Help to fight bovine tuberculosis and protect Wales’ badgers
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales has long fought the battle to protect our badgers, working hard to challenge the proposed cull of badgers and arguing the case for vaccination.
Now the Trust needs to raise £10,000 so that we can lead the way in demonstrating how vaccination can be rolled out across Wales as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. We need to work with the Welsh Government, other Wildlife Trusts and partners, landowners and the public to play our part in fighting bovine TB and ensuring the future of our badgers.
Bovine TB (bTB) costs Britain tens of millions of pounds every year and the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales recognises the hardships this causes the farming community and the need to take urgent action to control the disease. We use cattle grazing as a way of managing many of our wildlife habitats, so we also have a vested interest in maintaining healthy cattle herds.
The first year of the Welsh Government’s vaccination programme was successful, well managed and came in under budget predictions. However, we urgently need to help spread this work across a wider area if we are to tackle the disease effectively.
This is what we will do:
Produce a plan for vaccinating badgers on our own nature reserves, working with neighbouring landowners to work effectively across a wider area.
We may use accredited contractors to vaccinate but we need to train staff and volunteers to carry out all the preparatory work, to make the most efficient use of resources.
We need to buy the necessary equipment and ensure all the appropriate paperwork is in place.
Alongside this we will continue to work with local farmers, Welsh Government and the public to raise awareness of the disease, to lobby for continued development of an oral vaccine for badgers and cattle vaccination, and to support the vaccination programme to ensure a cull does not become a possibility in Wales.
We will be working in partnership with other Wildlife Trusts in Wales and are aiming to start vaccinating badgers on pilot sites in the WTSWW area, Gwent and Radnorshire, by May 2014, demonstrating how this can be done cost-effectively through working in partnership with volunteers and landowners. We will publicise the results of this work and roll it out to a wider area the following year. There is a great deal of preparation needed to meet this goal. We will be seeking grant funding for the bulk of the work but need your help to get started.
Please make a contribution to this appeal to help protect badgers in Wales and make a contribution to fight the scourge of bovine TB. Please download this Donation Form and send to
Badger Appeal, The Nature Centre, Parc Slip, Fountain Road, Tondu, Bridgend, CF32 0EH