We are proud that more than 300 different species live within the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey including many badgers.
We always consult with experts when making any changes to their natural habitat and we are really disappointed to hear misinformation is circulating about small changes to the environment for the badgers.
There are currently a number of well-established setts within the grounds and there are no plans to change these.
However, we became aware a new nursery was being established in The Orchard which was becoming a hazard to our human visitors.
As part of our responsible estate management we have been waiting for the breeding season to finish in order to encourage a handful of badgers to return to the other setts and have liaised with a consultant on the best way to do this.
It is disappointing that this was misinterpreted but we want to reassure people that we value all the abbey’s wildlife.
We actively encourage the wildlife with dedicated areas, volunteers, courses and activities including inviting visitors to see the badgers in their natural habitat; all of this is continuing.
Added: 8th August 2017