Badgers keep badgering
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