Badgers is an umbrella organisation created by voluntary badger groups to protect the
welfare of Scotlands badgers their setts and habitats. The executive committee looks
at all aspects of badger work and issues that affect them. The organisation works closely
with statutory authorities such as Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Executive for Rural
Affairs Department, Forest Enterprise the Police and Scottish Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals. They have formed links with The Scottish Landowners Federation,
National Farmers Union for Scotland and The Scottish Gamekeepers Association.
The latest estimates are that Scotland holds some 25, 000 badgers from
Thurso in the north to the border with England in varying densities. There are many
reasons for badgers either being absent from a particular area or indeed being present.
Variety of habitat and most importantly the availability of food sources are the deciding
factors. Scotland has such a variety of habitat and, if their needs can be met, then there
is no reason why you will not find badgers. There are even badgers in towns and on
mountains far from the nearest tree belying the idea that in Scotland they are a woodland
Badgers come into conflict with man in many ways and Scottish Badgers
want to ensure that they get the best deal we can get for them. Development of roads is
probably the most common problem that arises. New roads in particular can seriously affect
the local badger population. Road Traffic Accidents involving badgers kill an estimated
2000 badgers every year in Scotland. That is about 10% of the population.
There are many aspects of badger related work that need addressing in
Scotland and you can help. Obviously you can join Scottish Badgers and support the
organisation. For your money you get a quarterly newsletter but most importantly you get
public liability/personal accident insurance that covers you whilst carrying out work on
behalf of the organisation. We need people who either know where badgers are or who are
prepared to go and find them to come forward. Records need to be passed regularly to Local
Biodiversity Recording Centres and Scottish Natural Heritage so we have early warning in
place should a conflict arise. We are gathering information on road casualties to form a
basis for identifying accident "black spots" so that we may in the future
address the problem where badgers are regularly being killed by vehicles. You can help
with all these jobs.
Badger related crime in Scotland seems to be fairly minimal but like
all wildlife crime it is committed in areas that are remote. The organisation works
closely with the police on this matter, it is their remit to investigate offences, but we
can help by having records which are regularly updated. Should you suspect a crime has
been committed then contact your local police who will put you in touch with a Wildlife
Liaison Officer. Do not try to sort out the matter yourself. Many of the people
involved in badger crime are hardened criminals who will not think twice about assaulting
you. You can pass information, in strict confidence, to the Development Officer if you
do not want to be directly involved yourself. We need to root out the people who get
involved in badger crimes.
The Website contains information of local contacts for badger groups
and individuals working with badgers in Scotland.