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Somerset Badger Group
3 months ago
Our joint letter to Somerset MP’s sent today. www.somersetwildlife.org/news ... See MoreSee Less
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“It begins with a mild fever and malaise, and can develop into a chronic cough. The infection prospers in crowds and spreads fast. No, it’s not coronavirus, it’s bovine tuberculosis, an infectious disease in cattle. Efforts to control it have cost the UK 100,000 of its wild badgers (and counting). Is badger culling the answer to bTB? Or should we be vaccinating instead?”bit.ly/3gTCSid ... See MoreSee Less
Cull or Cure? The Badger Controversy | Nature Picture Library
A stunning portrait of a badger called ‘Nutmeg’ is going to be auctioned to help raise funds for our group. Take a look at the auction page & huge thanks to Emily for the incredible drawing.www.32auctions.com/somersetbadgersSep2020 ... See MoreSee Less
Nutmeg Portrait for Somerset Badger Group
We’re really happy to be involved in this project with the fantastic team at Avon Wildlife Trust.Our beloved worm-eating, nighttime-foraging badgers are docile and peaceful. They are also very sociable animals, living in close-knit groups of about 8 in underground setts they build over many years. Setts can extend to up to 100m with 50 entrances, and be 100 years old! They are passed down through the family and improved and extended with each generation.Last year we began work vaccinating badgers to protect them against bovine TB and help tackle this disease in a way which allows our wild badgers to thrive. This summer our conversation team vaccinated 12 badgers over two nights, on one of our reserves. This included 2 cubs, following a 2-day training course supplied by Somerset Badger Group. You can read about how it went in this blog by the Nature Picture Library, illustrated with some lovely photos by Neil Aldridge: bit.ly/3gTCSidThe UK Government is due to make an announcement of new areas for badger culling this month and there is great concern that Derbyshire will be among those counties where culling will be allowed. Please sign The Wildlife Trusts's petition to ask your MP to stop the badger cull from coming to Derbyshire: bit.ly/2Z1grBy ... See MoreSee Less
Our group of fantastic volunteers have moved on to the next location where the pick-up has been good with every single bait point being used. Hooray. However, that does mean that an awful lot of cage traps now have to be dug in and secured. The cost to the farmer is minimal as our APHA trained and licensed vaccinators are all volunteers too. We have been working with farmers to vaccinate badgers on their land since 2012. ... See MoreSee Less
Have you heard about Easy Fundraising? You can help Somerset Badger Group receive their payment next time by using #easyfundraising when you shop online. Over 4,200 online shops and sites will donate to us for free when you shop with them via easyfundraising. This includes retailers such as John Lewis & Partners, Argos, eBay, Just Eat, Booking dot com, Uswitch and more.It only takes 2 minutes to sign up and it's completely free! www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/somersetbadgers/?invite=f3gtdj&referral-campaign=s2s ... See MoreSee Less
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