Road Traffic Accident (RTA) victims
Most of the injured badgers found are RTA's. Many are killed outright but many are injured and can recover if treated promptly. Next time you see a badger lying motionless in the road, please stop and check it. If it is alive, you may be able to help save it or at least minimise its suffering.
Carry a Rescue Kit
An old blanket or coat
Large plastic sheet
Stout stick or half a broom stick; hammer handle
Torch or multi-purpose lantern
Rubber gardening gloves (to wear while moving a dead badger)
If you see a badger but are unable to stop
Try and judge the animal's status (or get a passenger to look, if possible)
Make a note of the animal's position (distance to next junction on mileometer)
Call for help as soon as possible
If you find a badger on the road
Park sensibly near the badger to protect it from other vehicles without endangering yourself or other road users.
Put your hazard warning lights on; you mustn't endanger yourself or others.
A flashing emergency light placed between the badger and oncoming traffic will be a help
Examine the Badger
Is it dead or alive? This is not always obvious.
Using your stick, gently but firmly stroke the back of the badger's neck.
Keep your fingers well away - it may twist around suddenly and bite the stick.
Is there any reaction?
If it strikes out and bites the stick be very careful; cover it with a blanket top keep it dark and quiet.
If not, watch for movement in the chest and abdomen, indicating that the badger is breathing.
If unconscious, each breath may be long, slow and shallow, so you need to be observant and patient.
Hold your stick by the badger's jaws and put one hand on the chest to see if you can detect movement.
If not, move your hand to the abdomen and see if you can detect a rise and fall.
If the Badger is still alive
Call for help
Ring your local Badger Group (01244544823) contact or the Police on 999 if the badger is a possible hazard
Badgers have sharp teeth and powerful jaws to defend themselves.
Protect the animal from further injury by staying with it until help arrives.
If possible, put a flashing warning light in the road between the badger and oncoming traffic.
Leave it where it is if possible and wait for rescuers with equipment.
Cover with the blanket or coat to keep it warm.
If no-one can collect it and you have a suitable sturdy container, manoeuvre the badger into it, using a broom, grasper or blanket.
Contact the nearest Rescue Centre and immediately take the badger there for assessment and treatment.
Move the badger by taking hold of the loose skin at the neck and the rump.
Move to the verge or place on a blanket, coat or plastic sheet and lift this, rather than directly handling the badger.
Or you can roll the animal onto the cloth and drag this to the verge.
Cover with the blanket or coat to retain warmth until rescuers come.
Never try to lift a badger by the tail alone.
If the Badger is dead
Put your gardening gloves on if necessary and move the badger by taking hold of the loose skin at the neck and the rump.
Put the body well away from the road to beside a hedge or under shrubs if possible.
Notify the local Badger Group; they may want to examine the body, especially early in the year, in case it is a lactating female.
They can have terrible injuries if trapped in a snare for some time and the pain and distress will make them dangerous.
Do not cut the snare wire unless the badger is securely held on a grasper as it may try and escape.
Cover the badger with a warm blanket or cloth while you wait for help.
Contact a Badger Group, give directions and wait for them to come and help.
They will secure the casualty with 1 or more graspers, cut the wire and take it for treatment.
If the skin is unbroken the badger will still need to be observed for 2-3 days in case it has internal damage.
Badger Baiting or Disturbance
If you see men acting suspiciously near a badger sett, don't watch them openly as they might be violent.
Stay out of sight if possible, observe them and make notes to help the police:
Details of the people involved; their height, build, hair colour & cut, clothing, distinctive features.
Details of their equipment; spades, sacks, nets, dogs.
A description of what they were doing; digging a hole, filling in a hole, etc.
Anything you have overheard them saying, especially names and anything relating to badgers.
If you have a camera and can turn off the flash, take some photographs of the scene.
If you are seen, or have to pass near them to leave the area, don't stop or ask what they are doing.
Act naturally; stroll past and away then look for their vehicles and note make, colour, registration numbers.
If you have a camera and can use it from cover, take a video or photographs of the men.
Take useful notes of their descriptions and actions to help the police if possible.
Call your local Police Wildlife Officer if you have the number, otherwise 999 or 101 and your local wildlife centre
Other useful numbers:
Crimestoppers - 0800 555111
RSPCA - 0300 1234 999
Badger Trust - 0845 828 7878
Give clear instructions on how to reach the location or arrange to meet them at a nearby landmark if necessary.
If the police and RSPCA arrest and prosecute the culprits, the notes you make at the time will be vital to the case.
Make sure that you record the event clearly and make detailed notes of everything you see.
If you return to the scene with the police, continue to make notes.