North East Hampshire Badger Group is in its infancy having been formed in June 2022 as a not-for-profit voluntary body. Although badgers and their setts are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 and the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, they are routinely under threat from wildlife crime, anti-social behaviour, property development and even the Government licensed badger cull which has recently been extended across Hampshire.
The Group has been formed to protect badgers across as much of Hampshire as possible, starting in the Hart, Rushmoor and East Hampshire areas and to spread awareness about badgers to adults and children alike. We know there are many people out there who treasure and love our wildlife and are passionate about protecting it. We aim to provide a framework to bring such people together and enable them to act effectively to help our precious badgers whilst having fun with like-minded people along the way.
Our aims are to;
• promote badger welfare and preserve their habitat across the whole of North East Hampshire
• provide a framework for members and supporters to help badgers in ways suitable to them
• understand the population of badgers across North East Hampshire and use that information to their benefit
• educate and inform people about badgers and the Group's activities
• maintain sufficient funds to achieve these objectives
What we do;
• Sett surveying - underlying much of our work. We can only help badgers if we know where they are living.
• Help and protect badgers - from illegal activity, anti-social behaviour, road traffic and developments.
• Raising awareness - giving badgers a voice. The ongoing badger cull is a case in point.
• Newsletter - we will produce a quarterly newsletter updating our members on local and national badger news.
• Group meetings - we aim to offer group meetings, access to webinars and updates on our activities on a regular basis.