Important Information for members and potential members

Following the outbreak of Corona virus the group will not be meeting until the Government give clearance for people to start gathering in groups.  As a consequence the AGM is postponed until further notice.  Members will be kept informed of any significant matters appertaining to the group and if you have any queries either email Chris or Myself using either enquiries@northumberlandbadgergroup.org.uk,  or our personal emails if you have them.  We will continue to monitor the group mobile, but please accept that we may need to call you back.  Anyone wishing to join the group, please email us using the email above and we will tell you how we can sort your application.

In these difficult times please stay safe and look after yourselves and we look forward to meeting everyone on the other side of this difficult time.
Mervyn
Chair

 23rd March 2020

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.