We attempt to reduce the number of Road Traffic Accident victims (RTAs) in our area through our ‘RTA Campaign’. This campaign consists of several elements:
Rescuing injured badgers
Not all badgers hit by motor vehicles are killed straightaway – some are left injured on the road. We have Rescue Officers equipped to rescue these casualties. In many cases, the injuries are very severe and the badgers we rescue have to be put to sleep to end their suffering. But some survive, and when they are fit and well these badgers are released back into the wild.
We collate reports of dead badgers seen on our roads. In the past we have gone out to the casualties to log their exact locations, record other items of information, and move the bodies from the roadside. The high cost of fuel means that this is no longer a regular practice.
By recording exactly where badgers are run over, we are able to identify “RTA blackspots” – those stretches of road where badgers are killed year after year.
Targetting RTA blackspots
After identifying a number of RTA blackspots in our area, we managed to get road signs erected on some of those stretches of road (see photo above). These were paid for with funding from national charities such as Care for the Wild, as Northamptonshire County Council would not pay for the signs. Each pair of signs cost over £500.
We have also made people aware of the RTA problem, and what can be done to cut the carnage on our roads, through features in the press, exhibitions, leaflets, and this web page!