The Bedfordshire Badger Network
The aims of this group are:
To monitor all known setts to provide up to date information on badger distribution and activity
To check for illegal interference with badger setts
To provide information to help protect badgers from building, roads and other development
To provide advice to landowners and managers about badger matters
To provide rapid reaction to badger incidents
Many setts are close to urban areas and the expansion of industry and housing poses a special threat. Road casualties are unfortunately a frequent occurrence and new road schemes can have a disastrous effect on some populations. The Badger Network aims to lessen the impact of these developments.
Disruption to badgers’ territory or pathways by housing development, road construction or fencing.
Interference with badger setts by digging
The blocking of badger setts
Badger baiting, which is cruel and illegal
Deliberate attempts to kill badgers, for example, by snaring or poisoning
If you see or know of any problem involving badgers or their setts, please contact the Wildlife Crime Officer and the Network.
Out of hours, contact the 24 hour RSPCA hotline.
If out of office hours you think the law is being broken, then please contact a main police station and ask for the Wildlife Liaison Officer for your area.
If there is an immediate threat, do not approach or challenge. Make careful notes of exactly what happens, car registration numbers (also make, model and colour) if possible, personal descriptions etc. of people involved and wait for the police to arrive.
Please contact us if you see a dead badger and give clear instructions as to exactly where it is. This information helps to locate unknown setts and builds up data on the number of badger deaths on roads.
Bedfordshire Badger Network
via BNHS Mammal Recorder: Richard Lawrence
Bedfordshire Wildlife Rescue
Wildlife Crime Officer
Badgers by Michael Clark, Whittet Books, 1994
The Natural History of Badgers by Ernest Neal, Christopher Helm, 1986
Social Badger: Ecology and Behaviour by Hans Kruuk, Oxford, 1989
Badgers by Ernest Neal and Chris Cheeseman, Poyser Natural History, 1996
All images © Joan Childs