Oxfordshire Charity celebrates much loved wildlife on National Badger Day


Banbury Baby Photo (Image courtesy of the Oxfordshire Banbury Group)

The Oxfordshire Badger Group has been protecting the welfare and conservation of Oxfordshire badgers for 30 years, advising the public, landowners and councils.

This is the third successful year of OBG’s badger vaccination program, made possible through the support and donations of the public and the dedication of a team of volunteers.

A spokesperson for the Oxfordshire Badger Group said: “We are often called in to rescue injured badgers and work closely with local wildlife rescue groups, as well as providing training days for members of the public who wish to get involved in badger conservation.

“We are working with farmers, landowners and other wildlife advocacy groups to provide free badger vaccination and the program is growing every year.

“We believe that disease control in the herd is the only effective way to control BTb in cattle. Despite assurances to phase out the costly, cruel and unscientific slaughter of badgers, the government continues to issue new slaughter licenses. More than 75,000 badgers could be killed this year, including more than 2,500 in this county, more than double the number killed in 2020.

For more information on the Oxfordshire Badger Group charity see their website here: www.oxonbadgergroup.org.uk “Badgers have been part of our campaign for hundreds of years and are protected by law. Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in persecution and we are asking members of the public to report a crime or any suspicious activity.

“In a countryside increasingly poor in nature, please join us in celebrating and protecting the magnificent badgers of Oxfordshire.”

Badger – picture from the Oxfordshire Badger Group

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Adam Laidlaw, Executive Director of the Badger Trust Charity, said: “National Badger Day and the month ahead give us all the opportunity to celebrate these iconic wild animals. We encourage our badger supporters, devotees and all wildlife friends to join in the celebrations and help us explain why we need to care for and conserve badgers and their habitats.

“We cannot let the mindless slaughter of government badgers or the many crimes that badgers face deter us from celebrating and defending this incredible native species. ”

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The Badger Trust website also said: “We celebrate the beauty and wonders of badgers and all that wildlife and nature bring to us. National Badger Day is a great opportunity to share our love for each other badgers. with others. And using the #LoveBadgers tag during October brings these positive stories together.

“Despite the horror of the badger slaughter going on, there are also happy moments. Many of us recognize how nature and wildlife are such an important part of our lives, a part we have to deal with. more than ever to engage us.

“National Badger Day and the month ahead give all of us a chance to celebrate these iconic wild animals. It’s also a time to hope for a better future for them, a future we continue to campaign for. ”


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