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Badger Trust

The Badger Trust, formerly the National Federation of Badger Groups (NFBG),[1] is a British animal welfare charity.[2] It represents around sixty groups dedicated to the conservation and protection of the European badger.[3]

Badger Trust
PredecessorThe National Federation of Badger Groups
TypeRegistered Charity
Key people
Dominic Dyer, CEO

The trust campaigns against badger culling in the United Kingdom.[4] The trust filed legal challenges in the High Court against planned badger culls, challenging a planned cull in Wales in 2010.[5] The Trust won a temporary halt to the Welsh cull.[6] In 2012, the Trust's lawyers sent a 16-page legal letter to Natural England, which licensed a badger cull, calling upon the agency to stop a planned cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset;[7][8] in 2014, the Trust filed a challenge in High Court to this planned cull.[9] This challenge was unsuccessful.[10] In 2016, the Badger Trust spoke out against plans to expand badger culling to five new areas in south-west England; the group's chief executive, Dominic Dyer, said that the four years of badger culling had "been a disastrous failure on scientific, cost and humaneness grounds" and called for a halt.[11]

In 2014, the group issued a report about illegal snaring and hunting of badgers in Britain.[12]

Local GroupsEdit

Local Badger Groups are the direct action side of the Badger Trust. Badger Trust represents the activities of a wide network of local voluntary Badger Groups in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, all working for the protection of their local badgers. [13]

The 61 local groups are;

  • Badger Rescue: Essex
  • Badger Trust - West Midlands
  • Badger Trust - West Sussex
  • Badger Trust Isle of Wight
  • Badger Trust Sussex
  • Badger Watch & Rescue Dyfed
  • Badger Watch Ireland
  • Bedfordshire Badger Group
  • Binfield Badger Group
  • Buckinghamshire Badger Group
  • Burton on Trent & Lichfield
  • Calderdale Badger Protection Group
  • Cambridgeshire Mammal Group
  • Clwyd Badger Group
  • Cornwall Badger Rescue & Brock
  • Devon Badger Group
  • Dorset Mammal Group
  • Durham County Badger Group
  • Dyfi Badger Group
  • East Kent Badger Group
  • East Surrey Badger Protection Society
  • East Yorkshire Badger Protection
  • Essex Badger Protection Group
  • Glamorgan Badger Group
  • Gloucestershire Badger Group
  • Gwent Badger Group
  • Harlow Badger Group (incl. Epping Forest District)
  • Herefordshire Badger Group
  • Herts and Middlesex Badger Group
  • High Peak Badger Group
  • Kirklees Badger Protection Group
  • Lancashire Badger Group
  • Leeds and District Badger Group
  • Leicestershire and Rutland Badger Group
  • Mid Derbyshire Badger Group
  • Neath and Port Talbot Badger Group
  • New Forest Badger Group
  • Norfolk Badger Trust
  • North East Essex Badger Group
  • North East Staffs
  • North Northants Badgers
  • North Riding Badger Group
  • Northern Ireland Badger Group
  • Northumberland Badger Group
  • Oxfordshire Badger Group
  • Ryedale Badger Group
  • Shropshire Badger Group
  • Somerset Badger Group
  • South Derbyshire Badger Group
  • South Downs Badger Protection Group
  • South Yorkshire Badger Group
  • Staffordshire Badger Conservation Group
  • Stokesley & District Badger Group
  • Suffolk Mammal Group
  • Uttlesford Badger Group
  • Wakefield District Badger Group
  • Warwickshire Badger Group
  • West Kent Badger Group
  • West Surrey Badger Group
  • Wiltshire Badger Group
  • Wirral and Cheshire Badger Group


  1. ^ Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee; Parliament Great Britain House of Commons (15 March 2006). Bovine TB: Badger Culling, Sixth Report of Session 2005-06, Vol. 2: Oral and Written Evidence. The Stationery Office. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-215-02789-4. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  2. ^ Aslet, Clive (2012-09-17). "Spare the badger your tears..." The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  3. ^ Meredith, Charlotte (2013-02-27). "Controversial badger cull given the go-ahead despite outrage from animal welfare groups". Daily Express. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  4. ^ Driver, Alistair (2011-09-11). "Badger Trust loses legal battle to halt badger cull". The Farmers Guardian. Archived from the original on 9 November 2012.
  5. ^ Steven Morris, Badger charity challenges Welsh cull, The Guardian (March 22, 2010).
  6. ^ James Meikle, Judges halt Welsh badger cull, The Guardian (July 13, 2010).
  7. ^ Badger Trust letter to Natural England attempting to halt badger cull, The Guardian (October 22, 2012).
  8. ^ Damian Carrington, Badger cull under threat from last-minute legal challenge, The Guardian (October 21, 2012).
  9. ^ Badger cull faces fresh legal challenge, Press Association (August 21, 2014).
  10. ^ Adam Vaughan, Badger cull campaigners lose legal battle, The Guardian (October 29, 2014).
  11. ^ Alice Ross, Badger cull protesters change tactics in response to expansion, The Guardian (August 23, 2016).
  12. ^ Damian Carrington, Illegal snaring of badgers rising, report finds, The Guardian (October 2, 2014).
  13. ^ Badger Trust Website, Badger Trust Website, The Badger Trust (June 04, 2018).

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