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Phone - 07533 899 928
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South West Badger Protectors
October 2017
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Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Wiltshire
 
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Welcome

Hi Anne

First off, we'd like to welcome Wiltshire Against The Badger Cull who will be joining us in producing this newsletter from this month, which will mean that we can keep even more people up to date with what's happening.

We're now six weeks into this year's cull and hope we're nearing the end in most of the zones.  However, it’s not clear if there’s a six week time frame (or longer) for the original zones in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire.  As soon as we know, we’ll pass the details on.

Once again this year we've witnessed flagrant breaches of the cull licence guidelines and dreadful bio-security practices, with the recent incident in Wiltshire (see the article below) being a case in point.

However as the cull extends, we receive more and more reports from local people who, like us, are opposed to the cull and want to pass on information.  Every bit is useful in piecing together what’s really going on in the zones.

Once again, our presence shows just how determined we are as a collective group, demonstrating that we stand up for badgers, conservation, and science. As we've spent countless hours and walked hundreds of miles together, we've renewed old friendships and made new ones,

The best thing of all is that we've witnessed how badgers are still surviving in the cull zones, even in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire, despite the persecution that they've been subjected to five years.  This keeps us going and will continue to keep us going.  The Government hopes we will give up but, instead, we go from strength to strength refining our skills and discovering new ones.  We promise that the badger cull will never be accepted as ‘normal’.

Although we hope that this year's cull will soon be over, we continue to work year round.  After the cull has finished we will need to sett check to see how many setts have survived and in the new year, we'll start sett surveying again in preparation for any further roll out.  New people are always welcome, so do get in touch via email or social media (links below).  You will be pleasantly surprised at how addictive it becomes and once you know how to read badger signs and find setts, you can keep an eye on your local badgers.

Keep looking at our social media channels and our monthly newsletters for further details in due course.
 

Cullers leave bloodied bodies of badger family next to a public footpath for 12 hours

The bodies of a family of badgers shot dead during the cull were abandoned beneath a tree in the Wiltshire cull zone.  Read Wiltshire Against The Badger Cull's full account here.

In order to ensure that these beautiful animals did not die in vain, please take a few minutes to write to or email your MP and ask why the Government, Defra and the NFU are continuing to roll out these inhumane culls when bTB breakdowns are not reducing in any of the areas, and why the culls are not being effectively monitored for humaneness and bio-security. Urge them to look at the groundbreaking work being carried out by Devon vet Dick Sibley as reported in the Guardian article below.

If you're uncertain as to who your MP is or to find your MP's contact details use this link.
 

Could a pioneering vet’s bTB test end the cull?

Research at a secret location in Devon may help eradicate bovine tuberculosis without a single badger being killed, says leading vet

A pretty stone farmhouse sits in a green valley, surrounded by airy cowsheds. It looks like a timeless west country scene but is actually a pioneering farm, where cutting-edge science is helping to solve the hugely controversial problem of (bTB).

As an expanded badger cull got under way this autumn, in which 33,500 animals will be killed a leading vet, Dick Sibley, believes this Devon farm demonstrates a way to eradicate the disease in cattle – without slaughtering any badgers.  Read the article.
 

Devon and Cornwall Against The Badger Cull hold local protests

A small group from Devon and Cornwall Against The Badger Cull recently held a protest in Crediton, a town literally divided by the badger cull (it's believed that the cull boundary runs right through it), before moving on to Sandford to let the residents know what their Parish Councillor likes to get up to!  See more photos here.  
 

Somerset Badger Group vaccinates 400th badger

Last month Somerset Badger Group's vaccination team reached a significant milestone when it successfully vaccinated its 400th badger on a farm in Devon.

Somerset Badger Group has also vaccinated badgers in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.  Read the full story.
 

Pole dancing badger - video

We all know how much badgers love peanuts.  This badger filmed in Devon last year loves them so much that it's prepared to pole dance for them!
 

Badger patrols contact details

Somerset Badger Patrol
Phone - 07450 128 984
Further details
Devon Badger Patrol
Phone - 07533 899 928
Further details
South Hams Badger Patrol
Phone - 07864 079 199
Further details
Glos & NC Wounded Badger Patrol
Phone - 07948 217 575
Further details
Herefordshire Wounded Badger Patrol
Phone - 07948 217 575
Further details
Dorset Badger Patrol
Phone - 07469 189 606
Further details
Wiltshire Badger Patrol
Phone - 07486 522 049
Further details
Cheshire Wounded Badger Patrol
Phone - 07568 261 183
Further details
 

Badger Trust's online magazine - August 2017

Badger Trust has now published Issue 2, of its
Badger News magazine (August 2017) online. 

https://www.badger.org.uk/badger-news-online 

To read it, click here and scroll to the bottom of the screen.
 
You may need to wait a few seconds for it to load.
 

