BBG normally run 2 open meetings a year, one in April (with an AGM) and one in October, at which members and non-members alike are welcome. Clearly this hasn't been possible during the Covid pandemic but thank you to those who attended our online AGM in May. It was very good to talk to many of you.
The meetings include an update on Group activities, an illustrated talk and, of course, a raffle and a chance to buy some badgery goodies. Plus, they are a great opportunity for badger friends from across the county to catch up! We have been known to eat biscuits and even this exceptional cake made by one of our talented members!
Depending on Government restrictions, we hope to run a public meeting in October.
Our last speaker was due to be Cathy McEwan, talking to us about 'Barn Owls and More'. A fascinating topic - we hope to re-schedule for a future meeting to hear about these 'ghosts of the night'.
As always for Binfield Badger Group meetings, there is no admission charge and meetings are open to non-members. Doors open at 7:00pm and the meeting will start at 7:30pm. Meetings are held at the Farley Wood Centre, Turnpike Road, Binfield, RG42 1FW.
Farley Wood Centre
Our recent badgery meetings have included a range of excellent speakers.
Our very own John Fennell kept the whole room enthralled, talking all things badgery. Decades of observations at the Binfield sett have given him an expert understanding of badger lives and ecology which he generously shared with us, all brought to life with wonderful photos and videos.
We all found a presentation by Duncan Fisher, Ecology Officer at Wokingham Borough Council, most useful. Following the recent publication of the WBC Local Plan Update, he explained his challenging role in dealing with the main issues for wildlife in potential development areas.
We’ve also had the pleasure of an illustrated talk by Brian Clews on Britain's mammals and the effects of increased development, a subject close to many of our hearts with so much Berkshire countryside disappearing under bricks and mortar!
Nigel Palmer of Dr Brian May's wildlife charity Save Me gave a fascinating talk about Save Me's wide ranging work, including an overview of bTB eradication trials on a Devon cattle farm showing that bTB can be cleared without the need for killing any badgers.