BBC’s Springwatch caught up in ‘whodunnit’ after badger killed by a car at a Suffolk


BBC’s Springwatch caught up in ‘whodunnit’ after badger which featured on the conservation show was hit and killed by a car at a Suffolk reserve

  • Bernie the badger was killed by a car during BBC Sringwatch filming 

BBC‘s Springwatch has been caught up in a ‘whodunnit’ after a badger that featured on the conservation show was hit and killed by a car at a reserve.

The poor creature, called Bernie, was run over during filming at an RSPB reserve in Suffolk.

The 7kg one-year-old sow was legally tagged with fellow badger buddies Max, Millie, Milo, Boris, Barry, Flint and Fossil.

There was a frantic search for answers after Bernie the badger was discovered with abdominal bruising, a broken upper and lower jaw and a fractured skull.

Conservationists on the show were worried Bernie was killed when an off-road car that was rushing towards filming struck it.

Co-host Chris Packham (left) went to see the site of the accident in 2015, when the incident took place

Co-host Chris Packham (left) went to see the site of the accident in 2015, when the incident took place

The poor creature, called Bernie, was run over during filming at an RSPB reserve in Suffolk. Pictured: A badger on the show

The poor creature, called Bernie, was run over during filming at an RSPB reserve in Suffolk. Pictured: A badger on the show

Co-host Chris Packham went to see the site of the accident in 2015, when the incident took place.

It has only come to light after a nature-lover posted on a blog asking if the BBC would let people know what had happened to Bernie.

A conservationist who was on the reserve at the time told The Telegraph: ‘I know if I had done something similar I would have had my a*** kicked. It is just ironic that Springwatch, which tries to promote wildlife, might have wiped some of it out.’

The BBC said: ‘Sadly one of the badgers featured on Springwatch in 2015 was found dead on a public road at RSPB Minsmere, which we discussed on the programme at the time and reported as per licence requirements. No further details are known about the accident.’

The BBC added: ‘There is no evidence of who hit the badger or any suggestion it was a BBC managed vehicle.’

MailOnline has contacted the BBC for comment. 





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