Badgers get new £20,000 home
9 December 2003 - Huddersfield Daily Examiner
By Henryk Zientek
HOME DEVELOPERS have started work on a
scheme to convert a disused mill - after first re-housing a family
of badgers. The badgers had dug a sett on land
belonging to Upper Sunnybank Mills at Red Lane, Meltham.
Slaithwaite-based developer Park View
Builders Ltd called in experts from Kirklees Badger Protection Group
to help the badgers "move house" to a new sett on land nearby. A watch was kept on the badgers to
make sure they settled into their new surroundings.
Roger Fell, of Park View, said the
company had spent about £20,000 to re-home the badgers - including
the cost of administration and acquiring the land for the new
sett. He joked: "We have provided them with
four-bedroom accommodation. They've been given everything except the
Badger setts consists of several
entrance holes and tunnels leading to underground sleeping chambers.
Badger numbers have increased in recent years as greater efforts to
protect them led to fewer setts being disturbed.
He said: "It has taken us three years
of hard work to get to this stage - re-housing the badgers and going
through the planning process."
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