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Badger Trust Groups Quarterly Update

📍 Group News - July Roundup

Dear Badger Group Members


We are speeding through the year and thankfully most of us have had a decent amount of rain now, so our badgers have lots of juicy worms to eat. This e-newsletter has a roundup of the recent Regional Group Meetings and an overview document so you can see what the hot topics were. Registration is now open for our Groups Quarterly Meeting, which will have all the latest progress and updates from Badger Trust and a specific session on the exciting new State of the Badger Project. It has been an exceptionally busy few months for so many of you and a snapshot is included in the Groups Spotlight. We are also delighted to welcome The Lincolnshire Badger Group to the clan!

Next meeting: Wednesday 16th August 2023, 7pm Registration is now open for our next Groups Quarterly Meeting. These quarterly online Zoom meetings are the more formal update from Badger Trust where groups from across England, Wales, and NI can come together for an overview of Badger Trust plans and progress, updates on campaigns and crime, and a spotlight on the work groups are doing. This meeting will also have a session dedicated to the State of the Badger Project. We know some of you are signed up to take part in this pilot project and lots of you are interested in hearing more about it and the progress that has been made. 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.


Regional Meetings - Hot Topics Thank you to those that attended and took part in our new Regional Groups Meetings, with badger groups split into three regions, North, East and South East, West and South West. They were well-received and productive meetings, whilst also being a relaxed format to give the opportunity to chat openly with other local group members about key issues being faced. Some hot topics that came up included:

  • Vets - high fees, badgers being turned away, lack of out-of-hours help.

  • RSPCA - some reports of call centre staff giving out incorrect information regarding rescues.

  • State of the Badger Project - More information was requested. (This is now being covered in the next Groups Quarterly Meeting. Register now >)

  • Cubs and Artificial Setts - Need for locations in the future, promotion that it is hugely rewarding to take part in.

  • Crime - Online crime reporting form queries, specific police force issues.

  • Cull - Information needed on epidemiological culling, Bern Complaint update.

  • Space for Badgers - New Planning & Development Guide.

  • Other - Groups enews, engaging with councils, engaging members more, speakers for talks and meetings.

There is an overview of the hot topics raised from all three regional meetings, with highlighted actions, saved in the Groups Shared Resource Folder. These will be looked into further and Sally will report back on them in due course. Read the full Regional Groups Meeting Overview > Next Regional Groups Meetings take place in September: Dates and how to register are below in the Diary Dates section of this e-newsletter.


A small snapshot of recent activity from groups across England, Wales, and NI.

Welcome to The Lincolnshire Badger Group! We are delighted to announce a new group in Lincolnshire. Newly reformed by some of the original founding members after a long hiatus. They already have a wealth of badger knowledge and experience in the county. Working with Groups Coordinator, Sally, the group is now officially up and running and are Badger Trust affiliated members. Please show them some love, and give their Facebook page a like and follow > Warwickshire Badger Group The group is running an Introduction to Wildlife Tracking and Nature Awareness One Day Workshop with ecologists Tris Pearce and Sam Devine-Turner on 30th September at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Brandon Marsh, Coventry. More Information and how to book > Essex Badger Protection Group & Northamptonshire Badger Group Two of the badger groups who will soon release orphaned cubs in artificial setts that they have built. They have both recently put out appeals on social media, to help them buy food for the cubs that they will be support feeding for many weeks. South Manchester Badger Group One of many groups who have been particularly busy attending multiple rescue call-outs in the last couple of months. Other groups who've also dealt with many, particularly dehydrated and starving cubs, include Cornwall Badger Group, Mid-Derbyshire Badger Group, Northamptonshire Badger Group, and Suffolk Badger & Mammal Group. Ceredigion Badger Group has a Fun Day coming up on 5th August at Morfa Bychan Holiday Park, Aberystwyth. Many more groups have been busy with events this summer including, Calderdale Badger Group, Devon Badger Group, and Gloucestershire Badger Group. Lancashire Badger Group has been involved in supervising licenced work near a badger sett, to fix a collapsed footpath and protect a badger tunnel.


* Badger Trust announced its first Youth Ambassador * We are delighted to announce our first Youth Ambassador for Badger Trust, wildlife photographer and natural history broadcaster, Rachel Bigsby. * Nature 2030 Launch * Wildlife and Countryside Link launch 5-point plan for nature. The coalition of more than 70 nature charities, including Badger Trust is calling on all political parties to put these proposals at the heart of their election manifestos to put the country on a path to nature's recovery by 2030, boost the green economy, and improve the health and wellbeing of people across the country.


Diary Dates & Group Resources! Next Badger Trust Grant Deadlines Monday 21st August 2023 More detailed grant Information >

Regional Group Online Meetings * NORTH * Tuesday 19th September 2023, 7pm. REGISTER > * WEST & SOUTH WEST * Thursday 21st September 2023, 7pm. REGISTER > * EAST & SOUTH EAST * Monday 25th September 2023, 7pm. 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 Badger Trust Groups Coordinator

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