Badger Appeal

Badger Appeal

Photo by Andrew Parkinson 2020vision 

Badgers need your help 2020

We are asking for your support to help to raise £25,000 to vaccinate badgers against bovine TB.

SWT is delighted to announce that we will be recommencing our badger vaccination programme in summer 2020. 

We started our badger vaccination on a number of nature reserves in 2013. However, due to a global shortage of vaccine we were unable to vaccinate for two years. We were pleased to say that in 2018 we were vaccinating again in the autumn and continued to do so in 2019 and now 2020.  

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.

Badger Appeal - please help

Credit: Terry Whittaker/2020VISION

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.

Read our latest updates on the badger cull here 

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
SWT carrying out a Badger vaccination

Image: Andrew Parkinson 2020Vision

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.

Donate to Badger appeal

Donate

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 post - send a cheque payable to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust to FREEPOST NAT 4847, Stafford, ST17 0BR.

Write to your MP

We are also encouraging people to write to their MP to ask for the Badger Cull to be stopped 

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Badger cull and bTB

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Credit: Andrew Parkinson/2020VISION