Helping Berkshire's badgers

Whilst some of our work has more long-term benefits, such as raising awareness, there are many ways in which we can help badgers on an immediate or short-term basis:

Report wildlife crime

  • We report crimes to the police and Badger Trust;

  • We challenge developers and property owners on inappropriate actions and seek to educate them on badgers and the law;

  • We liaise with Councils and others to ensure that construction work is carried out legally.

Monitor planning applications

  • We regularly review the Councils’ planning websites, raising objections as appropriate;

  • We liaise with Ecology Officers at some of Berkshire’s Councils and provide input on Local Development Plans;

  • We support the work of other local environmental groups looking to enhance open areas for wildlife, including badgers.

Rescues

  • We seek to rescue injured badgers;

  • We move dead badgers out of sight, if possible;

  • We collate records of RTAs, using data to lobby Councils for mitigation measures;

  • Where a lactating sow is reported, we visit the area as soon as possible to seek the home sett and identify whether there are orphaned cubs.

Climate change

  • We operate a Sett Guardian scheme at BBG who keep an eye on their nominated setts year-round and put out water and/or suitable food during difficult spells.

  • Also, in times of extreme weather, be it cold or drought, we ask all members local to setts to undertake supplementary feeding or the provision of water. 

Bix - a cub rescued by the Group.  Having fed & played, he dropped off to sleep, giving us the chance to pop him in the scales!