UPDATE 22nd February 2022.

 

As restrictions are being eased by the government and many of us are now vaccinated, we feel it is sensible to consider holding a face to face meeting.  This is planned for the 9th April 2022 from 2-4pm at a venue in Cramlington rather than our usual venue as there is more space to self-isolate.  We plan to hold a much-needed AGM covering the last 3 years, which will be followed by a normal business meeting so that we can bring the groups operation back to normal.  We will email all members with the papers once we have them sorted but will have to present the audited accounts for 2021-2022 on the day as the year end is 30th March and our examiner has agreed to do them quickly for us.

 

We are leaving the decision on mask wearing to the individual but your own comfort and safety are important so please follow your normal routine.

 If you are currently considering joining us why not email

 enquiries@northumberlandbadgergroup.org.uk so that our secretary can include you in the mail out

 Refreshments will be available, yes, our usual biscuits and tea or coffee and if you wish please feel free to bring your own mug but we will have access to cups at the hall.

 Mervyn (Chair)

A Brief History

The Northumberland Wildlife Trust Badger Group, was formed in 1987 following a meeting initiated by the Wildlife Trust and chaired by Tony Tynan as Hon. Sec. of the Trust.  The meeting was attended by representatives of Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Northumbria Police, R.S.P.C.A. and Northumberland Natural History Society.

The meeting was called because of a collective concern by all agencies represented, for the safety and well being of badgers against attacks by badger diggers and badger baiters.

At this time there was only one act of parliament in existence which specifically protected badgers, i.e. The Badgers Act, 1973. The main concern of the Act was to protect  badgers from diggers and baiters, since then legislation has moved on until now The Protection of Badgers Act, 1992 which embodies the 1973 Act and subsequent Acts provides protection for badgers from almost every intrusion upon themselves and their habitat.

From it’s inception the aims of the group have remained the same.

To assist in the conservation of badgers and their environment within the county boundaries of Northumberland, Newcastle upon Tyne and North Tyneside. 

The group has always worked with the Police, RSPCA and other enforcement agencies to fight badger crime and values the good links it has with these organisations.

On 1st April 2009 following discussions with the Northumberland Wildlife Trust and within the group over a period of months the group became independent of but still affiliated with the Trust.  This will have benefits to both organisations but will not affect the work of the now renamed Northumberland Badger Group in protecting and conserving badgers.