Protecting Britain’s Little Bear
Warwickshire Badger Group was formed in 1989 by a small group of people who were becoming increasingly concerned that an icon of our countryside, the badger, was suffering persistent persecution, which sadly continues today.
In our early days we wanted to counter the vile practice of badger baiting. Although this is still going on today, an even greater threat now is the legalised persecution which the Government chooses to call “culling”.
Some of our founder members are still actively involved, more than 30 years since the Group was founded. Remarkably they include several current committee members who continue to be as passionate about badger protection as they were way back in 1990.
A list of our committee members can be found below. We all have our different roles and responsibilities, which you will see, but we are all open to having a conversation with anyone interested in badgers and their conservation.
What we do
Our Purpose and Mission
Warwickshire Badger Group is a group of volunteers and supporters committed to the protection and conservation of badgers through education, monitoring and surveying badger activity, campaigning and lobbying, rescuing and releasing injured badgers, and vaccinations.
Rescue, Rehabilitation & Release
Badgers are constantly under threat from human activity, whether its from road traffic collisions or getting themselves into trouble on buildings sites or even in people’s gardens.
Where possible, we rescue injured badgers and take them to one of the rehabilitation centres we have close links with. If the badgers recover, they can then be released near to where they were found so they can make their way back to their sett. To report injured badgers click the button below.
Every year, in late spring, there is an increase in orphaned or sometimes abandoned cubs, often as a result of the mothers being killed in road traffic collisions as they forage for food. If it is clear that cubs have been orphaned or abandoned, they are taken to a wildlife rehabilitation centre where they are raised until they are old enough to fend for themselves.
Once or twice a year, usually in the early autumn, we carry out badger releases. The badgers are tested for bTB before being taken to a suitable site for releasing back into the wild, usually with other badgers so they can form a new clan. Release sites are carefully chosen in order to give the badgers the best opportunity for survival.
Education & Training
Education is one of our main targeted activities. We work closely with schools, wildlife organisations, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Compton Verney Museum and Art Gallery and the National Trust. We provide workshops for children and adults alike together with resources to help with learning and education.
If you are a teacher and would like us to come in and talk about badgers and wildlife with your pupils, then please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Sett Surveying & Monitoring
This is one of the main areas of our work. We have sett records dating back 30 to 50 years and it’s important to keep the records as up to date as we possibly can.
We need volunteers across the whole of Warwickshire to help monitor their local areas for badger activity and setts and to note how active any setts are. There is a form available in Resources (click button below) which you can complete if you are aware of setts in your area.
As well as being fun and rewarding, regularly monitoring setts also has another purpose. It helps to protect them and the badgers occupying them as badgers are still suffering from both legal and illegal persecution.
Do keep us updated on what’s happening and help us to keep our records up to date.
We have been carrying out badger vaccinations since 2013 in a number of locations throughout Warwickshire. This work has largely been done by Steve Hawkes who is a qualified and trained vaccinator.
The aim of vaccinating badgers is to help to protect them from bTB. There is still not enough biosecurity in and around farms with cattle and the disease is spilling out into the countryside and affects a number of species, not just badgers.
Carrying out vaccinations requires a lot of hard work over a period of weeks between May and November. The site needs to be surveyed, monitored and prepared. Cage traps need to be carefully positioned and pre-baiting over two weeks to get badgers in the vicinity used to them. It requires a lot of evening preparation and dawn starts to monitor activity. Finally, the badgers will be captured for vaccinating, and marked to show they’ve been vaccinated before being released.
Vice Chair and Public Liason
Public Liaison and injured badger contact
(01926) 843122, 07910726716
Specialist advisor- Wildlife Crime
Education and Minute Secretary
Injured Badger Contact, accredited licensed vaccinator, County recorder of setts and road casualties, orphaned cub rehab/release organiser, and Public liaison.
Sett Piece Editor, Media Relations
Chairperson, Public liaison, education manager and social media manager