Heavy Horse Show in Shoreham. Sunday 1st September 2019

Come and visit the West Kent Badger Stall in the big marquee!

The annual show is organised by Sevenoaks Lions and takes place in a large field on the edge of Shoreham village ( Kent, not Sussex!). There are 100s of stalls and a whole variety of entertainment varying from a tractor parade to Punch and Judy performances. There are horses, retriever dogs, birds of prey as well as craft stalls, refreshments and steam engines to enjoy. The West Kent Badger Group stalls offer opportunities to purchase badger related merchandise. We also have our field officers on hand to offer advice along with a new set of leaflets to help those anxious about badgers in their garden  or those who would like to know more about how to watch badgers. It is a good opportunity for people to join the West Kent Badger Group. We will have plenty of application available!

Nature Needs You! An event at Maidstone Museum on Saturday 31st August from 10 until 3.30!

A celebration of nature with stalls, trails, craft activities and more!

The WKBG is delighted to be joining other wildlife groups at this special information event at Maidstone Museum. Our volunteers will be there with information and leaflets about badgers and their needs. We will have a range of badger related merchandise available and an information board illustrating some of the challenges faced by our Kent ‘brocks’. Application forms will be available for those interested in joining the group. Come along and say hello!

All About Badgers

Friday 25th January 2019

Over 130 people packed Shoreham Village Hall to hear a rousing speech by Dominic Dyer from The Badger Trust. Dominic Dyer handed out copies of Chris Packham’s Peoples Manifesto for Wildlife. The photo shown was sent to Chris Packham to illustrate our support.

The wonderful Hop Pickers musical group helped to make the evening very special. Caterer, Agneta Edwards, provided some delicious vegan food and there were many badger bargains snapped up on the Bring and Buy Stall.

The evening increased our resolve to do all we can to protect our precious Kent badgers.  Thank you to all who attended and especially to those who have joined the group. Anyone who would like to become a member can find the application form on this website.

The photo above was taken to send to Chris Packham to assure him that he has many supporters in West Kent.

West Kent Badger Group Annual General Meeting 2019 took place on Saturday, 27th April at 2pm at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve (Bradbourne Vale Road TN13 3DH).

Speaker,  Luke Steele, from The League Against Cruel Sports, gave a powerful presentation on the devastating impact on wildlife from the grouse and other game birds industry. 

The committee has two new members- Kathie Foster and Robert D’Arcy who were welcomed ‘on board’. Sheila Birkin was elected chairman, Gary Cliffe is secretary, Andy Palmer is treasurer, Gerald Carr remains as membership secretary and Dave Witherspoon and Derek Wilkinson continue as field officers. Pen Lewington and Karen Gillen, along with Derek, are focusing on events. We hope to offer a summer walk for members later in the year and it was suggested we run another ‘All About Badgers’ event. It was confirmed that the WKBG is now a full member of the Badger Trust . More details on the AGM will appear in the Summer edition of the newsletter

Training sessions for volunteers interested in rescuing badgers.

Trainer, Dave Witherspoon, led the training session on 24th March when 7 participants were provided with detailed information about the life of the badger and what is involved in rescues. Dave used his purpose built training room plus an ‘on site’ visit to a local sett as the venues for the morning. The WKBG is hoping to create a list of volunteers who will be able to assist with the large numbers of requests we have over a year for assistance with injured badgers and where a badger has been run over and killed, help with searching for cubs.

A further training session took place on Sunday 21st July when Dave Witherspoon gave a talk to new volunteers. Unfortunately, due to  the heavy rain that morning, the group did not make a visit to the sett Dave uses to go through some aspects of the training but fortunately, most of the attendees were experienced in what to look out for when looking for and at a badger sett.