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Wildlife

We remove large dead animals (badgers, cats, deer, dogs, foxes, sheep, swans) from public areas and local roads.

We do not collect:

  • birds small animals - birds, rabbits, hedgehogs, rats or squirrels
  • dead animals from a private property - this is the responsibility of the landowner
Report a dead animal by the road

Badgers

Control of badgers

Under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 it is a serious offence to kill, injure or take a badger, or to damage or interfere with a sett without a licence. For information about obtaining a licence go to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Protection (DEFRA).

For advice and information on how to prevent damage by badgers, contact the Badger Trust.

Dead or injured badgers

You can be prosecuted for possession of a dead badger. Never try to dispose of a dead badger yourself. If you see a dead badger on the side of the road contact us so we can collect and dispose of it:

Report a dead badger by the road

Or call 01285 623000.

If you find an injured badger, do not touch it. Seek advice from the RSCPA on 08705 555999 or contact your local vet.

Foxes

The killing of foxes is restricted under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 but some pest control companies will deal with problem cases. We do not offer this service.

There are several chemical deterrents available from garden centres and DIY stores (they will be able to advise what is most suitable for your situation). Legislation does not permit the use of non-approved products such as creosote and diesel oil which can be dangerous to other animals and pets.

If you find an injured fox, do not touch it. Seek advice from the RSCPA on 08705 555999 or contact your local vet.

We will collect any dead foxes found on the side of the road.

Racing pigeons

If you find a stray racing pigeon, contact the Royal Pigeon Racing Association on 01452 713529. 

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