Badgers and dehydration

Last Updated on 29 May 2020 by Badger

Badgers and dehydration


Warm and dry weather is brilliant for us, but can be a death sentence for wildlife.  It’s particularly hard on the youngest and we suspect badger cubs have already died.


Should you see a badger out during the day or acting in an unnatural manner, please contact your local badger group or badger protector group.  It’s possible the badger could be dehydrated and in need of urgent veterinary attention.  If it’s another wild animal, contact your local wildlife rescue group.  Should you have problems with that, your local badger or badger protector group might be able to point you in the right direction.

If wild animals are visiting your garden or there are setts close to you, please leave out water, or better still an easily made rehydration solution.

Just be careful not to use containers deep enough to present a drowning risk to smaller animals such as hedgehogs.

To make a rehydration solution, dissolve one teaspoon of salt and one tablespoon of sugar in a litre of warm water and leave to cool.

This simple action may mean the difference between life and death for vulnerable wildlife.