200th badger vaccinated this morning!

Beautiful badgers, Elliott Neep 

Early this morning a dedicated team of volunteers vaccinated the 200th badger of the year as part of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s badger vaccination programme.

This is the most badgers the team have managed to vaccinate in one year and there are still several rounds of vaccinations scheduled to take place throughout autumn.

Debbie Bailey, lead badger vaccination coordinator at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust said, ”We continue to show that vaccination is a viable option to culling badgers. With the help of our dedicated volunteers and partners we have had our most successful vaccination season so far. This morning we took the total to 203 badgers for 2018 - that's an amazing achievement.”

The Trust’s vaccination programme is now the largest and most effective badger vaccination project in the country. Debbie adds, “We continue to train and inspire more volunteers to join our programme. It is only getting bigger as more landowners and farmers see vaccination as the alternative to shooting badgers in the fight against bovine TB.”

We continue to show that vaccination is a viable option to culling badgers
Debbie Bailey
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Jason Skeen vaccinating the 200th badger of the season - Georgie Hutton, High Peak Badger Group

Jason Skeen vaccinating the 200th badger of the season - Georgie Hutton, High Peak Badger Group 

Currently there are no plans for a cull of badgers in Derbyshire in 2018 despite the recent expansion of the cull across England authorised by the Government. However Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is aware that a number of farmers and landowners are keen for a cull in the county and that licences to cull may be issued for 2019.

Tim Birch, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Head of Living Landscapes said, “All the hard work is paying off. Here in Derbyshire we are showing that a volunteer led vaccination programme of badgers can be effectively carried out and as a result we want to see vaccination rolled out across the UK rather than the cull.

There is absolutely no justification for the culling of badgers to come to Derbyshire. Bovine TB is primarily a disease of cattle, transmitted mainly by cattle and we believe there needs to be improvements in biosecurity on farms in Derbyshire so that cattle and badger interactions are minimised alongside the rolling out of badger vaccination programmes across the country.  Badgers are been used as scapegoats which is unacceptable. We will continue to work tirelessly to stop any badger cull coming to Derbyshire.”

How can you help?

This important work takes a great deal of our time and resources. Thanks to donations received so far, we have been able to train a team of vaccinators and other volunteers to support the vaccination programme.

Please continue to give to this appeal. The more money we raise, the more we can do to help protect Derbyshire’s badgers and fight the scourge of bovine TB. 

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