Read all about it


With so much about the badger cull in the news at the moment, this section contains links to relevant press and online articles.
Cheshire's badger cull - it's not so black and white
Fears that suspected Badger Cull gunmen are operating too close to homes near Prince Charles' residence, Highgrove in Tetbury
 

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If you're new to this newsletter you can always catch up with past editions here.

This page is updated monthly.  If you've received this newsletter from a friend you can also use the same page to subscribe to your relevant area's mailing list as well.
 

Social media and contact links

Somerset links

SABC Facebook
SABC Twitter
SABC Instagram
SABC Website
SABC Email
SBP Facebook
SBP Email
 

Devon and Cornwall links

DCABC Facebook
DCABC Twitter
DCABC Website
DCABC Email
DBP Facebook
S Hams Facebook
S Hams Twitter
S Hams Email
 

Gloucestershire and Herefordshire links

GABS Facebook
GABS Twitter
GABS Website
GABS Email
GABS WBP Twitter
Herefordshire WBP
Glos and N Cotswolds WBP Facebook
 

Wiltshire links

Wiltshire Facebook
Wiltshire Email
 

All areas links

Badger Action Network useful links
 

Groups and sites we like!

We're sure you will too so why not check them out?

Somerset Badger Group
Wildlife and Badger Care
Devon Badger Group
Secret World Wildlife Rescue
Vale Wildlife Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre
Badger Action Network (BAN)
Badger Trust
Badgergate
Team Badger
Vets and Vet Nurses Against the Badger Cull
Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital
 

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South West Badger Protectors
September 2017
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Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and the North Cotswolds
 
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You may have heard the appalling news that the the cull licences for 2017 have been issued and the killing of our badgers is taking place now.

In the case of the original West Somerset and West Gloucestershire zones, supplementary culling has been licenced for a further five years, meaning that culling in these zones will have taken place for nine years by the time the licences expire in 2022.  

North Cotswolds (Gloucestershire), Herefordshire, North Devon, South Hams and Cornwall will all be entering year 2 of 4, and in there will be four new zones in Devon and two new zones for Somerset have also been licenced.

This now means that there are 6 zones in Devon, 3 in Somerset, 2 in Cornwall, 2 in Gloucestershire, 3 in Dorset, 3 in Wiltshire and one each in Herefordshire and Cheshire.  This gives a horrendous total of 21 zones and the target that the Government wants to see killed this year is  33,841 badgers

If you’ve never got involved before to help save our badgers, there’s a very good chance that there is now a new cull zone right on your doorstep.  In the last few weeks, new people have been out and about in various zones and, without exception, all have said that doing something as positive as getting out into the fields and woodlands has been a huge relief.  So take the first step and you’ll find a whole new world opens up.

Below are details of how to contact us as well as other groups.  If you're outside of the local region, Badger Action Network has contact details for all the zones.

This year's culls could not be any further away in terms of methodology from the Randomised Badger Culling Trial that the Government is supposedly basing this policy on, and with still no proof whatsoever that these culls are having any positive effect on rates of bovine TB, this farcical policy is simply descending into wholesale slaughter of a native protected species.

This year our badgers will need us more than ever; will you step up to help them as we continue to stand up for badgers, conservation and science?
 

Contact us to come out on patrol

 

Other Badger patrols up and running

This year, patrols in all regions did not wait for the 2017 licences to be announced before starting up.  We've therefore had a two-week head start.  If you haven't got involved so far, it's never too late.

These are the contact details for all the zones.  They'd love to hear from you!
 
South Hams Badger Patrol
Phone - 07864 079 199
Further details
Glos & NC Wounded Badger Patrol
Phone - 07948 217 575
Further details
Somerset Badger Patrol
Phone - 07450 128 984
Further details
Devon Badger Patrol
Phone - 07533 899 928
Further details
Herefordshire Wounded Badger Patrol
Phone - 07948 217 575
Further details
Dorset Badger Patrol
Phone - 07469 189 606
Further details
South Wilts Badger Patrol
Phone - 07486 522 049
Further details
Cheshire Wounded Badger Patrol
Phone - 07568 261 183
Further details
 

Are badgers leaving the West Somerset cull zone ... on The Flying Scotsman? - video

Since the badger culls began in 2013, 1,792 badgers have been killed in West Somerset.  
 
Is it any wonder then, that a badger was spotted near Williton trying to hitch a lift out of the cull zone on the Flying Scotsman!  The famous locomotive had been visiting the badger cull zone and many visitors had no idea that the badger cull was still happening and were shocked.

If you would like to join a Somerset Pop-Up Patrol please get in touch with Somerset Badger Patrol or contact via via the website: http://somersetagainstthebadgercull.uk/

 

How can a mug save a badger?

When it's a GABS Badger Patrol fundraising mug of course!

Lumen the badger is now gracing a range of ceramic and travel mugs that are being sold to help financially support Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting's Wounded Badger Patrols.

Head on over to the GABS shop on Redbubble to get your hands on one.  Whether you're a tea lover or can't live without coffee, whether drinking out and about or at home in front of the TV, you'll be helping to save badgers.