Eighty per cent of Peak District badgers vaccinated

Badgers are being vaccinated against tuberculosis in Edale.
Badgers are being vaccinated against tuberculosis in Edale.
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Eighty per cent of the badgers in and around Edale have been vaccinated against bovine TB, the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust estimates.

The trust has worked with volunteers from the Derbyshire Badger Groups, the National Farmers Union, the National Trust and a local farmer.

There had been three rounds of vaccinations previously, at Hartington Meadows Nature Reserve, Poole’s Cavern in Buxton and a farm at New Mills in North Derbyshire. The vaccinations are part of a five-year programme run by the trust.

It is working to convince the Government that resources and funding should be put into badger vaccination and other solutions to bovine TB, and not into culling.

Tim Birch, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s conservation manager, said: “Badger culling was piloted in Somerset and Gloucestershire last year. It proved to be ineffective and failed the humaneness test.

“While the Government has no plans to extend culling this year, we remain concerned Derbyshire may be selected for future programmes. We know bovine TB has devastating consequences for farmers and are pleased to be working with them to demonstrate alternatives to killing badgers.”