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Advice & Guidance

Below is advice on reporting, planning and finding badgers in your garden. You can find more detailed info and guides in our resources as downloadable PDFs.

How to report an injured badger

If you find an injured badger you should seek help as quickly as possible. Please do not try to touch the badger.

You can contact the RSPCA on their national number 0300 1234999.

You can contact us, the Warwickshire Badger Group, directly via our contact us page.

Alternatively please contact the following:

Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary: 07909 555310 or 02476 345243
Vale Wildlife Hospital: 01386 882288
Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital: 07951 285366

How to report a wildlife crime

Please report any incidents or suspicions to your local police station by calling 999 if the incident is still taking place and ask for someone to attend urgently. Ask also for the Police Wildlife Officer to be informed if they have one. Or you can call CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

All other, (less urgent), reports should be made by calling 101.

 

How to report a road kill

If you see a dead badger, we would like to know, for it may alert us to a nearby sett which may, or may not, be on our records. Give as much detail as possible of the location of the carcase. We keep records and if several badgers are found in the same spot we may wish to undertake some investigation.

If you come across a dead badger between mid – January and mid – May and it is clearly a freshly killed lactating sow, there could be orphaned cubs nearby. So please ring any of our contact numbers on the Index page urgently. If one of our volunteers is available we may be able to search the areas close by to see if there are cubs in trouble and in need of rescue.

Click the button below to report to us.

How to record a badger sett and activity

We try to record as much badger activity in the county as we can and rely on our members, supporters and the general public to send us information. This practical guidance along with an accompanying form will provide you with all the information you need to report sett and badger activity. This will help us to keep our sett records up to date and provide us with valuable data needed to help protect them.

 

Planning

The Protection of Badgers Act 1992 makes it illegal for badgers to be persecuted or their setts harmed, but it does allow for licensing provision, whereby badger setts can be interfered with, restricted or removed according to strict rules. By way of example, suppose a developer discovers a badger sett in the middle of a proposed development site. He may well ultimately be successful in getting a badger licence to move the badger sett to the edge of the development area; which may then allow the planning officer the scope to permit the modified development to proceed. This process of licensing and modification may be something of a pain for a developer, but it is not likely to prevent the development going ahead if he can show that he can guarantee the welfare of the badgers throughout. 

Badgers in your Garden

Many people are delighted and welcome badgers when they choose to visit their garden. Occasionally, though, they damage gardens, particularly lawns and plants, to the disappointment and annoyance of the  gardener. Badgers are strong animals and can damage fences and other boundaries in their determination to enter gardens.

Badgers and their homes (setts) are protected by law, but lawful actions can usually be taken to resolve, or at least minimise problems, without harm to badgers or other animals.

You can find more information in our download on badgers in your garden. Click the button below to go to our Downloads page.