2017 in review...
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. 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.
The Badger Trust also gave a number of interviews in order to raise awareness about the threats to badgers. These included BBC Radio 4 Farming today, Lush Radio and not to mention Countryfile. Watch Dominic's interview on Countryfile here.
Our annual conference took place in Preston, co-hosted by the Lancashire Badger Group. We had a fantastic range of speakers discussing badger ecology, law, culls, and persecution. We look forward to the 2018 conference, with dates to be confirmed in the near future!
National Badger Week - a week dedicated to the celebration of our favourite furry friend - helped to raise vital awareness for the iconic badger. Check out the video of Steve Backshall singing praise for them!
The Badger Trust ran stalls at a number of exhibitions across the country, including the Animal Aid Christmas Fayre and Birmingham Wildlife Festival, in order to help raise awareness and vital funds for badgers!
We also launched a new, environmentally-friendly, online version of Badger News, with a fresh design and format! This is available to our supporters and contains all you need to know about badgers, as well as fascinating guest articles and blogs.
The Badger Trust team attended the ConFuzzled event - and managed to raise £17,000 for badgers.
All of this has been possible through your continued support of the charity - so thank you. Here is what we have been up to over the course of January 2018:
HS2 meeting. We were invited to a meeting with the Lead Ecologists from the High Speed Railway project to discuss the proposed plans and the measures in place for badgers along the railway route. We hope to establish a strong means of communication with the HS2 team in the future, to ensure that local groups can help to advise ecologists, using their local expertise.
Our CEO represented the Badger Trust in a meeting with Sir John Randall in Downing Street, along with other wildlife charities. The meeting was to highlight the need to tackle wildlife crime in the UK, including badger persecution.
Dominic also represented the Badger Trust on BBC Radio Humberside to discuss badger persecution. Watch here.
We are in the process of compiling articles for our current Badger News, which should be released to our members in the near future - watch this space!
The Badger Trust has also kick-started 2018 with our New Year campaign. Can you help to #Make2018Matter and #MakeBadgersGreatAgain? Donate or become a supporter and you could be contributing to the continued protection of badgers!
In the meantime, we thank you all for your support of the Badger Trust and we hope to continue our successes from 2017 into the forthcoming year!