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Badger Trust Group News Update

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Dear Badger Group Members

Here is your latest group news update: the badger cull protest in London has been rearranged; we are asking for your ideas and input about our future educational offering; we have a fantastic discount offer on The Badgers of Wytham Woods book and the latest news round-up. Remember, we have the final Groups Quarterly Meeting of the year coming up on 22nd November, and we have lots to update you on, plus a session dedicated to our much-anticipated cull report: Tackling Bovine TB Together. Please take a look below for more information and how to register.

New London Cull Protest Date Rescheduled for Friday, 24th November 2023 11 am - 2 pm, Old Palace Yard, Westminster, SW1P 3JY Badger Groups are being urged to join the protest in London on 24th November and speak up for badgers. The Government is on the verge of announcing a consultation on epidemiological culling, which could see the killing of 100% of badgers in a chosen area. Event information from the organiser: Come along and show the Government that we will never stop fighting against the Badger Cull. Let's make this the biggest Badger Protest since the early days. Bring your badger suits, masks, and placards. Bring your voice and your passion. Bring your family and friends. Over the past ten years, the Government has killed nearly a quarter of a million badgers in this cruel and unscientific slaughter of our beautiful badgers. Around 260,000 are likely to be dead by Christmas. There will be various speakers, including Badger Trust, and the protest will happen whatever the weather! Full details are on the organiser's Facebook Event Page >


Groups Quarterly Meeting Registration The last 'Groups Quarterly Meeting' of the year takes place on Wednesday, 22nd November 2023 at 7 p.m. The meeting is your place to hear all the latest updates, including Badger Trust plans and progress, updates on campaigns and crime. We also have updates on the RSPCA, vets treating badgers, our symposium and some new resources! This meeting will have a dedicated session and an exclusive look at our new report, Tackling Bovine TB Together - Towards Sustainable, Scientific, and Effective bTB Solutions, which will be released soon! Register your place now > There will also be dedicated time for a Q&A session, so if you have any questions, you can email them in advance to groups@badgertrust.org.uk or bring them up on the day.


Education, Education, Education

Do you work in education? Have experience developing school resources? Work with schools currently? Our new Vice Chair of Trustees, Phil Loveday, who has been in science education for over 34 years, is looking for ideas and input from groups about the educational resources provided by Badger Trust. Trustees recognise and applaud the work done by Badger Group members to educate the public in a variety of ways. However, they also recognise that many people know very little about badgers, and education is a way of improving understanding and love for them. There are currently many educational materials on our Badger Trust website, provided by several organisations and individuals, including the Professor Brock materials from Binfield Badger Group that have real value. Trustees are looking to the future and ways in which Badger Trust can draw together educational materials to build a more comprehensive set of up-to-date resources for all school key stages and educational settings and make resources readily available and accessible to all educators. On the horizon, a new GCSE in Natural History is also being developed by the exam board OCR. At this early stage, Phil is initially asking for Badger Group's thoughts to gauge support and listen to any ideas you may have. Depending on the responses, the hope is to develop a future strategy around this. Please email Phil directly: phil@badgertrust.org.uk


The Badgers of Wytham Woods Book Offer Don’t miss this fantastic book offer! We’ve just had word that the hardback edition of ‘The Badgers of Wytham Woods: A Model for Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution’ has just been reduced to £40 (RRP £102.50). Co-author David Macdonald told us: “I explained to Oxford University Press that the original price puts the book out of reach of many, such as the country’s leading enthusiasts for the species, Badger Trust supporters. I’m thrilled they agreed to a price reduction.” NB: This special offer is currently only available directly from the OUP website via this link > *Offer available while stocks last.


Latest News Round-up


Diary Dates & Group Resources! Groups Quarterly Meeting Wednesday 22nd November, 7pm Join us for the last meeting of the year. Register > Group Resources The shared library has lots of resources for groups, so please take a look. Groups Resource Library > eNews links Review previous enews updates or link to them in your newsletters. Access links to previous newsletters > Please share Badger Trust news with your members or ask them to sign up for these updates.

If you have any questions about any of the information in the newsletters, need advice or support with something, or just want to chat about your group and badgers, please do contact us! Whatever you're up to for badgers, we'd like to hear about it! Let us know via groups@badgertrust.org.uk and we can profile your wonderful work nationally. Sally Jones Groups Coordinator




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