Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust has been involved in the debate over bovine TB for over 30 years, and in 2011 was the first non-Governmental organisation in England to launch a badger vaccination programme on seven of its nature reserves. In the last three years we have vaccinated 121 badgers.
This section of the website is designed to highlight available information and point you to further reading. Here you can find our own experiences in undertaking small scale badger vaccination on our nature reserves so that the practicalities and associated costs are made available, helping inform interested parties.
For the past three years the Trust has been vaccinating badgers on seven sites: in the Stroud Valleys (Daneway Banks, Elliott, Frith Wood, Siccaridge Wood, Snows Farm and Strawberry Banks nature reserves); and in the Cotswolds at Greystones Farm. This year we are rolling this programme out and working with private landowners who are interested in vaccinating badgers on their land. In 2014 we have effectively doubled our vaccination efforts.
Support from Stroud District Council and a successful appeal to our members has raised over £30,000 which means we will now be able to extend our badger vaccination programme beyond our reserves over the next five years. Ultimately, however, we believe that a cattle vaccine is the sustainable long term solution to the challenge of bovine TB and we will continue to work with others in the wider Wildlife Trust movement to lobby on this issue.
We are keen to hear from landowners interested in badger vaccination and who would like to join together to make a bigger difference.
- Background - The Trust and bovine TB
- The Science
- Frequently asked questions
- Further reading and downloads