The more detailed report you can provide the better. If you are able to perform sett surveys or are interested in being trained let us know. .All reports are forwarded to our sett records officer who will check if we already know of a sett in that area. If so, the sett record will be cross-checked and updated. If not, the potential new sett will be logged. For RTA or other sighting reports we also log the number and frequency of sightings in the area. An increase might point to an underlying problem such as sett disturbance or changes in traffic patterns. Our fieldworkers will decide if we need to come visit the site and how urgently. Generally we will prioritise sett visits if the information has changed significantly or a sett has not previously been recorded or there are any concerns for the badgers.
OBG aims to acknowledge all reports it receives and will contact you for more details if necessary. If you are a member, we will let you know if we plan to visit the sett and ask if you are interested in coming along for some sett survey training.
Data protection: OBG complies with the data protection act. We need to keep sett records indefinitely. This includes any that are destroyed or become disused. With your permission we will also retain your contact details linked to your reports. Please tell us if you do not want to be contacted by OBG or withdraw permission to retain your personal information.
All reports relating to badgers are kept in strict confidence - see our information policy.
OBG is passionate about maps - we are all familiar with maps showing human habitations, roads and land use. Can you imagine what a badger map of Oxfordshire would look like? OBG holds a much treasured, and very elderly OS map that is marked with red dots showing all the setts we know of. We hope to transfer the information onto a modern, digital map. We take our inspiration from how Oxford Universities researchers have comprehensively mapped the badgers at Wytham Woods. We thank Professor David Macdonald and the Wytham Woods team at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford for showing the way.
OBG cannot - and need not - attempt to map its sett records in this detail. Sett information is anyway confidential, we could never share our map details outside the group. Still, we plan to give the project our best shot. It will be a secret treasure. Should - when - the Badger Cull comes to Oxford it will be vital to know the location of setts so we can defend them.