In 2017, badgers were still faced with a vast number of threats. With loss of habitat due to development, government-sanctioned culls, road traffic accidents and persecution, it was yet again a difficult year for them. The announcement of the 2017 cull figures in December solidified this, with 19,274 badgers killed across all cull areas (more information here). However, the Badger Trust will not stop fighting for the protection of this iconic species and with your support, we will continue to stand up for badgers.
Amongst all of the bad news, here are some highlights from the Badger Trust during 2017:
Our Give Badgers A Brake 2017 campaign drew in 1630 reports of dead badgers found on UK roadsides, meaning we can use this information to assess hotspots and campaign for safer roads for wildlife. We are also sending this data to the university-run project, ‘Project Splatter’, which aims to map out UK wildlife deaths on our roads. Check out their work on Twitter: @ProjectSplatter.
We teamed up with TV presenter Mike Dilger for our Give Badgers A Brake film, in order to raise awareness about road traffic accidents and our GBAB campaign. Watch below:
Our Wildlife Crime Training Officer Craig held a number of training courses for police forces across the UK in order to raise awareness about badger persecution. We plan to continue working with the police in 2018 in order to crackdown on badger crime.
Our December raffle was drawn; first prize £1,000 - ticket 1116 from Dorset, second prize £750- ticket 2188 from Birmingham and third prize £250 - ticket 2614 from Edinburgh. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who took part - you helped raise vital funds for badgers!
The Badger Trust CEO and Chairman met with Environmental Secretary MP Michael Gove to discuss The Badger Trust’s stance on the badger cull.
As well as meeting MP Michael Gove, our CEO Dominic Dyer had a number of additional meetings with politicians and MPs in order to put pressure on the government and to hopefully bring about change for badgers.