Join Us on Patrol to Protect Dorset’s Badgers

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badger dayIt’s National Badger day on Tuesday 6 October! Right now beautiful badgers are being shot in Dorset, Somerset and Gloucestershire under the guise of ‘preventing the spread of bovine TB in cattle’. We are making a difference by being out in the cull zones patrolling the footpaths and safeguarding the setts.

More patrollers = More badgers’ saved.

If you agree that this senseless slaughter of our precious badgers is a cruel, callous and costly distraction: Unite with us and join our peaceful protest walking the public footpaths and rights of way of the North Dorset Cull zone. You’ll be looking for wounded badgers and any other injured wildlife.

There will be both day time and evening patrols on Tue 6th October (when we’ll be joined by Peter Martin, Chair of the Badger Trust):

  • 1.30pm at Sturminster Newton Station Road Car Park
  • 7.30pm at Tescos Car Park in Blandford DT11 9PU (Turn off the Badger Roundabout on the A354) – this is the meet-up point and location for patrols every evening during the cull, so even if you can’t make it on the 6th please come along another evening.

The patrol routes will vary in length and each patrol will have a leader with a map of the route and all the tel. contacts needed.

We recommend you bring:-

Suitable clothing for all terrain, including strong waterproof boots/shoes
A hi viz vest/jacket for evening patrol
A torch with spare batteries for evening patrol
Whistle
Mobile Phone
Water and snacks

If you have them please also bring:-

A camera/camcorder
OS Maps 118,129
A GPS device

N.B. Police Presence at our Patrol Meeting Places
The police will be there to ensure that patrollers are not harassed or intimidated by any pro cull supporters. We do not advise the police of the patrol routes, but they will keep a watchful eye on any patrols that have requested their help. They will also respond to any reports of intimidation, abuse or anti social use of vehicles against our Badger Protectors.

Speaking about the importance of National Badger Day the CEO of the Badger Trust Dominic Dyer said:

As we celebrate National Badger Day badgers are being killed in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset in a desperate attempt to reduce the spread of bovine TB despite all the evidence showing us this policy is a disastrous failure on scientific, animal welfare and cost grounds. Badgers are one of our most important native species that have survived in our landscapes despite the constant threat of persecution, destruction of their habitats and death on our roads. It is time we recognised their value and importance to our eco system and celebrated their strength, beauty and resilience in the face of the many threats they encounter every day.

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