Badgers keep bad­ger­ing

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

SEE that my con­tention about the dec­i­ma­tion of ground-nest­ing birds by badgers is sup­ported by Spring­watch, which showed badgers acting de­struc­tively at RSPB con­ser­va­tion area Mins­mere. The RSPB’S so­lu­tion has been to erect a very strong and ex­pen­sive fence to pro­tect the birds and to em­ploy staff to fill in the holes be­neath the fence that have been tun­nelled overnight by badgers. As such a so­lu­tion is not prac­ti­cal in the open coun­try­side, I see lit­tle

Ihope of pro­tect­ing the ecol­ogy from their depre­da­tion un­less we keep the badger pop­u­la­tion at a rea­son­able level, as has been the prac­tice for gen­er­a­tions.

May I sug­gest that, in each par­ish, a se­lected farmer, game­keeper or Na­tional Trust ranger should be li­censed by De­fra to carry out this task if and when nec­es­sary, linked with a re­spon­si­bil­ity to main­tain ap­pro­pri­ate records? Cedric Steven­son, Der­byshire

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