High Peak badger group sets eyes on future

The High Peak Badger Group training session at Hartington this year, with Debbie Bailey and volunteers from the East Midlands.
The High Peak Badger Group training session at Hartington this year, with Debbie Bailey and volunteers from the East Midlands.

A High Peak badger conservation group has begun a series of talks to community organisations on the activities of its members and the world of the nocturnal badger.

Since the High Peak Badger Group group supported the mass protest against the badger cull in Somerset in 2014, it has continued to work hard raising awareness of the ‘unscientific and inhuman’ cull that it says has failed to reduce levels of the damaging bTB virus affecting cattle herds.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has promoted the work of the group in its activities in collaboration with landowners to protect the species and the roll-out of its vaccination programme.

Rod Leach, group secretary, said: “This year has proved one of the most challenging since I joined the group in 1986.

“The work of the group has increased markedly and has placed heavy demands on the volunteers.

“We have increased our co-operation with the Derbyshire Constabulary wildlife crime officers and our increased vigilance has seen no repeat of the disruption of the kind experienced earlier in the year, which caused distress to both the badgers and landowners in the villages of North Derbyshire.

“We are running a recruitment campaign to swell our members.

“Anyone who would like to support us, by becoming active representatives or by contributing with membership on our current annual family membership of £12 will support the work.”

The group is now busy organising its annual ‘Badger Ball’ to be held at Furness Vale Social Club on Saturday (December 12).

Tickets are available at £7 for the disco, including a chilli-con-carne supper, and can be purchased by contacting 01663 747506 or by email on baileysbadgers@hotmail.com.

Anyone wishing to find out more information about the group can either email the committee on hpbrg@gmail.com or visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/highpeakbadgergroup.