that all responses regarding Badger sett locations will be kept confidential and that we are also interested in responses from the wider Sheffield area and welcome responses from further afield.
Some key questions:
- Have you seen or experienced Badger activity on your street or garden?
- Have you experienced any physical damage or non-physical nuisance from Badgers around your home?
- Do you feed urban Badgers in your garden?
- What are your opinions of Badgers living in urban areas?