A dead badger was recently found in Whalley Range by a member of the local community.
The Greater Manchester Ecological Unit (GMEU) produce reports for ecological consultants on the presence of protected species identified near to proposed developments. Unfortunately, a large number of species being reported, such as badgers, bats and hedgehogs, are often records of dead animals.
If you see/find a dead wildlife animal which may have died or been a road traffic victim, and you don’t have any reason to believe/or knowledge to know otherwise that the animal may have just been left there from somewhere else, then please report it to the GMEU. This is so that they can aim to record an accurate location of species habitat.
In the case of the dead badger, it could indicate that it’s sett is nearby and any reports of other badger sightings in the area, whether live or deceased, will help them to ascertain a continued presence of badgers in the area. A live badger was sighted by Alexandra Park a few months ago. Unfortunately, it may be the deceased one which was recently found. However, if you do find or know of a sett, please don’t publicise it but do let the GMEU know and of course Badger Groups/Organisations know such as the Lancashire Badger Group or the Badger Trust and perhaps the RSPCA.
So if you do see/find a live or dead protected species like a badger please report it to GMEU and they will add it to their records database. In the case of badgers, they can be reported to the Lancashire Badger Group too and they do have an online form for people to fill in and submit.