Support our badger vaccination programmes

The Wildlife Trusts believe that cattle measures should be at the centre of efforts to tackle bovine tuberculosis (TB), alongside a strategic programme of badger vaccination.

Watch a badger vaccination filmIn the longer term, cattle vaccination will have a vital role to play but it is not yet available - and its development and licensing could take another ten years.

In the meantime, a vaccine for badgers is available now and has the potential to help reduce bTB without the negative impacts of perturbation arising from a badger cull.

Fourteen Wildlife Trusts are carrying out badger vaccination programmes and they need your support - each dose of badger vaccine costs £5, and every trap £100. Staff time to carry out the baiting of traps and injections is also a significant cost.

Vaccination of badgers could help to reduce the spread of bovine TB. Recent studies have shown that vaccinating more than a third of adult badgers in a social group can reduce the risk to unvaccinated cubs by 79%.

Read our badger vaccination progress report (2011 - 13) here

The Wildlife Trusts vaccination programmes - summary of delivery

The Wildlife Trusts have run badger vaccination projects to help tackle bovine TB since 2011

Summary of delivery for the 2014 vaccination season

No. vaccinating Trusts: 11
Area covered: 3,140 ha (31.4km2)
No. doses vaccine delivered: 317
No. lay vaccinators trained: 9

2014 total expenditure: £92,806
Of which
Training and certification: £6,992
Equipment: £18,117
Delivery: £67,697
Cost per dose: £293
Cost per km2: £2,956


Summary of delivery for the period 2011 - 14

Total area: 3,140 ha (31.4 km2)
No. doses vaccine delivered: 629
No. lay vaccinators trained: 40

Total expenditure: £211,597
Of which:
Training and certification: £29,730
Equipment: £52,369
Delivery: £129,498
Cost per dose: £336


Summary of delivery for the period 2011 - 13 (as covered in the vaccination progress report)

No. vaccinating Trusts: 9
Total no. vaccination seasons completed: 17
Total area covered: 1,900 ha (19km2)
No. doses vaccine delivered: 312
No. lay vaccinators trained: 31

2011-13 total expenditure: £118,791
Of which
Training and certification: £22,738
Equipment: £34,252
Delivery: 61,801
Cost per dose: £380
Cost per km2: £6,252


N.B. The average values for cost per dose, and per km2, should be used with caution.  Cost of delivery is variable and depends on the size, nature and accessibility of the sites involved.  First year costs are generally much higher than ongoing costs due to training, certification and capital equipment requirements.  Vaccination across large areas of land or adjoining land units will reduce delivery costs if equipment and resources can be shared, and is expected to provide greater disease control benefits within badger populations.

It is difficult to verify that more than 70% of the target badger populations are being vaccinated each year but we are generally confident that this is being achieved, based on the number of badgers caught and recaptured, the number of setts and the level of badger activity.  In some cases, where trail cameras are deployed in advance of vaccination, we can be more certain that we have at least caught and vaccinated all badgers recorded.

How does this compare with the Welsh badger vaccination programme?

In May 2012, the Welsh Government embarked on a five-year programme of badger vaccination within a 288 km2 'Intensive Action Area'.  Figures from the 2014 season show that 1,316 badgers were trapped and vaccinated over an area of 260 km2, at a cost of £929,540.  This equates to £706 per badger, or £3,575 per km2.

 More on badgers and bTB

Our badger vaccination programmes


Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust was the first non-Governmental organisation in England to launch a badger vaccination programme, which began in 2011.  The Trust is now expanding its programme of badger vaccination beyond Trust nature reserves, into the wider countryside.





Dorset Wildlife Trust began vaccinating badgers on their nature reserves in 2013 and they need to raise £45,000 to fund a five-year programme.







Shropshire Wildlife Trust started a five-year programme of badger vaccination in 2012, as part of a cross-border project with Cheshire Wildlife Trust.  The Trust has also hosted a 'Badgers and bTB' forum to bring people together to discuss the latest research and share their experiences.






South and West Wales

South and West Wales Wildlife Trust is workign with EcoCon, a badger vaccination specialist, to vaccinate badgers at Castle Woods nature reserve, Llandeilo.  The Trust is still seeking limited additional funds to complete the full five year programme - donations can be made by phone by calling 01656 724100 and asking to donate to the Badger Appeal.  Thank you.





Somerset Wildlife Trust is working with the Somerset Badger Group to vaccinate badgers on nature reserves in West Somerset. 










Warwickshire Wildlife Trust started vaccinating badgers at Brandon Marsh - the Trust's headquarters - in 2012.  The programme is now in its fourth year and has been extended to a number of additional sites.









In autumn 2013 Staffordshire Wildlife Trust began a five-year badger vaccination scheme across a number of its nature reserves.  It will cost £25,000 to run the vaccination programme for the next five years - we need your help to fund this important work.







Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Badger photo by Dr David Williams

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust have raised £45,500 for a five-year programme of badger vaccination across 16 nature reserves.  











In 2014, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust embarked on a five-year programme of strategic badger vaccination on its reserves and in partnership with neighbouring landowners.  The second year of vaccinations will be focused on land around Edale, in the Peak District National Park.




Leicestershire and Rutland 


Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust began a small-scale badger vaccination programme in 2013 and needs to raise £30,000 to continue this carefully monitored programme for five years.





Berks, Bucks & Oxon (BBOWT)

In 2012 BBOWT commissioned the Oxfordshire Badger Group to start a five year programme of vaccinating badgers on Chimney Meadows nature reserve.  An additional vaccination programme was launched in 2014, focusing on a large area of West Oxfordshire.  



Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has launched an ambitious appeal to help fund a major badger vaccination programme - 50% of the funding has been provided by Defra but the we must raise the remaining funding ourselves, in the region of £75,000.





Sussex Wildlife Trust is part of a local co-ordination group promoting badger vaccination in the East Sussex High Risk Area.  The aim is to vaccinate all  badgers on Trust nature reserves within this area, and on adjoining land wherever possible.