Slug and Starlight. Slug (at the front) was rescued after a call to BTG and then cared for at Vale Wildlife Hospital
If you come across an injured badger or any animal then we recommend that you contact one of the following charities for help and advice.
Vale Wildlife Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre, Beckford, Tewkesbury GL20 7AN
BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 5pm & 7am if you find an injured FOX, BADGER or DEER or if you need to speak to someone urgently please ring our EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM ON: 07961 413 574
IMPORTANT – This number is not to be used for anything other than large mammal casualties or urgent queries.
From 5pm until 7.00am, we are on answerphone but the hospital is staffed 24/7 so casualties can be brought to us at any time (there is no need to ring beforehand).
If you do have a casualty or you need immediate advice, please ring us on 01386 882 288 (7am-5pm).
Vale saw an increase in rescues last year. It costs £50,00 a month to keep up this work to give animals this first rate care.
Help Vale continue their essential work that gives care to so many.
RSPCA Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue, Blakehill Nature Reserve, Malmesbury Road, Cricklade SN6 6RH (SN6 6RA for sat nav)
Telephone: 01793 751412
Order a wildlife first response kit. Not specifically for badgers, but for any creature that might need help. Endorsed by none other than Chris Packham.
There are many reasons badgers might need emergency care, but the main threat to badgers – apart from the cull – is from roads.
Slow down. Report. Save lives.
In a 1995 study, it was estimated that as many as 50,000 badgers were killed on the roads each year – equating to a fifth of the adult population. Local studies in the mid to late 1990s have estimated as much as 66% of the population were being killed on roads per year. Badgers consistently top the list of most numerous victims of road traffic accidents of mammal species, and in 2019 came second only to pheasants of all UK species.
In Gloucestershire, this is our 7th year of keeping records of county-wide badger RTAs. Spring is always the worst time for casualties – many of which are cubs making their first forays away from the sett or females feeding closer to the sett than usual.
A Gloucestershire sett right next to a busy A road.
RTAs can be reported using the form on the national Badger Trust website and details are passed on to the local group. In March and April, it may be possible to save dependent cubs if we hear about the death of a mother quickly enough.
Rescue gives a chance of life after traumatic events.
From April 2021. Five adorable badger cubs – rescued from flooding in Shropshire – a county that is now a cull zone.