We need your help to raise £25,000 to vaccinate badgers against bovine TB.
In autumn 2013 Staffordshire Wildlife Trust began a five-year badger vaccination scheme across a number of its nature reserves.
The Trust believes that vaccination of badgers against bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is currently the most effective way of reducing the risk of badger to cattle transmission of the disease.
Independent research shows that culling could actually cause the disease to spread more widely, as territorial boundaries will be disturbed leading to the increased movement of badgers.
It will cost £25,000 to run the vaccination programme for the next five years. We need your help to fund this important work - to pay for essential veterinary supplies, equipment and staff training.
A practical and cost effective way of dealing with bTB
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is very conscious of the hardship that bTB causes in the farming community and the need to find the right mechanisms to control the disease. However, we believe that a badger cull is not the answer. Scientific research carried out by the Government has shown that badger culling, unless carried out in line with strict criteria including the requirement to be across very large areas, could be counterproductive.
We believe that vaccination should be at the centre of efforts to tackle this disease rather than a cull.
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust believes that the disease should be tackled by the following measures:
- Cattle vaccination: The development and deployment of a cattle vaccine is the long-term solution to bTB
- Badger vaccination: Until the cattle vaccination is available, the use of a BadgerBCG vaccine is currently the most effective way of tackling badger to cattle transmission of the disease
- Biosecurity: All possible measures should be pursued to prevent disease transmission on-farm
How do we vaccinate badgers?
During the vaccination process, wild badgers will be captured overnight in ‘live' traps, before being treated with the vaccine the following morning and then released. Vaccinated badgers will be humanely marked, with the traps reset and the process repeated for unmarked badgers. The same areas will be revisited annually for five years, to ensure the majority of the local population is vaccinated.
To find out more about how we vaccinate badgers, see our special feature in Staffordshire Wildlife Trust's members magazine.
Please give as much as you can afford
£10 - buys enough peanuts to bait one trap for two weeks
£20 - buys a dose of the vaccine and a syringe
£50 - buys personal protective equipment to keep a vaccinator working effectively vand safely
£100 - buys one badger cage trap
£350 buys an annual FERA certificate of competence for one vaccinator - a legal requirement for the work
£750 - buys professional training for a staff member to safely handle and capture badgers and deliver the programme
Making a donation today - it's easy!
- Online - visit our Just Giving webpage.
- By phone - call 01889 880100
- By text - to donate £10 on your mobile, simply text BADG1210 to 70070
- By post - send a cheque payable to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust to FREEPOST NAT 4847, Stafford, ST17 0BR.
Thank you for your contribution to this appeal.
NEWS UPDATE - December 2015
The Government has announced that it is suspending the sourcing of BCG vaccinations for badger vaccination schemes in England. The Wildlife Trusts are seeking a meeting with Defra to discuss the implications of the vaccine shortage for its projects, including the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust scheme.