Badgers get their own crossings

Drivers are being asked to take special care on rural roads  because the breeding season is fast  approaching and  the young start to leave their families. Experts estimate that vehicles kill 50,000 of the animals each year, particularly when  they emerge at night in search of food.

The Badger Trust said: “Traffic is the number one threat and new roads can divide territories and result in more deaths as badgers continue along their traditional routes. Motorists need to be particularly careful and go around corners ready to brake. If a vehicle is coming the other way you can see its headlights, but animals don’t have headlights.”

The Highways Agency now considers badger safety when building new roads. As part of the £175m upgrade of the main route between England and Scotland, badger-proof fencing and tunnels are being created to give wildlife a safe route under the motorway.

A dozen such “badger mitigation” schemes are being developed around the country and will join the 250 badger tunnels and some 200km of fencing already along some of Britain’s roads. The proposed high-speed rail line form London to Leeds will also feature these badger-safe accessories.

But the Badger Trust says more needs to be done and  is calling for a co-ordinated policy and greater funding to protect the animals from traffic.

2 responses to “Badgers get their own crossings

  1. Well I’m glad there are some who are looking out for these amazing animals!

  2. Pingback: New highway bridge will help wildlife: Roadkill avoidance tips: Save Selkirk caribou « Animals of the Gorge

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