Uttlesford Badger Group was formed in March 1990 to encourage the study and protection of Badgers and their habitat within its boundaries. The group was originally known as the North West Essex Badger Protection Group but changed its name in 1992 to reflect the area of Essex covered by the group which mirrors that covered by Uttlesford District Council, hence the new name of the group. The group is a full member of the Badger Trust - formerly the National Federation of Badger Groups (NFBG), and is affiliated to the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV).
Members of the group are involved in a large number of activities, such as locating and recording of new setts, regularly patrolling setts to check them for disturbance and constructing artificial setts. Although the majority of road accidents involving a Badger result in the death of the animal, in some cases it will survive. Members of the group will be involved with the rescue, treatment and rehabilitation of the Badger, returning it to its home territory wherever possible, when it has recovered.
We have successfully returned a number of injured Badgers to the wild. We also give talks to the public, often accompanied by a slide show, and regularly attend local events. Due to the spread of urban development which reduces the Badger’s natural habitat, we liaise closely with local planning authorities and building contractors, as well as with the Police, RSPCA, local vets and other conservation bodies.
Members are registered with the Essex Police, and we extend our thanks to them for their co-operation with us. We also extend our thanks to our local vets, Mercer and Hughes (Great Dunmow, Stansted and Saffron Walden) and The Veterinary Hospital (Bishop's Stortford) who have given freely of their time, advice and expertise.
We hope you will consider joining us. Badgers form a wonderful part of our natural heritage... Surely they are worthy of every effort to safeguard their future!