The Trust are recognised as a national leader in badger vaccination by the Government, and have led on national badger vaccination training programmes in Edale. So far this season the Trust have vaccinated 92 badgers which is great news for the county and puts them on target to beat last year’s number.
Lead vaccinator Debbie Bailey has said “We are delighted with how 2019 is shaping up and positive that we can vaccinate many more badgers this year! We will be hosting the APHA again in Edale throughout July for more vaccination sessions as well so we’re looking forward to passing on our knowledge so others can replicate our vaccination scheme across the country. By the end of the year we will have assisted in training 22 new lay vaccinators from across the country.”
Vaccinating badgers against bovine TB is an important part of tackling the disease in cattle.
Debbie continued, “It is better value for money than shooting badgers - vaccination makes financial sense. It also reduces the risk of spreading bovine TB, which is a big concern when badgers are shot.”