The Gwent Badger Group
About the Group
The Group was founded in 1974 and since then has continued to campaign, conserve and rescue badgers across the County.
The Group operates in the Local Authority areas of Caerphilly, Torfaen, Newport, Monmouthshire and Blaenau Gwent. Frequently our assistance is requested in the surrounding districts of Brecon and the Forest of Dean.
The Group now have their own reserve where Group members and members of the public can watch the badgers and sometimes photograph them at close quarters.
Gwent has a healthy population of badgers; they occur mainly in the more rural areas but there are a number of small populations, which extend into towns and cities.
For centuries badgers have been persecuted by man and have been subjected to horrific cruelty. Sadly this treatment continues today. It is estimated that 9,000 badgers are killed every year through persecution.
How you can help?
If you suspect badger persecution or sett interference then make notes to record:
the number of people
direction they are heading
DO NOT approach or challenge the suspect/s but monitor the event from a safe distance.
Information can be passed to us confidentially.
Call us on our 24hr Emergency No:
The Gwent Badger Group offers a reward of £500 for information leading to the conviction of a badger persecutor.
TOGETHER WE CAN SAVE THAT BADGER!
The Protection of Badgers Act 1992 makes it an offence to willfully:
Take, injure or kill a badger;
Cruelly ill-treat a badger;
Interfere with a badger sett;
Selling or being in possession of a live badger; and
Marking or ringing a badger.
A person convicted of an offence or offences under the terms of the Act:
is liable to a term of imprisonment not exceeding six months per offence, and or a fine not exceeding level 5 (approx £5000).
will have any badger, skin, and if the court sees fit, any weapon or article used in committing the offence forfeited
Any dog used in committing an offence may be destroyed, and the offender disqualified from having custody of a dog, and made to pay for the dogs destruction.
Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
Section 11 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 prohibits the taking and killing wild animals either by means of:
Badgers are listed on Schedule 6 of the Act.
No badger culling in Wales
Responding to a question from Janet Finch-Saunders, MS (Con) Aberconwy, who after meeting with farmers called for the introduction of mass culling of badgers, Drakeford said the reason for the increase was the actions of farmers themselves. He further stated that the problem was caused by lax biosecurity: ‘the importation of TB by farmers buying infected cattle, and bringing them into the area. That is the single greatest reason why low incidence areas have moved up a very sad hierarchy.’
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Badgers have a very distinctive black and white face and their body is normally silvery-grey with paler fur underneath. the badge is a member of the Mustelid family, so is related to stoats, weasels and otters. It is just as common as the red fox, but more nocturnal and elusive in its habits.
Setts vary from a single-entrance to large multiple entrance complexes with large piles of spoil and worn paths. Badgers will collect bedding such as grass or leaves which they drag backwards to the sett often leaving bedding trails.An occupied sett can be recognised by the tidy burrow entrances, marked with piles of used bedding (hay and leaves), and by nearby latrine pits where the occupants leave their droppings.
Badgers feed on small mammals, earthworms, fruit, roots and bulbs; they use their strong front paws to dig for food. Cubs are born in January or February, but spend the first two or three months underground, only emerging in the spring; this is the best time to spot badgers.
Mating takes place between February and May, with implantation delayed until late winter. Only one female badger in a social group normally breeds, although sometimes two or more may do so. Litters of 2-3 cubs are born around February blind and hairless in the safety of the nest. They usually appear above ground at about 8 weeks, and weaning usually takes about 12 weeks. By late summer they are usually feeding independently but can be adversely affected by drought at this time causing starvation.
The Gwent Badger Group is fortunate enough to have its own reserve on the outskirts of Usk, where members and others can watch badgers close up in their natural environment.
Our badger watching is popular - even with the media! BBC Wales visited the reserve to watch and narrate on a live badger watch!
NOT TO BE DISAPPOINTED AND CHANCE MISSING THIS EXPERIENCE, CONTACT US VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS BELOW TO BOOK YOUR PLACE.
Members of the Group can enjoy this incredible experience free of charge, other individuals are asked to make a donation to our work and the maintenance of the reserve.
Watch this video on badgers at our reserve and to book a place on a badger watch send an email request to
Badger Fun Word Search
Hey Kids, do you love playing word games? Try playing this word search puzzle! Just find the listed hidden words.
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Introduction to Badgers
Several informative pages about badgers and a calendar of a badger year
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Badger colouring sheet
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