Somerset Badger Patrol

We're very excited! We have a bumper badger day lined up for you on Saturday 15 August in Somerset and we'd love for you to join us.  

There are not one, not two, but three events planned! You don't have to come to them all, but we'd love it if you did :-)

First up we've got a badger rally and march taking place in Taunton town centre.  We've got some great speakers lined up who are all highly regarded as experts in their subject areas.  The march afterwards may be your last chance before the start of the 2015 badger culls to tell Dave and Liz that you're still opposed to the badger cull policy.

Later in the day we'll be holding a Badger Night Walk in the cull zone, most likely to be in the Washford area (details to be confirmed separately).  After the walk, we'll be holding a candlelit vigil for the 1,296 badgers who were killed in the 2013 and 2014 West Somerset badger culls.  If you're a regular Mary Berry then bring along some cakes as we're planning a bake and share.  If not, just bring yourself and a candle :-)  We have a Facebook page for the event. 

Speeches start at 1 pm in Taunton's Vivary Park, Mount Street, postcode TA1 3QE

Dominic Dyer, CEO of Badger Trust will give us the latest news regarding the badger cull at the national and political level.  Next Mark Jones a vet with the Born Free Foundation will give a vet's viewpoint.  This is a very topical subject given that the British Veterinary Association has recently withdrawn its support for the free shooting of badgers.

Pauline Kidner, founder of Secret World Wildlife Rescue is renowned within the UK for her expertise in caring for very young badger cubs.  Sick and injured badgers are brought into Secret World from all over the south-west so Pauline has the best perspective on what’s been happening to the badger population in recent years.  Last but not least will be Somerset's own 

Adrian Coward  runs his own ecological consultancy company.  Adrian is a highly respected local ecologist as well as being a badger and wildlife crime expert.

The march

We’ve given details of the march to Avon & Somerset Police and Taunton Deane and Somerset County Council both of whom are happy with the arrangements 

The route will take in the main shopping streets of Taunton and both of the main parks.  We'll be using the widest pavements and we'll avoid narrow areas, steps and cobbles.  At a leisurely pace, it will take around 40 to 50 minutes to complete the 1.5-mile route.

A few Police Liaison Team Officers will be on hand in a low-key way to help us make our way around. We'll also have a number of marshals to ensure that nobody gets lost!

We expect the march to kick off around 2 pm straight after the speeches, but please try to get to Vivary Park in good time as we may set off a bit sooner if the speeches take a little less time than we've planned for.

Marshals

We could still do with some more marshals for the event in case of a higher than anticipated turnout or simply if some marshals aren't able to make it on the day.  We'll provide the hi-viz and badge and we'll be eternally grateful to you :-)  If you can help out please either email us or PM Somerset Badger Patrol on Facebook.

Food

If you're hungry after the march you'll find that the centre of Taunton is full of pubs, restaurants and cafes.  If you're looking for vegan food, the Cosy Club is just a stone's throw from Vivary Park although it does recommend that you book a table in advance. If you want something a little less formal there will be a small vegan stall at Castle Green in the area outside of the Winchester Arms pub.  The stall holders have been advised that there might be a few more hungry vegans than they are used to so they may have a few extra burgers in stock.  The stall also has some very interesting and great looking snacks.  The Museum of Somerset is also a great way to while away a couple of hours and it's free.

Parking

There are a couple of large car parks directly opposite Vivary Park.  Paul Street Car Park TA1 3PF and High Street Car Park TA1 3PG are both accessed from Paul Street.

Public transport

If you're coming to Taunton by train, you can either walk to Vivary Park or take a bus or taxi.  The walk will take no more than 20 minutes.  Alternatively buses from the station will take you to The Parade (centre of town) although depending on which way the bus is going you may take a rather circular route!  There is also a taxi rank right outside the rail station.  If you need a taxi back to the station later on there is a taxi rank on Corporation Street.  You can also catch a bus from outside of Fatface in North Street.

Sheriff Badger

Somerset Against The Badger Cull's Sheriff Badger will be joining the march in Taunton and will be travelling from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard by steam train and is looking for a companion with a camera to travel with him (or her!) to take photographs. The rail fare will be paid for by Sheriff Badger.  If you're able to accompany and photograph the Sheriff please get in touch.

Lucky dip

Somerset Badger Patrol regularly hosts a stall at Secret World Wildlife Rescue's open weekends.  We use these fantastic opportunities to speak to people ho care about our wonderful wildlife and to get them interested in the issue of the badger cull.  We usually hold a raffle and sell some small donated items too.  

We use the money raised to make a donation to Secret World with the remainder going to keep the patrols going during the cull.

We'll be hosting a stall again over the bank holiday open weekend and we are hoping to run a lucky dip for children.  If anyone has any small items that they could donate as lucky dip prizes it would be great if you could bring them along to the march or the night walk.

 

Any else you need to know?

If there's anything else you need to know either email or contact us via Facebook.