Animal Protection Services is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of people involved in badger baiting following an incident in Lincolnshire.

A badger was rescued by Lincolnshire Badger Group from a warehouse in Market Rasen, which had suffered injuries that were consistent with badger baiting.

Badger baiting is a form of blood sport that involves a dog being forced to fight with a badger.

Unfortunately, due the serious injuries sustained, the vet was forced to euthanise the badger.

Jacob Lloyd, a trustee of Animal Protection Services, said: “Badger baiting is a horrific cruel blood sport that affects the welfare of dogs and badgers.

“These wild animals will suffer immensely in the moments’ leading up to their deaths.

“This is a despicable crime that was made illegal in 1835. Despite it being illegal, we are hearing of more badger baiting cases than ever before.”

“We are offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to a conviction of badger baiting.

“All of the information that is provided to us will be treated in the strictest confidence and any source may wish to remain anonymous.” 

Anyone with information should call Animal Protection Services on 020 4534 2786 or send information by email to [email protected].  

The Government said it will introduce mandatory microchipping for all pet cats by the time they are 20 weeks old, or face fines of up to £500.

Under the new rules, all keepers must ensure their pet is microchipped before they reach the age of 20 weeks and their contact details stored and kept up to date in a pet microchipping database.

Owners found not to have microchipped their cat will have 21 days to have one implanted, or may face a fine of up to £500.

The change comes after a Government consultation on the issue found 99% of respondents expressed support for the measure.

There are over 10.8 million pet cats in the UK, with as many as 2.8 million unchipped, meaning that it would be very difficult to reunite them with their owner if they get lost or stolen.

Eight out of 10 stray cats coming into Cats Protection’s centres are not microchipped.

The microchipping procedure involves inserting a small chip with a unique serial number under a cat’s skin.

This number can be read by a scanner and checked against a microchip database to help reunite lost pets quicker with their registered keeper, saving heartache and concern.

Cats Protection’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations Jacqui Cuff said: “Every day, we see how important microchipping is for cats and for the people who love them – whether it’s reuniting a lost cat with their owner, identifying an injured cat, or helping to ensure an owner can be informed in the sad event that their cat has been hit and killed by a car.

“Microchipping is by far the most effective and quickest way of identifying lost cats and can help ease the pressure on rescue charities like Cats Protection.

“Without a microchip, a lost cat will most likely end up being re-homed to a new home as there is often no trace of their original owner.”

There is also a review underway looking into the current rules on microchipping for dogs.

Lincolnshire is renowned for its green spaces, and there are ten parks in the county considered amongst the best in the UK, including Lincoln, Grantham and Scunthorpe.

First introduced in 1996, Green Flag Awards are handed out annually, promoting standards of good management and caring for the green space sector, whether it be publicly accessible parks or open spaces.

Owners of spaces that want Green Flag accreditation pay a fee to be assessed by volunteer judges on an annual basis, who will inspect maintenance, security, heritage and other aspects before awarding or rejecting the application.

There are over 2,000 parks with Green Flag status in the United Kingdom, ten of which are in Lincolnshire, spanning from Lincoln to Grantham to Scunthorpe.

The ten parks are:

Boultham Park – Lincoln

Boultham Park has won the award three years in a row. | Photo: CoLC

Boultham Park in Lincoln is on a roll at the moment, having first achieved Green Flag status in 2019, and it has not looked back since. This is the third year in a row the park has been awarded for its well maintained space.

Hartsholme Country Park – Lincoln

Hartsholme Country Park celebrates another Green Flag Award. | Photo: CoLC

Hartsholme Country Park first won this award in 2008, and has been a stable member of the Green Flag status list each year since. It is one of the three Lincoln parks to be recognised this year.

Lincoln Arboretum

The Arboretum is a regular Green Flag winner. | Photo: CoLC

After becoming the first place in Lincolnshire to win Green Flag status when it was renovated in 2003, Lincoln Arboretum has been a consistent winner of the award, so it will come as no surprise that it has again been recognised for 2021.

Queen Elizabeth Park – Grantham

| Photo: Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park Grantham

Covering around 23 acres in area, Queen Elizabeth Park was named after the Queen Mother and opened in 1980 to mark her 80th birthday. This year was the first time the park was awarded Green Flag status.

Wyndham Park – Grantham

| Photo: David Hallam-Jones

Boasting tennis courts, play areas, a model boat lake and even a sensory garden, Wyndham Park in Grantham covers all the bases you need to be an all-inclusive open space worthy of Green Flag status.

Baysgarth Park – Barton-upon-Humber

Baysgarth Park in Barton-upon-Humber. | Photo: Green Flag

Green Flag describes Baysgarth Park as “a safe environment for families and visitors of all ages” with open green spaces for playing games or settling down for a picnic. There are football goals, walking routes and a wildflower area to soak in.

Central Park Scunthorpe

Central Park in Scunthorpe. | Photo: North Lincolnshire Council

While it may share a name with perhaps the most iconic park on the planet, Scunthorpe’s Central Park has plenty to shout about, and is often awarded Green Flag status each year. The centrepiece of the park is a large water fountain, which attracts plenty of visitors.

Kingsway Gardens – Scunthorpe

Photo: Graham Tilley

Kingsway Gardens in Scunthorpe has been prolific in winning Green Flag Awards, with 2021’s nod meaning it has been recognised fourteen years in a row.

Sheffield Park – Scunthorpe

Sheffield Park in Scunthorpe. | Photo: North Lincolnshire Council

After undergoing an 18-month transformation, Scunthorpe’s Sheffield Park was given Green Flag status in 2021 thanks to its new play equipment, skate park, additional trees and developing wildflower corridors.

Woodlands Memorial Park and Crematorium – Scunthorpe

Woodlands Memorial Park and Crematorium. | Photo: Neil Theasby / Geograph

The Woodlands Memorial Park and Crematorium, found on Brumby Wood Lane in Scunthorpe, is another previous winner of the award that has done a great job maintaining the high standards required for Green Flag status.

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