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Group history

In 1985, a major developer bought an area of land in Binfield for housing.  Part of their plans involved routing a road across an ancient sett. A number of residents joined together to lobby the local council to protect their resident badgers.  This was the foundation of the Binfield Badger Group. 

The turning point in the group's efforts came when a photograph was published showing the builders pouring diesel directly into sett entrances (which is now illegal) in an attempt to "move the badgers on". 

Evil men pouring diesel into badger sett

Following public outcry, and with the support of Bracknell Forest Borough Council, a small area of woodland was fenced off to protect the surviving badgers, and the new houses and estate road were re-routed. 

The Binfield Badger Group then proceeded to repair the extensive damage caused by the bulldozers, to create a small pond as a water supply and construct a hide from which we are now able to study badgers further and give visitors the opportunity to experience at first hand these wonderful animals. 

the hide at binfield badgers for watching badgers
the pond at binfield badgers site

Since these early days, we've expanded our activities significantly, such that we now protect badgers not only in Binfield but throughout the whole of Berkshire.  But we remember our roots and hence the Group remains the 'Binfield Badger Group'. 

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