Badgers and Neighbours // Who Put in The Complaint?


Badgers and Neighbours, what an interesting mix.

We have had a problem with Badgers in our back garden for about a year. They either have a set at the back of my garden or they are coming in from the allotments opposite.  Either way they are a massive pain in the bum! They rip through my bin bags every night, leaving my garden looking like a landfill. Even though there is absolutely NO food in there. I recycle my food waste.


Every Thursday without fail (apart from the last 3 weeks) I have been out there, with my industrial gloves on, scooping up the mess and putting it into new black bags, ready for the collection the next day.

We have tried endlessly to try to stop them getting to the bags including putting up barricades to stop them getting in. However, these smart-arse badgers always find a way!

I can honestly say I really, really, REALLY, dislike Badgers.


Now that Cameron is better from his bout of Gastroenteritis, we planned to get out in the garden today (Thursday) to have a big clean up, ready for the collection tomorrow.

I was minding my own business on Tuesday, as you do, cooking the Tea, when my phone rings. It’s the Housing Association.

Apparently one of the neighbours had put in a complaint about the bags in MY garden and before I was issued with Anti Social Behaviour (You’re kidding me) the lady on the phone wanted to give me a chance to sort it out.

I must say the first phone call, didn’t go too well, as I spent a good 15 minutes shouting at her and lecturing her about my rights, and the fact that the Badgers were THEIR responsibility to remove.

After that phone call, I shouted, I cursed, I smoked ALOT. So much for me giving up smoking. And most importantly I calmed down. I rang back the lady who I had spoke too, and apologised.  We then had a very civilised conversation about how she was going to look into helping us solve the problem! Brilliant. After a year, we had finally got somewhere!!! I was actually sobbing down the phone to her about my badger woes and how the neighbours were being totally unfair.

Now this is the thing that really annoys me. I speak to these neighbours, mostly on a daily basis. There has never been any problems! Well apart from B, but that was just because is an elderly lady and likes to think she is the Queen Bee around here. As everybody knows, and she learnt quick, that sort of behaviour doesn’t fly (No Pun Intended) with me. No one is any better than any one else regardless of who they are. So B and I have quite a good relationship now, and I have told her, if she ever has any problems come and tell me.

So which neighbour is it, that has stabbed me in the back, which neighbour was too much of a coward to come to my door?

Well we have 3 candidates, and by hell or high water, I was going to find out who it was. I hate two faced people with a passion. If you have something to say, say it to my face.

I started off with B. I was very polite, very calm and my usual happy cheerful self. B said it wasn’t her. I believed her. I know B well enough to know that if she has something to say, something to moan, about she will say it to me. She did however notice that two people were snooping around my back gate the other day, looking into my garden and pointing. She was going to tell me, but she had felt too unwell. We spoke some more about random things and she wished me luck in finding out who it was. I told her I would let her know.

Next was M. Now I didn’t think it was them, I speak to them a lot. I am always taking parcels in for them, always talking about Cameron and their two children. Everything has always been very friendly. Even if I do find that they think very highly of themselves, because they own their property. So I knocked at their door, very quietly I might add, just in case one of the kids was in bed. See I AM nice.

Female M answered the door. I asked very nicely if it was them who had put in a complaint. She smiled at me and said ‘Yes, sorry we did’


I admit, I did see red, in my mind I was punching her in the face. But I kept my cool.  We spoke, she tried to give me advice, which I dismissed, because basically I am an ADULT and I don’t need people telling me what to do. I reminded her we had of the Badgers and the problems and also boasted that because she went behind my back, the Housing Association are now actually helping me, so in a way she did me a favour. I also reminded her that instead of going behind my back, she is more than welcome to come and talk to me.

So I left it like that, nice, polite and conservative. But in my mind I am raging! And I still am! I hate two faced people, I hate Cowards and I hate people who think they are better than everyone else!

I have never liked these neighbours. They have always made me feel inferior to them, especially the woman.

We are now left in an awkward position. Part of me wants to smile sweetly and say hello when we bump into each other. Part of me thinks, sod it, why should I go out of my way to be nice? They are the problem not me! Especially seen as they must of been the ones snooping around the back gate to my garden, they wouldn’t of been able to see the rubbish from their garden, cause of their fence and also the fact there is a 5ft Drop between mine and there garden plus 3ft of fence. So unless they are over 8ft tall. They have been snooping! Which actually when you think about it, makes it worse!

I did ring the Housing officer back and explained that I had found out who it was, it was unusual behaviour, I pointed out that they had been snooping and she said she will log it all down and monitor the situation.

So today we have sorted the garden out, because we wanted too, not because some snotty neighbours have put in a complaint. An hour and half and 20+ black bin liners (Including the ones from our clear out the other day) are now sat outside waiting to be collected tomorrow.

I wonder if they will complain about that and I wonder if the Badgers will rip open those bags too?




