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NiniLegsInTheAir Tue 05-Jun-12 00:05:21

Our neighbours (a mid 30s couple, no kids, no pets) have just had their 100ft garden 'landscaped'. Since they moved in 2 years ago they've left what was a gorgeous little space to ruin as they don't like gardening, and now they've had it redone to be as little maintenance as possible.

But as they've had their garden done, they've realised that all our gardens are frequently visited by badgers (and currently a family of foxes). It's a big deal having the animals as we're actually on the outskirts of a town centre so wouldn't expect to have such an abundance of wildlife. It doesn't bother me massively that the badgers sometimes dig holes in our lawn but our neighbours have taken massive offence to the possibility of badgers digging in their pristine lawn so have started trying all sorts to stop them gaining access.

They tried blocking holes - the badgers dug bigger ones in different places. They tried filling the holes with stones, they got moved.

Anyway - went out in the garden tonight to find they've put FUCKING ELECTRIC FENCING ALONG OUR BOUNDARY against the hedging that separates us. To say I'm livid is an understatement. I have a cat, as do many other neighbours, and a small DD who could easily gain access. They DIDNT EVEN TELL US THEY'D PUT THE ELECTRIC FENCING UP and I can't even ask as they've done it and gone abroad for 2 weeks!!!! FFS - if you don't want wildlife BUY A FUCKING FLAT!!!!!!!!! angry angry angry

Seriously, is it me overreacting or is this a massive overreaction on their part to a small problem?

QuintessentialShadows Tue 05-Jun-12 00:07:10

Is it even legal?

Lovetats Tue 05-Jun-12 00:07:14

I'd be livid! Is this even legal?

FiftyShadesofViper Tue 05-Jun-12 00:10:28

Pop a letter through the door to welcome them home expressing your concern and pointing out that any harm to your pet or young child will result in legal action. Either that or find a sneaky way to short it out!

Are you allowed to electrocute badgers? Aren't they a protected species?

Whatmeworry Tue 05-Jun-12 00:10:31

Short it, that'll make them happy smile

lunamoon Tue 05-Jun-12 00:11:25

Ring the council and report it. Failing that ring the police?
I thought it was illegal too and I am fully with you over buy a flat if you cannot cope with wildlife.

NiniLegsInTheAir Tue 05-Jun-12 00:12:23

I really don't know, as far as I can see the fencing is three wires in total about 10 inches high. We don't really get along with them anyway, they're so up themselves not very friendly.

Pickgo Tue 05-Jun-12 00:13:24

Yes it is legal afaik - you can do it for livestock in your garden eg chickens.

It won't hurt the cat - cats are too clever to touch an electric fence.

If it's the their side of the hedge surely your DD won't touch it either? Even if she did it would give her anasty jolt but not life threatening.

Not very neighbourly tho is it? grin

Tiddlyompompom Tue 05-Jun-12 00:13:34

I seriously doubt that is legal - get the council involved ASAP. Huge safety issue, who the heck installed it?
Bizarre overkill on their part, and completely inappropriate in a residential area.

WorraLiberty Tue 05-Jun-12 00:14:13

Google the law on electric fencing in urban areas?

QuintessentialShadows Tue 05-Jun-12 00:14:19

Call your local planning department at the council and ask. It may require planning permission, if it is even legal.

chunkythighs Tue 05-Jun-12 00:15:33

What I would never suggest is that you wait untill you know they are in the garden and 'decide' loudly to trim the hedges.....AAAARRRRGGGGG!!!!!! (The sound of a body hitting the ground), <moan silently>.

Honestly, don't do it- but if you do-any chance you could hook me up with a youtube link of the neighbours reaction. hmm

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 05-Jun-12 00:15:59

i would take advice on this - phone the council and ask where you stand on this - i am going to stick my neck out and assume its going to be a civil matter but that does not mean you cannot do anything.

the council would be my first step.

LadySybildeChocolate Tue 05-Jun-12 00:16:14

You need to check with your local council. It shouldn't be a high voltage, so shouldn't be strong enough to electrocute wild animals, just give them a little buzz.

NiniLegsInTheAir Tue 05-Jun-12 00:19:23

lol at chunky grin. How on earth would you short circuit it anyway?

From what I'm reading it sounds legal, but no not neighbourly and tempted to ring the council anyway. I doubt DD would go crawling under the hedge but the 'zip zip' noise is annoying.

GrahamTribe Tue 05-Jun-12 00:19:46

If the badger holes are setts it's definitely illegal to interfere with them. Anyone causing harm or injury to a badger is breaking the law.

NiniLegsInTheAir Tue 05-Jun-12 00:21:38

No they're not setts, graham, the sett is elsewhere, the badgers dig holes under the fences to access the gardens for food.

GrahamTribe Tue 05-Jun-12 00:22:31

NB AFAIK the only law re electric fences is if the general public come into contact with it (or might) - if it's on their own property I think it's generally permitted but some councils may have their own regs on it so do check.

GitAwfMayLend Tue 05-Jun-12 00:23:38

It doesn't sound very neighbourly does it?

I wouldn't worry about your cat though, it won't kill it.

ThePathanKhansWitch Tue 05-Jun-12 00:24:16

I'm just shock. They could have let you know. Sound like anti-social bastards.

FlippinCheekOfIt Tue 05-Jun-12 01:09:49

My engineering nerd husband says whatever you do, don't go to Maplins and get yourself a roll of copper wire and don't stick a bit into the ground hidden in your hedge. And whatever you do, don't allow that bit of wire, which you haven't bought or stuck in the ground, to accidentally lean against their fence wire where it can't be seen. Because if you did these things the electricity would be grounded and the fence, while still humming and appearing to work, would in fact be useless/harmless.

QuintessentialShadows Tue 05-Jun-12 01:12:21


EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Tue 05-Jun-12 01:30:30

You won't want to click on this link either then. No.

Angelico Tue 05-Jun-12 01:43:02


ThePathanKhansWitch Tue 05-Jun-12 01:44:14

Evil genius! grin

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