Purpose of Badger Groups
What do badger groups actually do?
The purpose of each individual Badger
Group is defined in its own constitution. Accordingly, one group may
have slightly different aims and activities from another group. However,
virtually all badger groups are members of the
so they can generally expected to have many common aims and objectives.
Despite the fact that badger baiting was made illegal as long ago as
the 19th century, the practice continued, making a serious impact on
badger numbers in some areas.
By the 1970s, there was enough of a groundswell of public opinion to
make the possibility of a proper badger protection act a real
possibility. After much argument in Parliament, the Badgers Act 1973 was
put on the statute books. This important new law made it illegal to
take, injure or kill badgers, to ill-treat badgers, or to dig for
badgers. Before the Act, concerned members of the pro-badger community
could do relatively little to protect badgers. Now, with a proper act of
Parliament, people began to feel that they could make more of a
difference to the lives of badgers, and a flurry of new badger groups
The movement grew apace, and by 1986, there were so many badger
groups that the Badger Trust
The most common basic aim of most of the UK's many badger groups is
to "enhance the welfare and conservation of badgers"
in those areas for which they have responsibility. Typically
this will be something along the lines of a County, or a major part of
In order to enhance the welfare and conservation of badgers, most
badger groups do a similar range of activities. Typically these will
- Giving Advice if Badgers Cause Problems (sometimes known as a
- Rescuing Trapped and Injured Badgers
- Rehabilitation of Injured or Orphaned Badgers - feeding young cubs
and releasing them back into the wild so they can survive through to
- Recording Badger Setts - to help stop badgers being persecuted and
to help protect green-spaces from being concreted over by
- Recording Road Casualties - to make sure badgers and people can
use and cross roads safely. Also advising road construction
companies and local authorities about how to install wildlife tunnels, underpasses and
- Dealing with Property and Land Developments - helping badgers live
with the consequences of developments, or getting those developments
modified or stopped
- Education and Information - for example talks and lectures in
schools, youth clubs, colleges, libraries and country pubs
- Fund Raising - raffles, books, leaflets, T-shirts, sweat-shirts,
table mats, etc, etc
- Membership - individual, family, or corporate membership schemes
- Political Campaigning - trying to persuade our politicians to
allow badgers to live natural safe wild lives in the countryside
Some badger groups also do educational talks to schools and colleges.
At these talks children will be able to see pictures of badgers and how
they live, with possibly videos, and samples too. A few badger groups
have stuffed specimens (taxidermy), which they can use to educate children how big a
badger is and what its teeth, claws and paws actually look like.
Other badger groups may also maintain hides or rehabilitation setts, where
members can watch or even photograph badgers.
Virtually all badger groups publish regular newsletters, and are
registered charities. As well as being able to accept personal donations
from individuals, most are well versed in such tax-efficient items such
as payroll giving and charitable covenants.
Badgerland are confident in saying that every badger group in the UK
offers fantastic value for money, so go and join your local
Badger Group NOW.