Dorset Badger Cull 2016 Officially Ends

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We are happy to announce officially that the West Dorset badger cull finishes at midday today Wednesday 19th October 2016.

We will not know any actual numbers of slaughtered badgers (from both the West Dorset and North Dorset zones) for a while because it seems the powers to be often have trouble counting.

Thank you all for your support, we at DBBW and Dorset Badger Patrol and Control will keep trying to get future culls stopped and will be promoting vaccination.

This battle is over, but the war goes on!

The Badgers Lament

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Image © Sam Cannon Art

The Badgers Lament – By Andy McGeever

We dig and burrow, sniff and scratch, roll and stretch and play
We love it here, the world is ours, it’s always been this way
We raise our young amid the trees where fox and deer abound
But lately we’ve been spending more and more time underground

At night when most are sleeping when it’s safe for us to roam
Like silent ghosts we pad around our woodland forest home
There’s little here to harm our kind, our lives are filled with fun
But instinct tells us, be aware, a change is soon to come

As sunset brings our kind to stir, we’re up and out of bed
We slowly make our way outside to plan the night ahead
The woods tonight seem different, something doesn’t feel quite right
Like strangers eyes are watching us, lurking out of sight.

What happened next was new to me, something I can’t explain
I’ve never seen a flash so bright, or ever felt such pain
I try to run but I can’t move, I scream so loud and cry
Please help me friends don’t leave me here, I do not want to die

Again and again the flashes come, my family fall around
All I know and live for now lays scattered on the ground
Life gently ebbs away from me, my final painful breath
I rest my head against my cub and face my lonely death

The home I leave behind me now will never be the same
Our ancient set is empty now, and slowly fills with rain
Our history and our heritage destroyed within an hour
By those who long to kill for fun to feed their need for power

I’m off to play now, in the sky, but just before I go
Will those of you who care about me, those of you who know
Do something now to help my kind, for all those who remain
So badgers all across the land won’t suffer like me again.

© Andy McGeever 2013

Dorset Badger Cull October 2016 Update – West Dorset Cull Continues…

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DBBW can now confirm that the North Dorset badger cull has finished…

…BUT but we still need help in the West Dorset cull zones!

We thank all our patrollers for their help in the North zone this year and of course those in the West who will be carrying on as usual.

Please help us in West Dorset now if you can!

Please email us for up to date meeting info and to let us know you are coming on dorsetbbw@gmail.com or dorsetbadgerpatrol@gmail.com, or you can also contact our control number on 07557 229273.

[FURTHER UPDATE] PLEASE NOTE: Despite what some people have been posting on Facebook etc it seems the West Dorset badger cull will NOT be ending on Monday 17th October, so we will inform you as soon as we have official confirmation when it does end. Sorry it’s not good news… but one way of looking at it, is that it may mean the cullers have not reached their target!

Dorset Badger Cull Autumn 2016 – October Update

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We still need help on Badger Patrols in both West and North Dorset zones for the time being… the six week rule does not apply!

Please email us for up to date meeting info and to let us know you are coming on dorsetbbw@gmail.com or dorsetbadgerpatrol@gmail.com, or you can also contact our control number on 07557 229273 and they will take your details to pass onto someone in the area that you can help out in!

We and the badgers thank you for your continuing support!

Dorset Badger Cull Autumn 2016 – Quick Update

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It is now confirmed that Natural England have issued the licences for culling badgers in many areas as we expected.

Please if you can help on patrols in West Dorset which is a new zone and will be hit hard, and North Dorset also for the 2nd year.

More detailed information will follow later…

PLEASE NOTE:
As from tonight, meetings in Bridport Car Park will ONLY be by prior arrangement with DBBW. People should therefore contact us first, otherwise please do not just turn up at the previous meeting point. You can of course go to the Dorchester or Shaftesbury meeting points every night instead (look on the top right of this page!).

Meetings in other places and at other times can also be arranged.

[UPDATE] PLEASE NOTE: Meetings are 7:30-8pm EVERY NIGHT (7 days a week) until Sunday 11th September 2016 only. As of Monday 12th September 2016 meetings will be earlier at 7pm-7:30pm due to the evenings getting darker earlier.

Also the police have mentioned for us to ask people if you open a farm gate to please make sure you close it again and if you have dogs with you please make sure they are under control around livestock.

