Reflective posts could save badgers
January 2004 - SurreyOnline
AdamsREFLECTIVE posts could be erected in a
village to stop badgers darting across the road and getting
About five animals were hit on a small
stretch of road in Dormansland in early December.
The posts frighten the badgers away
from the road by reflecting car headlight beams.
If approved, they will be put up in
the northern end of High Street, near Memorial Hill, where woodland
borders the road.
Barry Venn, the clerk at Dormansland
Parish Council, said: "There were five deaths on a very short
stretch of road within two weeks."
Jane Vogt, chairman, said: "We haven't
had any more fatalities on that road and the worry is the whole sett
has been done away with."
Parish Councillor David Williams has
been given the task of co-ordinating the project with Mid Sussex
Badger Group and the highways authorities.
Surrey County Council's highways
division has got to approve them before they can be put in, he
Jeff Hayden, from Mid Sussex Badger
Group, which is donating the posts, addressed the parish council on
the issue at a meeting on December 1.
Speaking last week, he said the number
of posts depended on how many pathways the badgers used on that
stretch of road.
He said: "They have established paths.
It's where those paths come out on the road where we put the
The jury is still out on whether or
not they work, he added.
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