Threats and Dangers
|The badger has no real enemies in the wild. The badger’s size and willingness to stand its ground and out-face a potential attacker mean that most other creatures are content to leave well alone. The mature boar will fight back if his sow or cubs are threatened – the threat almost always coming from a domestic dog. It is man and his hunting dog which present the biggest direct threat to the badger.|
But man doesn’t need to be a hunter to pose a threat. Railways and roads and the ensuing traffic, housing and industrial building on traditional badger territories are likely to upset a creature who really wants to be left alone in the area he and his ancestors may have occupied for centuries.
Living in well defined social groups badgers have long established pathways between setts in the group, from sett to latrine and from sett to watering place and feeding areas. If a new road is built across one of these traditional trails badgers will still try to follow the old line and many are killed in this way by speeding traffic.
And there is the continuing menace of men who send dogs into badger setts to “fight” the trapped animal or dig them out of their underground homes and carry them off for the barbaric activity of badger baiting.
Badgers and the Law
|Badgers are protected by the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 which consolidates previous legislation under one act. It is illegal:-
- To mark or ring a badger
- To sell, try to sell, or keep a live badger
- To possess a dead badger, or part of, which has been acquired illegally
- To kill, take or injure any badger. This includes the use of gas, poison or snares.
- To cruelly ill-treat any badger.
- To dig for badgers
- To use badger tongues
- To interfere with a badger sett, whether by intention or recklessness.
- To obstruct a sett entrance
- To cause a dog to enter a badger sett.
- To disturb a badger whilst it is occupying a sett.
|The above is a general summary only and the full Protection of Badgers Act 1992 can be found here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1992/51|
|Report Wildlife Crime in Nottinghamshire|
BADGER DIGGING, BADGER BAITING - the illegal persecution of badgers or damage to badger setts - If offenders are present do NOT confront – call Police immediately on 999.
Badger digging/baiting evidence that is historic that you stumble upon just take a few photos and os or gps or description of location and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
(The above email links to the police will also send a Cc email to Nottinghamshire Badger Group.)
|Report the Location|
If you are stationary at the location of your sighting of a sett or a live or dead badger etc, mobile phone map applications and also e.g www.streetmap.co.uk are of course very useful if you are able to receive a signal. Allow the application or website to access/share your location, store this as a favourite on your device, this can then be emailed directly to the badger group along with other information describing the location. Alternatively describe the location as accurately as possible.|
If you are driving in a rural location and it is either unsafe and/or inconvenient to stop but you have seen a dead badger at the side of the road, for example, report the sighting, making a note of the road name and/or A or B number of the road, the direction you are travelling in and a description of the location of the badger in relation to a landmark or place.