West Cornwall Badger Group history

History of West Cornwall Badger Group

West Cornwall Badger Group was launched on December 7th 2000 at the Acorn Theatre, Penzance when the people of West Cornwall got their first opportunity to attend a public gathering arranged solely for people interested in badgers.

About 100 local people attended the evening - particularly because since most of Penwith had been declared a 'pro-active zone' in the Ministry of Agriculture’s (now DEFRA) experiment to determine whether killing badgers reduces the incidence of bovine TB in cattle, there had been great public interest but little information easily available. Subsequently our constitution was agreed and West Cornwall Badger Group was formed as part of 'Brock', the Cornwall branch of The Badger Trust.

The Badger Trust promotes the conservation, welfare and protection of badgers, their setts and habitats. It represents and supports 80 local voluntary badger groups throughout Britain, provides expert advice on all badger issues and works closely with MPs, the police and other organisations.

The Badger Trust does not support or condone illegal actions and uses all lawful means to campaign against the Government’s badger culling trial and to press the Government for positive solutions.

The Badger Trust and its partners believe that the way forward is a package of measures designed to reduce the risks of infection cattle, but which are practical for farmers, humane for cattle, caring for wildlife and acceptable to the public.

Initially members of West Cornwall Badger Group were keen to learn more about badger ecology through a series of talks, and now they continue to share information from all sides in the badger debate through the Peninsulabadgers e-group.

Our campaign against the culling trial achieved extensive coverage in the local press, as well as both BBC and independent local radio and television.