Who’s vaccinating badgers?

Editorial Subtitle

The U.K. Government as well as the Welsh Assembly Government and a growing number of NGOs are involved in badger vaccination programmes in England and Wales. Of these, the largest in scale is that of the Welsh Assembly Government, which is now in its second year.

Among the charities, the Badger Trust, the National Trust and the Wildlife Trusts, notably the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, have  been at the forefront of smaller-scale, but equally important badger vaccination programmes. The Badger Trust works with landowners, including small-holders and farmers, using mainly volunteers, while the National Trust and Gloucestershire WT have been vaccinating badgers on their own land, respectively. The former has used U.K. Government vaccinators from Fera, while the latter has relied on in-house staff, who have undergone training and been certified as lay vaccinators by Fera. Gloucestershire WT’s work is especially significant, given that West Gloucestershire is one of the two proposed pilot badger cull areas. The Trust has already completed 2 years of its programme.

Agencies & Charities currently Vaccinating Badgers against TB

Who Where When Area covered

(km2) 

No. of badgers vaccinated
Fera, UK Government Badger Vaccine Deployment Project Numerous premises around Stroud, Gloucestershire 2010 – 2015 84-100   998 (2012)

628 (2011)

541 (2010)

The Welsh Assembly Government together with WT of South & West Wales The TB “Intensive Action Area” (IAA), Pembrokeshire, Wales 2012 – 2017 288 1,424  (2012)
The Badger Trust & supporting UK badger groups with certified lay vaccinators Privately owned land (3 out of 17 sites were provided by the NFU) June 2011 onwards 17 sites so far 97
The National Trust with Fera vaccinators Killerton Estate, Devon 2011 – 2015 20  >100 so far

(exact numbers undisclosed)

The RSPB Highnam Woods, Gloucestershire 2012 & 2013 1.1 Undisclosed
Berks, Bucks & Oxon WT in collaboration with the Badger Trust An undisclosed site in west Oxfordshire 2012 – 2017 2.5 Undisclosed
Cheshire WT in partnership with Shropshire WT & volunteers from Wirral & Cheshire Badger Group Bickley Hall Farm, Cheshire 2012 – 2017 0.85 12 (2012)
Gloucestershire WT Seven nature reserves across Trust land in Gloucestershire. 2010 – 2015 1.7

 

37 (2012)

38 (2011)

Shropshire WT in partnership with Cheshire WT An undisclosed reserve in north Shropshire 2012 – 2017 Undisclosed 5 (2012)
Somerset WT Undisclosed 2012-? 0.12 Undisclosed
Warwickshire WT Brandon Marsh Reserve, Warwickshire 2012 – 2015 0.92 5 (2012)

 

 

Abbreviations

Fera    The Food and Environment Research Agency of Defra

Defra  Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK Government

RSPB  Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

TBC    To be confirmed

WT     Wildlife Trust

Notes: 

A number of wildlife trusts are currently exploring the feasibility of vaccination on their reserves (e.g. Devon Wildlife Trust) or actively seeking funds to launch a vaccination programme (e.g.  Dorset WT, Hampshire & Isle of Wight WT and Staffordshire WT). Links to these local Wildlife Trusts are also given below in case you wish to find out more and/or make a donation.

If your organization is currently vaccinating badgers and would like to be included here, please write to us at info@badgergate.org.

Information Sources:

Fera

http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/wildlife/ecologyManagement/bvdp/

The Welsh Assembly Government

http://wales.gov.uk/docs/drah/publications/130129iaareport2012en.pdf

Badger Trust

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmenvfru/writev/bovine/m10.htm

National Trust

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/apr/20/national-trust-badger-vaccine-trial  &

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmenvfru/writev/bovine/m09.htm 

The RPSB

http://www.rspb.org.uk/news/324815-rspb-badger-vaccination-is-the-best-step-for-farmers-cattle-and-wildlife

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmenvfru/writev/bovine/m09.htm

Berks Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust

http://www.bbowt.org.uk/news/2011/08/19/badgers-and-bovine-tb (see FAQ 2)

http://www.bbowt.org.uk/sites/default/files/files/Badgers%20and%20bovine%20TB,%20Chiltern%20News.pdf

Cheshire Wildlife Trust

http://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/news/2012/10/10/cheshire-wildlife-trust-describes-first-badger-vaccination-deployment-extremely-succ 

Devon Wildlife Trust

http://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/faqs/  (see FAQ 2)

Dorset Wildlife Trust

http://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/vaccination.html 

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

http://www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/blog/gordon/2012/10/25/badger-btb-vaccine-tool-must-come-out-cupboard 

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust 

http://www.hiwwt.org.uk/pages/badger-vaccination-appeal.html

Shropshire Wildlife Trust

http://www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/Badgers+and+bovine+TB/Badger+vaccination

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-19760652 

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

http://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/page/donate 

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

http://www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/badger-vaccination-appeal

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/2012/11/20/first-badgers-trapped-and-vaccinated-at-brandon-marsh-92746-32265039/ 

Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

http://www.welshwildlife.org/enews/latest-on-badgers-august-2012/

The Wildlife Trusts

http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/badgers-and-bovineTB