The aim of the North East Essex Badger Group is to promote the well-being of all badgers in this part of the county, and protect them from persecution or criminal acts
We do this by regularly monitoring all known badger setts in the area, by responding to calls to the Hotline and upholding the legislation of the Protection of Badgers Act 1992.
WE WILL BE TAKING OUR STALL TO VARIOUS EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, PROMOTING OUR GROUP AND THE PLIGHT OF BADGERS BOTH LOCALLY AND NATIONALLY.
THESE EVENTS ALSO HELP TO RAISE MUCH NEEDED FUNDS AND BOOST MEMBERSHIP. COME AND MEET US AT THESE PLACES!!
News From The Cull Zone
By now you will all know that the killing has started in 10 areas of the West Country with around 11,000 badgers due to be either cage trapped and shot or shot free running. So dreadfully sad and so wrong too!
All of those badgers will be dying for nothing. Btb in herds in the cull areas of Somerset and Gloucestershire has actually increased! So frustrating that the science and facts are ignored to appease the NFU.
I thought you may be interested to read one of our Albi's blogs from Facebook - he is down in the Somerset cull zone and will be staying for the entire 6 weeks, as he has for the previous 3 years.
He has driven over 800 miles in just the first week or so! Such a huge commitment:
Another long stint yesterday getting to bed around 6 this morning. Following on from a couple of nights of shooting (mostly diversionary tactics we believe although they did have limited success but we had more;-)) it was quieter on their side but we continue every day and night and we succeed day and night.
I've seen so many foxes this last week which is lovely but can't help wondering if it's as a result of the diminished Badger population. I did see a Badger last night on my way home which was such a fabulous lift to the soul :-)
Anyhow, still here, haven't been shot yet so onward n upward. "
Good work is going on in all zones! Just yesterday 4 badgers, including a cub, were liberated from cage traps in Devon - all were believed to be from the same sett.
I will be going down to Somerset at the weekend (back on Weds)with a few members to link up with Albi to try to do our bit for the badgers - we will be looking for bait points (where they tempt the badgers with peanuts in order to get them in a position to shoot) and cage traps as well as doing some sett surveying and night-time sett watching.
The above is a link to a government e-petition started by TV's Simon King which will run until February 2017. It already has c. 36,000 signatures and when it reaches 100,000 there will have to be a parliamentary debate. Please circulate it to as many others as possible and ask them to do the same as soon as possible.
Badger Trust promotes the conservation and welfare of badgers and the protection of their setts and habitats for the public benefit. They are the leading voice for badgers and represent and support around 60 local voluntary badger groups.
Badger Trust calls for halt to badger culls following Brexit vote
July 5, 2016
The Badger Trust is calling for an immediate halt to further badger culling following last week’s referendum vote to leave the EU.
DEFRA is now facing a massive task in dealing with the aftermath of Brexit as it confronts the reality of disconnecting a hugely complex UK farming and food production system that is so closely woven into the fabric of the European Union. Read more....
The extension of the badger cull is horribly cruel and wont help farmers..Brian May
Tuesday was a sad day for our wild animals. The BBC reported that the badger cull will be extended into five new areas, although the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) would not confirm that the selections had been made. Read more....