THE Essex Badger Protection Group is looking for volunteers.

The group, which was founded in Thurrock, is affiliated to The Badger Trust and has been in existence since the 1980s.

The Badger Trust rescues and rehabilitates injured badgers and releases them back into the wild as well as carries out sett and habitat surveys and raises funds to pay for veterinary fees and equipment.

Chairman of the group, Frank Last said: "Spring is the time when badger cubs start to emerge from their underground setts and by July they will be able to forage for themselves.

"Between the Spring and Summer that's when badgers sometimes come into contact with people, through garden visits and, unfortunately, due to road traffic accidents.

"The Badger Trust really need your help to protect badgers from any harmful situations, and with your help you could become the Badgers' hero."

If you can devote a few hours of your time a week, the group would be very pleased to hear from you.

For more information call Frank Last on 01375 670733 or 07966378366.