Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust has been involved in 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.
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 3 years the Trust has been vaccinating badgers on 7 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 nature reserve. From next year we will be rolling this programme out and working with private landowners who may be interested in vaccinating badgers on their land. The more badgers that are vaccinated the bigger the reservoir of badgers immune to the disease there will be. Ultimately, however, we believe that a cattle vaccine is the sustainable long term solution and we will continue to lobby for Government to negotiate with Europe to make a cattle vaccine a reality.
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