Badger sett on Roundway Downs destroyed by diggers

This Is Wiltshire: The destroyed badger sett The destroyed badger sett

Police Community Support Officer John Bordiss, a wildlife crime officer with the Rural Crime Team, inspected a site on Roundway Downs Devizes after receiving reports that a badger sett had been dug out and destroyed.

Local people advised that a woman's terrier entered the badger sett, which is immediately next to a byway, sometime on Thursday and was later joined by a man who also started digging to retrieve the dog.

The Wiltshire Police Rural Crime Team works closely with many wildlife and conservation groups and other agencies at county, regional and National levels.

It is understood from the Wiltshire Badger Group that badgers were known to be active in the sett and have now left due to the digging out/disturbance.

Disturbance of badger setts is illegal under the 1992 Badger Act.

In this instance, the badger sett has been totally destroyed at the most sensitive time of year when badgers are still looking after their young. Had the dog owners taken advice from police, Badger Trust or the RSPCA, they would have been informed not to touch the sett but to be patient. In 99 per cent of cases, dogs get themselves out within 48 hours with no damage or injury to dog or badger.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or individuals involved is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

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5:28pm Mon 11 Jun 12

Grumpy of Calne. says...

Did the terrier owner happen to be a member of the hunt!
Did the terrier owner happen to be a member of the hunt! Grumpy of Calne.

8:07pm Mon 11 Jun 12

notscot says...

hmmmmm...... terrier - not a travelling terrier, by any chance?
hmmmmm...... terrier - not a travelling terrier, by any chance? notscot

8:19pm Mon 11 Jun 12

TheDex says...

How utterly ridiculous. As if any dog owner is going to just walk away from a sett for 48 hours in case their dog somehow manages to claw their way out. If my dog went down a sett, I'd do everything I could to get him out! Imagine doing nothing, then discovering 48 hours later that your dog has died down there. 'Oh, that's ok - at least the badgers survived.' Yeah right!!!
How utterly ridiculous. As if any dog owner is going to just walk away from a sett for 48 hours in case their dog somehow manages to claw their way out. If my dog went down a sett, I'd do everything I could to get him out! Imagine doing nothing, then discovering 48 hours later that your dog has died down there. 'Oh, that's ok - at least the badgers survived.' Yeah right!!! TheDex

12:17am Tue 12 Jun 12

jamesharrison says...

Once again - dog owners rule the world and are above the law.

What utter twaddle.

If you can't control your terrier, then perhaps you should ask yourself if you are, in any way, shape or form, a responsible dog owner.

There are too many dogs in the world - if they're not savaging some poor innocent child, they're leaving their excrement everywhere and, as in this case, destroying the wildlife.

That goes for cats too.
Once again - dog owners rule the world and are above the law. What utter twaddle. If you can't control your terrier, then perhaps you should ask yourself if you are, in any way, shape or form, a responsible dog owner. There are too many dogs in the world - if they're not savaging some poor innocent child, they're leaving their excrement everywhere and, as in this case, destroying the wildlife. That goes for cats too. jamesharrison

10:23am Tue 12 Jun 12

devizesboy says...

Agreed. Dogs off leads cannot be controlled. On lead, the dog is close enough to pick up any deposits.

Oh, on those dog walkers that pick up poo, great. To those that then throw it in hedges, well grow up.
Agreed. Dogs off leads cannot be controlled. On lead, the dog is close enough to pick up any deposits. Oh, on those dog walkers that pick up poo, great. To those that then throw it in hedges, well grow up. devizesboy

8:39pm Tue 12 Jun 12

notscot says...

At the risk of repeating myself - was it a travelling terrier?
At the risk of repeating myself - was it a travelling terrier? notscot

8:40pm Tue 12 Jun 12

notscot says...

WHOAH!!!!!
What the HECK happened there?!!!!!
Did anyone else out there see that....?
WHOAH!!!!! What the HECK happened there?!!!!! Did anyone else out there see that....? notscot

3:19pm Wed 13 Jun 12

FromTheWirral says...

All terriers by nature 'travel' per se, unless they are deceased, dead, no more. Then their travelling days are somewhat limited. However, if you're question is 'is it a traveller's terrier' then this may well elicit a response to your oft asked question... Would it make a difference if it was?
All terriers by nature 'travel' per se, unless they are deceased, dead, no more. Then their travelling days are somewhat limited. However, if you're question is 'is it a traveller's terrier' then this may well elicit a response to your oft asked question... Would it make a difference if it was? FromTheWirral

3:24pm Wed 13 Jun 12

FromTheWirral says...

Your not you're (am a bit tired and emotional)...
Your not you're (am a bit tired and emotional)... FromTheWirral

5:15pm Wed 13 Jun 12

Againsttheflow says...

I agree with the dex, no way would anyone leave a dog in the middle of nowhere down a badger set, to some people a dog means as much as their children, would you question this if a child went down a badger set? no!
I agree with the dex, no way would anyone leave a dog in the middle of nowhere down a badger set, to some people a dog means as much as their children, would you question this if a child went down a badger set? no! Againsttheflow

10:05am Thu 14 Jun 12

devizesboy says...

Againsttheflow wrote:
I agree with the dex, no way would anyone leave a dog in the middle of nowhere down a badger set, to some people a dog means as much as their children, would you question this if a child went down a badger set? no!
I doubt you would reclassly use a spade but rather seek assistance from people that know what they are doing. Dogs like children need responsible owners.
[quote][p][bold]Againsttheflow[/bold] wrote: I agree with the dex, no way would anyone leave a dog in the middle of nowhere down a badger set, to some people a dog means as much as their children, would you question this if a child went down a badger set? no![/p][/quote]I doubt you would reclassly use a spade but rather seek assistance from people that know what they are doing. Dogs like children need responsible owners. devizesboy

2:32pm Sun 17 Jun 12

Don Jones says...

Againsttheflow wrote:
I agree with the dex, no way would anyone leave a dog in the middle of nowhere down a badger set, to some people a dog means as much as their children, would you question this if a child went down a badger set? no!
Am I alone in finding this post a little disturbing? And, for that matter, the whole thing is a little fishy.
[quote][p][bold]Againsttheflow[/bold] wrote: I agree with the dex, no way would anyone leave a dog in the middle of nowhere down a badger set, to some people a dog means as much as their children, would you question this if a child went down a badger set? no![/p][/quote]Am I alone in finding this post a little disturbing? And, for that matter, the whole thing is a little fishy. Don Jones

11:46am Thu 21 Jun 12

devizesboy says...

I agree Don, comparing dogs with children is creepy.
I agree Don, comparing dogs with children is creepy. devizesboy

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