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%.

 

Follow the links below to find out more about our badger vaccination programmes and make a donation - thank you.

Read our badger vaccination progress report.

More on badgers and bTB

Gloucestershire

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

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.

 

 


 

Cheshire

Cheshire Wildlife Trust began a five year vaccination programme at Bickley Hall Farm - the Trust's headquarters - in 2012.  In 2013, the programme was expanded in partnership with neighbouring Shropshire Wildlife Trust to vaccinate badgers on privately-owned farms, and now covers at least 2,800 hectares.

Shropshire

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

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

 

 

 

 

Warwickshire

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Staffordshire

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.  
 

Derbyshire

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 and 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

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

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.

 

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