Campaigners Call for Measures to Prevent Badger Deaths on A61 Bypass in Derbyshire

Badger deaths on a Derbyshire bypass spur calls for fencing and signage to protect the declining UK badger population. Local authorities cite budget constraints, but campaigners push for action.

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Campaigners Call for Measures  to Prevent Badger Deaths on A61 Bypass in Derbyshire

Campaigners Call for Measures to Prevent Badger Deaths on A61 Bypass in Derbyshire

Campaigners from the Mid Derbyshire Badger Group are urging local authorities to install fencing and signage along the A61 Unstone-Dronfield Bypass in north Derbyshire to address the high number of badger fatalities on the road. The group reports finding up to seven badger carcasses in a single day on a five-mile stretch of the 70mph dual carriageway that runs through woodland inhabited by the animals.

The woodland along the bypass is home to badger setts, leading to frequent attempts by the animals to cross the road. With the current lack of fencing and warning signs, badgers are at high risk of being struck by vehicles traveling at high speeds. The Mid Derbyshire Badger Group has launched a petition to raise awareness of the issue and push for action to protect the local badger population.

Why this matters: The UK's badger population has declined by 50% in the last decade due to culling and road accidents. Addressing preventable badger deaths on roads is critical for the conservation of this iconic British species.

The local council has acknowledged the problem but cites budgetary constraints as a barrier to implementing the necessary fencing upgrades. A spokesperson for the council stated, "We are aware of the badger fatalities on the A61 bypass and are working to find a solution. However, our current budgets are limited, and we cannot afford the costs of installing fencing along the entire stretch at this time."

The Mid Derbyshire Badger Group emphasizes that prompt action is needed to prevent further declines in the local badger population. The group's petition has garnered support from local residents and wildlife enthusiasts who want to see measures put in place to allow badgers to safely cross the road or be deterred from attempting to do so. The campaigners hope that by raising awareness and putting pressure on the authorities, funds can be allocated to install fencing and signage to reduce badger deaths on the A61 bypass.

Key Takeaways

  • Badger deaths on A61 bypass in Derbyshire due to lack of fencing and signage.
  • Local group petitions for fencing and signage to protect badgers from road accidents.
  • UK badger population declined 50% in 10 years due to culling and road accidents.
  • Local council acknowledges issue but cites budget constraints as a barrier to action.
  • Campaigners aim to raise awareness and pressure authorities to allocate funds for safety measures.