Our aims

The Kirklees Badger Protection Group was formed in 1988, now over 30 years later, the aims of the group remain the same:

• To encourage the understanding and study of badgers.
• To promote measures which will enhance their welfare.
• To encourage tolerance, appreciation and respect for all wildlife and their habitat.

We are members of the Badger Trust, which represents us at national level and is a central organisation for information and research.

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Why do badgers need protecting in Kirklees?

The main threats to badgers in our area are:

• Road traffic accidents
• Loss of habitat caused by development
• Badger diggers and baiters

To make us as effective as possible in counteracting these threats, Kirklees Badger Protection Group works closely with several organisations and individuals including:

• the police and the RSPCA with whom we work in cases of suspected illegal activity
• Natural England, who give licences to work on or near a badger sett in order to protect it
• Kirklees Metropolitan Council, with whom we have close links in connection with planning and forestry work.

Additionally, we have a good working relationship with landowners in the area. Local quarry owners have in particular benefited from our advice and expertise.

What we do

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Our most important work involves protecting existing setts and building artificial setts where necessary (for example, in order to relocate badgers from residential developments).

We record the location of, and monitor, as many setts as possible. Monitors visit a particular sett regularly and records the findings. These records may be used by the police in the event of a prosecution for interfering with the sett or harming badgers.

We are available to assist in the event of an injured badger being discovered, though sadly few animals survive a road traffic accident. We try to pick up fatally injured badgers from roadsides, and keep records of those discovered. Rescued live badgers are taken to the nearest available rescue centre for rehabilitation and hopefully release back into the wild.

Alongside the practical aspects of our work, we publicise the threats to the badger, both local and national and inform the general public about badgers.

How you can help

We are always in need of funds to help us in our work, so any donation is gratefully received. We also need members from which we can draw our volunteers and the small amount we ask for membership also goes to support our work.

The group have also been fortunate enough to receive donations from wills in the past and such donations are gratefully received and wisely used.

Legacies help us to continue our work helping injured and sick badgers. They finance sett protections and equipment necessary to those members who are willing to turn out at all hours to help badgers. They also help us continue our work educating the next generation and providing the resources to do so.

If you are considering making or altering your will to include a donation to Kirklees Badger Protection Group, Registered Charity No 1062489, please consult your solicitor.

Thank you for your generosity.

Want to become a member?
If you are interested in the welfare of Badgers why not support us by becoming a member. You can be involved as little or as much as you want.


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