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New badger video highlights ineffectiveness of RSPB's electric 'predator fences'




A new video has emerged of a badger climbing a fence, reinforcing the ineffectiveness of the RSPB's electric predator fences.


The charity has claimed it uses electric fences to protect birds on its reserves from predators. The problem is though these fences don't work.


In May it was reported that an entire avocet colony at RSPB’s Burton Mere Wetlands had been wiped out after being predated.

 

The RSPB had assumed their expensively installed electric fences would prevent predators from carrying out attacks. Unfortunately, once again, this was not the case and a badger was able to cross the fence and decimate the colony.

 

It raises questions on why no one at the charity is learning from their mistakes and continuing to spend vast amounts of charitable funds on fences which don’t work? The cost of a fence can be upwards from £20,000.

 

The above video, which is not on a RSPB reserve, shows just how determined badgers can be when they want to get somewhere and no amount of fencing is going to keep them out.

 

Earlier this year the RSPB were investigated by police after a manual advised staff to use honey to bait badgers to give them an electric shock.


The guidance on how to keep predators out of the charity’s reserves said that cotton wool, soaked with a bait and attached to an electric fence, can be “extremely effective at encouraging animals to experience a shock” and therefore keep them away.

 

 

 

 

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