NEW PETITION AGAINST THE BADGER CULLS
Please also sign this latest petition launched by TV’s Wildlife Expert Simon King OBE:
“End the badger cull instead of expanding to new areas”
https://petition.parliament.uk/signatures/25316292/verify?token=ymhNqZcW8MYTVR5GGcwN

Thank you for your support!

Dorset Badger Cull Autumn 2016 Officially Confirmed

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The BBC have announced this morning that the culls will be starting early September, we think it will be earlier, maybe this Bank Holiday Monday!

West Dorset is a new zone so we will have the two zones this year, as North Dorset will be culled for the second time.

If you are able to help in the zones please contact us on 07557 229273, if you are not able to help walking on patrols, there may be other ways you could still help!

Starting August 29th 2016 (Bank Holiday Monday) the Dorset Badger Patrols are meeting at 7:30-8pm EVERY NIGHT while the cull lasts, at the following meeting points:

[UPDATE] PLEASE NOTE: Meetings are 7:30-8pm EVERY NIGHT (7 days a week) until Sunday 11th September 2016 only. As of Monday 12th September 2016 meetings will be earlier at 7pm-7:30pm due to the evenings getting darker earlier.

Shaftesbury – Tesco’s car park, SP7 8PF
Dorchester – Tesco’s car park, DT1 2RY
Bridport – ONLY by prior arrangement with DBBW so please do not just turn up, contact us first!

(7 days a week) until Sunday 11th September 2016.
N.B. As of Monday 12th September 2016 meetings will be earlier at 7pm-7:30pm (due to the evenings getting darker earlier)

We are also raising funds for fuel to help our patrollers – if you wish to donate please go to https://dorsetbandb.org/donate

The government have again decided to ignore all the scientists and experts that have stated that culling is not the way to stop Bovine TB, and in fact could make the problem even worse (as badgers flee cull zones) so we will be showing our protest in a peaceful manner again.

If we are close to cull operators they cannot shoot – so our presence is important, and we can save lives!

We thank you all for your support.
Here we go again…

See also the Mail Online article today: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-3754280/Badger-cull-tackle-bovine-TB-extended.html

Make sure you check out all our latest blog posts to be fully updated and for more information – go to our Home page here – and double check the latest Badger Patrol Meeting info on the top right of this site!

Dorset Badgers Need You!

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An appeal to anyone within easy reach of Dorset and who hasn’t already been in touch with DBBW or DBP, offering to help during the cull:

The slaughter is almost upon us. The badgers desperately need us, whether you’ve been out on patrol in previous years or are a complete newcomer.

PATROLS

You can patrol at any time during the day or night. There will be a 24-hour Control Number for you to ring to report anything you see. There will also be a police liaison team number if needed.

You won’t be asked to take on more than you can manage.

If you want to walk regularly during day, we can give you maps of a particular area/zone convenient for you.

Night patrols go out in small groups. Those run by Dorset Badger Patrol will keep to legal rights of way.

[UPDATE] Starting August 29th 2016 (Bank Holiday Monday) the Dorset Badger Patrols are meeting at 7:30-8pm EVERY NIGHT while the cull lasts, at the following meeting points:

[FURTHER UPDATE] PLEASE NOTE: Meetings are 7:30-8pm EVERY NIGHT (7 days a week) until Sunday 11th September 2016 only. As of Monday 12th September 2016 meetings will be earlier at 7pm-7:30pm due to the evenings getting darker earlier.

Shaftesbury – Tesco’s car park, SP7 8PF
Dorchester – Tesco’s car park, DT1 2RY
Bridport – ONLY by prior arrangement with DBBW so please do not just turn up, contact us first!

Police liaison will be attending.

Equipment: Hi-viz jackets and waistcoats are a must, day or night. Good torch plus spare batteries. Mobile phone and camera. Map-reading/navigation skills would be useful but not essential.

ACCOMMODATION

Coming from further afield? If you don’t want to camp but would like accommodation for a few nights, please email us.

If you live in north or west Dorset and can offer a spare bed or two to fellow patrollers or parking for a camper van, please email us.

Got a spare bed? Then help us give all people coming to Dorset to protect our badgers a warm welcome!

Email dorsetbbw@gmail.com or dorsetbadgerpatrol@gmail.com

Make sure you check out all our latest blog posts to be fully updated and for more information – go to our Home page here – and double check the latest Badger Patrol Meeting info on the top right of this site!