Badger Photo by Hans Veth on Unsplash 

Badger Photo by Andy Ballard

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    • admin May 14, 2013 / 7:54 am

      I seem to have terrible neighbours wherever I go. When I was little it was a woman running down the road with a carving knife, when I was in my teens it was a drunk next door beating up his wife every night. We had to get an injunction on him cause he threatened my family with a knife. He is currently in prison for raping an elderly lady. And now this….

      Such is life x x x

  1. Rachael Jess May 10, 2013 / 8:43 am


    My neighbour across the road takes in all my parcels. I would never EVER report them for anything. I'd go and have a little word to find out if they had an issue with something, people are too quick to judge! If she'd just spoken with you she'd have known you had a badger problem!! What does she think you are just some dirty mother who likes to throw rubbish out the window? – it's quite clear there is an animal in the garden!

    Stuff taking her parcels in again love!!

    • admin May 14, 2013 / 7:56 am

      I am most definitely not doing them any more favours. lol! x x x

  2. Mummy Barrow May 10, 2013 / 12:24 pm

    I would complain that you are being harrassed and not permitted to live in your property with quiet enjoyment. Both covered by the the Landlord and Tenant Act.

    Or knock on her door and give her a bumper crossword puzzle book "well you clearly need something to do as you have WAY too much free time on your hands"

    • Judith Kingston May 11, 2013 / 7:26 pm

      Definitely go with the crossword, that is an excellent idea. Or perhaps Sudoku, that might keep them busy for longer.

    • admin May 14, 2013 / 7:58 am

      Already one step ahead on the harassment 🙂 It has all been noted down for future reference.

      I have been tempted to go and give them puzzle books, and as much fun as that would have been, I bet it would only fuel the fire. lol!

      I think the thing that gets me the most is they went out of there way to look in my garden, they cant see it from there garden cause of the big fence they have up.

      x x x

    • admin May 14, 2013 / 7:58 am

      It was a fab one lol x x x

  3. Jess May 10, 2013 / 3:33 pm

    Some people eh!Why oh why are they so mean and small minded!Hope it all resolves for you soon x

    • admin May 14, 2013 / 7:59 am

      Fingers crossed there will be no more hassle now. Thank you hun x x x

  4. Melksham Mum May 10, 2013 / 4:43 pm

    Aw those pesky badgers. Don't they realise the trouble they're causing?! Hope you get it sorted soonx

    • admin May 14, 2013 / 8:00 am

      Apparently not lol! Heard them out in the garden last night. I don't have any bags out there so I suspect they will be digging up my garden next! x x x

  5. The Mad House of Cats and Babies May 10, 2013 / 5:43 pm

    I LOATHE badgers, and we have had endless issues with them, so I am sympathetic, and I am sorry your neighbours were so awful and went behind your back. Sometimes people actually just need a slap, to be honest. You were far nicer about it, than I would have been. I hope that is the end of it, and you are able to be ok around her. GRRRR!!

    • admin May 14, 2013 / 8:02 am

      I don't understand why they are a protected species…. I don't agree with going out and killing them for fun, but if they become a nuisance then people should be able to do something about them.

      I spoke to them the other day, well the husband, and told him exactly how they had made me feel and told him to stop being a coward and come to my door next time. Felt better after that. x x x

  6. keren May 11, 2013 / 8:01 am

    Wow. That's incredible. Incredibly bad and incredibly stressful. Did they really think it was you and not the badgers? Neighbours are a mixed blessing- can b amazing and can be nailscratchingdownachalkboardingly frustrating. Hope you get some decent help sorting out those badgers & good for you being so restrained and calm with the neighbours. Thanks to for being so lovely on my blog!

    • admin May 14, 2013 / 8:03 am

      I'm not sure if they thought it was me, they know I have a problem with the badgers. Either way, they were still in the wrong.

      I was tempted to go in all guns blazing, but sometimes that just makes things worse, better to play the nice neighbour than the one in the wrong

      x x x

  7. Tori Wel May 11, 2013 / 5:13 pm

    I can't stand two faced people – one of the worst things to be! At least when I had a row with my neighbour the other week, it was face to face! Although, as you say it seems like she did you a favour! So she didn't win ;). Thanks for linking to PoCoLo xx

    • admin May 14, 2013 / 8:04 am

      Thank you for hosting another fab #PoCoLo hun!

      Me neither… I like to know where I stand with people. x x x

  8. Judith Kingston May 11, 2013 / 7:27 pm

    Apparently the people who lived in our house before us were Those People, who would always call in the police on the neighbours, complain to the council, dob people in if they were parked on the grass etc. When we moved in we were hailed as heroes, we had no idea why!

    • admin May 14, 2013 / 8:06 am

      This is what annoys me, there was no food in those bags cause I recycle it, so wouldn't have attracted rats or any other annoying critters. and they couldn't see it from their garden! I feel like I am being monitored now which is not fun! I could understand if we had lots of house party's, drunk alcohol and lots of loud music, but we dont. We don't even flush the toilet after Cam has gone to bed, as we dont want to wake him up lol!

      x xx

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