Get involved to stop the cull! Culling takes place over six weeks in late August, September and early October each year. There is also plenty of work to be done at other times, as badgers face persecution year-round.
- Find out where your nearest cull zone is. Click here for more information.
- Contact us:
Here are some of the things you can get involved in!
* Come sett-surveying!
This work happens at all times of the year. Without knowledge of where badger setts are, we cannot protect them. Local groups can provide training on how to look for badger setts. All you need to bring is enthusiasm and some decent footwear! We need volunteers to help us with this crucial work throughout the year. Get in touch to find out more!
* Adopt a sett!
Sadly the cull is seen as a green light by many to illegally persecute badgers. Since the culls began we have been finding more evidence of blocked badger setts, dug-out setts, cruel snares illegally placed on badger runs and poison left near sett entrances. We desperately need volunteers to adopt some of the most vulnerable setts, including those that have been targeted previously, and keep an eye on them throughout the year. Contact us for more information.
* Become a badger rescue driver!
The Devon Badger Group run a 24/7 emergency helpline for sick or injured badgers: 07710 971988. If you are a driver and want to become a badger rescue volunteer, contact the Devon Badger Group on devonbadgergroup [AT] gmail.com. They will provide all the necessary training, equipment and insurance.
* When the cull gets underway in the autumn, join a badger patrol!
Badger patrols are perfectly legal. Groups of patrollers walk footpaths at night, carrying torches and wearing high vis jackets. The aim is to be a visible presence in the cull zone and to look out for shooters and injured badgers along the way. There are also regular daytime sett patrols. Bring food, water, a torch and some waterproofs if it’s looking like it might rain. Wear shoes or boots that you don’t mind getting muddy, as some of the footpaths cross wet and muddy terrain. Badger patrols save lives.
Badger patrol groups (please contact us if your group isn’t on this list or if you’d like to set up a group in your area!):
* Mid Devon Badger Patrol. Currently covering Exeter, Tiverton, Crediton, South Molton, Kings Nympton and all areas in between. Get in touch via Facebook, email to middevonbadgerpatrol [AT] gmail.com, or phone 07452 947842.
* South Hams Oppose the Badger Cull. Covering the South Hams cull zone. Get in touch via Facebook, email to patrol.shobc [AT] gmail.com, or phone 07864 079199.
Support in other ways:
* Join our mailing list
* Send us information. Do you live in one of the cull zones? Is your neighbour culling badgers? Did you overhear something at the pub or in the queue at your local shop? Be our eyes and ears and get in touch with any useful information.
* Organise a fundraiser! Could you organise a carboot sale, online auction, make t-shirt designs we can use to raise funds, donate artwork we can auction off, organise a sponsored walk, coffee morning or other event? When the cull starts we would like to be in a position to help cover expenses at Camp Badger, assist badger activists with their fuel costs, buy equipment etc. If you can’t make it to the cull zones then please have a think about how you could help us with fundraising.
* Donate fuel money to groups that are busy in the cull zones. If you can’t make it to the zones yourself but would like to help those who can by contributing to their fuel costs, here are some existing fundraising pages:
For Cornwall, you can make a Paypal donation to cornwall2cz[AT]gmail.com (replace [AT] with @ – the is a spam counter-measure)
This list will be updated regularly.