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EBPG Review 2020

Despite all of the restrictions put on us during 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic The Essex Badger Protection Group has still managed to stay very busy in looking after the badgers in our part of Essex.

This year we have put together a short video presentation of everything we have been doing throughout this year so that you can see what we have been up to. You may view it by clicking on the graphic link above. We hope you enjoy watching it!


Stop Badger Crime!

The Badger Trust have recently launched a campaign called “Stop Badger Crime” together with the release of a new short and hard-hitting film which is aimed at raising public awareness of crimes against badgers and encouraging reporting.

This film was made and presented by our Patron, naturalist and broadcaster Mike Dilger, and we are very pleased to have been able to take part in it.

You can now join our group online

You can now join or renew your membership to the Essex Badger Protection Group online by visiting our 'Join' page here.

Don Hunford 1925 - 2018

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing away of our dear member and friend Don Hunford. He was one of the most knowledgeable people in the UK on badgers and will be greatly missed.

Don passed away peacefully on the 3rd August, 2018 while in Southend University Hospital after suffering a bad fall which left him with a fractured pelvis. He was aged 93 years.

Badger Crowd Sett for the Royal Courts of Justice

Tom Langton, Ecologist and Badger Campaigner, joined a Tribunal brought by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) to oppose a Natural England appeal against its July 2017 ruling for NE to hand over the un-redacted environmental impact assessments (Habitats Regulations Assessments or HRA’s) relating to badger culling. NE wanted to keep the HRA’s secret but after a 2-day hearing in December 2017 the case was won and recently NE released the 2016 HRA details that are currently being studied. Direct access Barrister (Tim Nesbitt of Outer Temple Chambers) acted for Tom Langton.

19,274 badgers killed in 2017

Badger Trust challenges government’s lack of evidence after 19,000 more badgers culled in 2017 and calls for a full policy review

The Badger Trust has called on the government to provide conclusive evidence that their cull policy is reducing levels of TB in cattle following the announcement that a further 19,000 badgers were culled in 2017.

Government report confirms badger vaccination is working and a year break will not result in any increase in TB in badgers

The Badger Trust has welcomed a report by the Animal & Plant Health Agency for the Welsh Government on the success of its badger vaccination project.


UK’s leading naturalists and broadcasters Chris Packham and Steve Backshall agree.

The Badger Trust has condemned the government’s decision to continue with the pilot badger culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset as ‘completely irrational’.

“These culls were sold to the public as an experiment to see if free-shooting badgers was humane and effective,” says the Badger Trust’s CEO, Dominic Dyer, “and on both counts they have comprehensively failed.”

Improved Testing of Infected Cattle Can Beat bTB – Without Culling Badgers, Says New Research

Badger culling will potentially reduce the number of bTB infected cattle by just 12 out of 15,000, according to new research. But reducing the interval at which the cattle are tested for bTB by just one month could reduce the number of sick cattle by 193.

Badger Trust is committed to British farming, says chief executive Dominic Dyer | Western Daily Press

On 28th October we sent you an open letter addressed to Ian Liddell Grainger, MP in response to his Opinion Article on the badger cull policy published in the Western Daily Press on 25th October.


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Patron: Mike Dilger
(Natural History Presenter)

The Essex Badger Protection Group
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