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Badgers are largely nocturnal, normally shy, retiring animals that live in social groups. They use their sense of smell to forage for food, living predominantly on worms and other protein packed creatures of the soil. However in September, when the corns are ripening on their cobs, the badgers seem to deviate from their usual meal habits in favour of an attack on our sweetcorn.

Until last year this seemed to be a phenomenon at Riverford, our sister farm in Devon, only. Over the years the badgers of the south west have developed a bit of a taste for the succulent cobs. They can get so involved in their orgy of consumption that they completely forget that they should be shy and retiring