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.
This section of the website is designed to highlight available information and point you to further reading. Here you can find out about 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.
- Our position statement (updated August 2016)
- Review of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust's Badger Vaccination Deployment Trial, November 2015
Support from Stroud District Council and a successful appeal to our members raised over £30,000 which meant that we were able to extend our badger vaccination programme beyond our reserves on to neighbouring farmland. Unfortunately the vaccination programme on non-Trust land ceased after only three years due to a global shortage of the vaccine. But we have been urging Government to secure a new vaccine source in order that our trial – and vaccination programmes across the UK - can start gain in 2017. 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
To find out what other Wildlife Trusts are saying about the bovine TB problem visit The Wildlife Trusts website.