Badger Event at Tunbridge Wells Lush

Valerie Russell from the the West Kent Badger Group has organised two more events at Lush in Tunbridge Wells on 10th August and 26th October 2024. The events will take place in the morning but we can stay all day.

We'll be be distributing leaflets and raising awareness of our group, as well as highlighting the ongoing badger cull. This will be particularly important, given that it is the year of the General Election.

We would love as many members as possible to join us at the events!


Cudham Environmental Activities Centre Open Day

Cudham Environmental Activities Centre Open Day - June 29th 2024 from 11am to 4pm

Please join us at the Cudham Environmental Activities Centre Open Day as the centre celebrates its 50th birthday.

At 11:30am, the West Kent Badger Group will be providing information and leading a walk around the site, looking for signs of badgers.

Please see the flyer here for more details.

 

-- Kathie Foster


WKBG AGM 2024

The WKBG will be holding its AGM at 19:00 on Wednesday 19th June at Otford Memorial Hall.

Come and meet other members, hear about the work of the group and enjoy a talk about the work of the wonderful Folly Wildlife Rescue by Jessica Cater.


Badger Events at Tunbridge Wells Lush

Valerie Russell from the the West Kent Badger Group has organised three events at LUSH in Tunbridge Wells on 13th April, 10th August and 26th October 2024. The events will take place in the morning but we can stay all day.

We'll be be distributing leaflets and raising awareness of our group, as well as highlighting the ongoing badger cull. This will be particularly important, given that it is the year of the General Election.

We would love as many members as possible to join us at the events!


Heavy Horse Show

Heavy Horse Show - Sunday 4th September

We are very pleased to be attending the Heavy Horse Show in Shoreham again this year. Please come along to see us at our stand and find out more about our activities.

We have a number of new items to sell, activities for children and WKBG committee members to talk to about all aspects of badger lives and activities.

And yes our friendly badger will be there again this year !


AMG - Saturday 21st May 2.00pm

AGM Saturday 21st May 2.00pm
We are very pleased that our 2022 AGM will be in person on Saturday 21st May 2pm at Hildenborough Village Hall 10 Riding Lane, Hildenborough,TN11 9HY. Our guest speaker is Sgt Darren Walshaw Rural Crime Unit.
There is parking opposite the hall and there is easy access to the main hall.
We hope you can join us and find our what the group has been involved in over the last year and what our plans are for coming one. Everyone welcome free of charge, but donations appreciated.


Jeskyns Walk

Member's event - May 14th 1pm Walk at Jeskyns Community Woodland Henhurst Rd, Gravesend DA12 3AN
Jeskyns is home to 360 acres of newly planted woodlands, meadows and orchards. With a good network of surfaced walking trails, children's play areas, café and even a dog activity trail, there is something for everyone to explore at any time of the year.
The WKBG was contacted during the consultation process leading to the late and much missed Barbara Wilkinson and myself walking the site giving suggestions on how the badgers could be protected. The fact that all three clans are still there is something I am very pleased about as should everyone involved in the project. The walk offers the chance to see how badgers can be protected when a park is established whilst at the same time learning about the woodland and its badgers. Volunteers and a park ranger from Jeskyns will also be attending the walk so it is a great opportunity to educate them about badgers, ensuring that they are even better protected. The park has no major undulations and has good car parking so why not join like minded people for an enjoyable stroll.
If you are interested please contact us - westkentbadgergroup@yahoo.co.uk for more information and to give us some idea of numbers. We meet outside the café which is near the carpark.
Details of parking https://www.forestryengland.uk/jeskyns


Debbie Bailey on Badger Vaccination – online event

Thursday 31st  March at 7.30pm  – online event

Debbie Bailey, leading the most successful volunteer-based Vaccination project for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, will be our guest speaker

In 2020 38,642 badgers were killed, the highest number since the current cull began in 2013, taking the total to 140,000. The number of badgers killed in 2021 have not been released yet, but it was extended to 7 new areas with a maximum kill quota stated as 73,930.

Jo Smith, chief executive of Derbyshire Wildlife trust, says; ‘The main cause of bovine TB is from cattle-to-cattle transmission. Badgers are not the main culprit, yet thousands are killed each year. For year The Wildlife Trusts have been at the forefront of vaccinating badger. It is now time for the Government to step up it’s commitment and implement a badger vaccination strategy alongside the development of a vaccination for cattle against the disease’

Join our event and find out what is involved in vaccinating badgers. Email WKBG from this website or westkentbadgergroup@yahoo.co.uk to join.