The Badger Sett: crafty activism

Badger Sett logo by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

The Badger Sett is a collective of creatives fundraising for the Badger Trust’s brilliant badger vaccination project. 

The Badger Vaccination Project was set up to help fund, promote and increase the number of volunteer led badger vaccination programmes.

It costs £1,000 to cull one badger, but £200 to vaccinate one.

£ 15 could provide a box of syringes to a vaccination project
£ 30 could pay for a bag of bait peanuts to help vaccinators catch the badgers
£ 50 could purchase one vaccine
£ 200 could cover all costs to vaccinate one badger
£ 500 could fund a supplies kit for a project
£ 1000 could fund essential equipment for a new vaccination project
£ 1300 could pay for the training and certification of one vaccinator

If you make and sell things, we’d love you to get involved and to donate a percentage to this brilliant cause.  You can sign up to join in here.

Or, if you already know that you’re going to want to buy some lovely badger-inspired things and help fundraise, you can sign up to the Badger Sett news here.  We’ll keep you posted as all the goodies are launched!

The Badger Sett started when I did a bit of a call out for other people to help me support the Badger Trust on social media.  It was so lovely and exciting to see all the people who wanted to be involved!

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We need to talk about the badgers… 🌳 I couldn’t make the #peoplesmarchforwildlife today but I was there in spirit for all our wildlife but especially badgers. 🖤 They started the trial badger cull when I was living in Cornwall in the early 2000s, and it broke my heart. But the results came back saying it didn’t work as a way to help control bovine TB. And then the government widened the cull anyway, despite the scientific evidence. And they’ve just widened it again. @badgertrust have been working tirelessly all this time to stop the cull, to run legal challenges, to protect badgers, to find a better solution. 🖤 And they have. It costs £1,000 per badger to cull them, but £200 per badger to vaccinate them. 🙌 I’d love to do something to support them and help fund raise, so I’m hatching a plan of some things to make and sell to raise donations. If you make things too and you’d like to help, do drop me a message. 🖤 And watch this space!

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I love badgers and have been in despair since the beginning of the cull.  It was so refreshing to read the news about an alternative.

We started with Badgerween – a black and white stripy celebration of Halloween which raised over £300 in October 2018.

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And then we moved onto Badgermas 2018!

In total so far we have raised £580.81 for badgers!

Here are pics and links for the other Badger Sett members, do go check them out.

Mad Scientist Yarns have their gorgeous Truffle Hunter yarn available:

Green Rabbit Designs created this beautiful bunny, who sold super quick!

Maysie Daydreams has been creating Christmas decorations and these lovely textile art pieces (some still available)

Busy Pottering created these wonderful bags, some of which were stuffed with yarn from Scruffy Dog Eco Yarns.  They sold out very quickly too!

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Thank you so much to everyone who bought badger bags recently. So far £191.20 will be sent to the Badger Trust to vaccinate badgers against Bovine TB. There are just four bags left now, two extra tall zippered sock bags, and two whopping drawstring sweater/ blanket sacks. 20% of the price of these last few bags will go to the Badger Trust. Lots of people have "favourited" these in my Etsy shop, and I would love them to be sold this weekend so I can send my donation off! Thank you again to Sarah @scruffydogeco for the mystery skeins for the lucky bags. They were a great success! #projectbags #badgers #fundraisingforbadgers #badgerween #knittingbags #sockknitting #blanketbags #sweaterbags #bags #bagsforknitters #bagsforcrocheters #busypottering

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Edelweiss Blossoms  made these magical embroidered bags (sold out).

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*Fixed*. Update now live. 🍄

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Jane Brumwell donated lovingly made copper and silver progress keepers.  They are in stock in my shop, with 100% of the sale price going to badgers.  You can find them here.

The Yarn Badger donated kits to knit the brilliant Goose Eye Hat and there are just two left available here!  Again 100% of the sale price is going to badgers.

The Crimson Rabbit has a knitting pattern coming out soon which will continue to raise funds.

And you can find a selection of badger prints like the one below in the Sam Draws Things shop in the Whimsical Creatures section! 

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Thank you for helping me to save the badgers! 🍄 I’ve never really seen a live badger in the wild before. I’ve caught shadowy glimpses of broad grey shoulders hustling past, and there was a memorable evening sitting outside a badger sett getting bitten by mosquitoes… but that’s how it goes with real wildlife spotting – there are no guarantees. And I adore the fact that animals are out there, carrying on there lives in the corners and shadows, as they have done for generations. My wish is for them to continue to do that, undisturbed and protected. 🦡 So, I am really excited to announce that #badgermas raised £229 for @badgertrust, making the total raised by the creatives in the Badger Sett £581.80!! We have been making and selling badger-inspired goodies and raising donations since #Badgerween in October. And we are going to continue gently badgering away to raise more funds! If you would like to join us, there’s a link in my profile. And this little badger print is in my shop’s sale at the moment. 🦡 A HUGE thank you to my collaborators @madscientistyarns @edelweiss_knits @busypottering @scruffydogeco @maysiedaydreams @greenrabbitdesigns @theyarnbadger @knittingjane and @the_crimson_rabbit 🙌😘😀 And to everyone who has supported us so far! You all rock. 🍄 We have donated to @badgertrust’s badger vaccination programme, an alternative to the cruel and unnecessary badger cull that has been taking place across the uk. It makes me so happy to see what we can do when we work together and to support such an important cause 😍 🦡 #savethebadgers #nature #fundraising #badgers #mushrooms #creativelife #makeadifference #bethechange

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