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Ask An Expert Service
We provide an Ask An Expert service to answer your email queries about badgers in the UK and Ireland (Eire). We make no charge for this service (if you provide us with your name, town, county and email address). We provide this service in our "spare" time, so you should not expect an immediate reply. In using this service, you accept our Terms and Conditions.

Ask An Expert - Terms and Conditions

Charges

We make no charge for providing this email service. However, with your prior approval, we reserve the right to charge for materials (such as our leaflets, booklets, presentations, Adobe PDF documents and ebooks sent through the post, by download or by email).

Response Times

We will try to reply within 5 working days of receiving your email, but this is dependent on our available resources, and we can not guarantee to reply within this period. From time-to-time we can be deluged by so many emails that we can not answer them all quickly.

Usage of the Service

We reserve the right to decline to provide advice (whether free or otherwise). We especially reserve the right to decline to provide free advice where you are a large corporate body or government department or where you intend to use the information for commercial purposes, or where the giving of free advice would deprive a UK-based charity of income, or where we have grounds to believe that actual or potential abuse of badgers or other animals has or may take place.

Your use of the service confirms your acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Suitability

Our Ask An Expert service is mainly designed to be used by ordinary members of the public who have occasional or intermittent problems with badgers, or pupils or students who have a badger-related assignment to complete. That said, we will do our best to answer other queries. If your interest in badgers is a commercial one (e.g. you are a property developer) or a health and safety one (e.g. badgers are digging under your buildings, garage, driveway or paths), then you need to contact a Badger Consultant or a Badger Group so they can do a proper badger survey.

Users 16 and under

If you are aged 16 or under, please get your parent/guardian's permission beforehand whenever you provide personal information to Badgerland. Users without this consent are not allowed to provide us with personal information.

Materials

In the vast majority of cases, we will try to answer your questions by email, but this may not always be possible. In these cases, we will either reply by post, or refer you to other materials (on the internet or elsewhere) or suggest you contact your local Badger Group. We can not and do not provide copies of other works where these are or may be protected by copyright.

Copyright

Unless stated otherwise, we retain copyright in all replies. You have a right to use the information in our replies for your own sole, non-commercial use, but you do not acquire the right to copy or distribute that information or use it for any other purposes. You do not have the right to represent any part of our reply as being your own work.

Schools and Students

Remember that very many students are given projects to do about badgers. Whilst we always try and answer your questions to the best of our ability, your teacher, lecturer, or other students or pupils may also have used our service too. Generally, we try to provide educational advice which is suitable for your age and study course.

If you are still at school, we will try and provide you with helpful information to help you prepare homework and school projects.

If you are at college and university, we will be more likely to provide you with commonly available references for you to research and interpret yourself. We very strongly believe that education at a higher level involves you (the student) in getting to grips with gathering information so that you can create your own original work.

Risk

Any advice we give is necessarily based on the information you give to us. So that we can advise you accurately, the more information you can give us the better. If there are any areas where we consider there to be a risk (or suspect there may be a risk), we will recommend that you seek the advice of a recognised local badger expert, who can carry out a detailed ground survey and give you definite advice.

Liability

Unless specifically accepted otherwise, we do not accept any liability for loss, damage or injury, from any advice we give, or due to any failure to advise you. In particular, we can not give you permission to alter or block or remove any badger sett (whether in current use or otherwise), and we can not give you permission to keep, move or cull any badger. Before you attempt to do anything which might harm or interfere with a badger or any badger sett, you must satisfy a recognised local badger expert that all such action is within the law, and that any necessary Badger Licence has been obtained. Irrespective of any advice we may or may not give, responsibility for obtaining a Badger Licence always remains with you. You also accept responsibility assessing, managing and mitigating against any and all Health and Safety issues.

Data Protection

We are registered under the Data Protection Act and undertake to safeguard your data. We will not distribute your information in public or use your images without your prior permission.

Illegal Activities

Badgerland do not condone illegal activities. If we suspect some-one is involved in badger persecution, digging baiting or other harm to badgers or other wildlife or crime activities, they will be reported to the relevant police authorities and other responsible organisations who could assist in the detection, deterrence and prosecution of such potential offences.

Hunting with dogs is illegal. For the avoidance of doubt, non-violent sabs who protest against any form of hunting or badger persecution will be offered hugs, thanks and best wishes.

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