Play your part in the bovine TB eradication programme

We need your help. As part of a Welsh Government programme to learn more about bovine TB infection in our badger population they have commissioned an All Wales badger found dead survey. All you have to do is report any dead badgers you find either as road traffic accidents or otherwise in the countryside.

Badger roadkill Apr 09 by L Wilberforce

Badger roadkill pic by L Wilberforce

WTSWW is keen to encourage its members and supporters to help this programme so that as many badger carcasses as possible can be collected and tested so that more accurate information is available about the dynamics of the disease in Welsh badgers.

WTSWW is supporting Welsh Government in its TB Eradication Programme through the vaccination of badgers on its Castle Woods nature reserve (with financial support from our members, Welsh Government, and players of People’s Postcode Lottery). We are also supporting their badger vaccination programme in the Intensive Action Area in north Pembrokeshire, and contributing to the Carmarthen Regional TB Eradication Delivery Board through Wales Environment Link.

The Welsh Government survey aims to identify which badgers found dead are infected with bovine TB and will be carried out across the whole of Wales, and will continue for at least the whole of 2015.

Anyone who finds a dead badger should contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) on 0300 303 8268. The line is open from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. APHA will, wherever possible, endeavour to collect all carcasses reported.

The All Wales survey is being run alongside the ongoing survey in the Intensive Action Area (IAA) in North Pembrokeshire since 2012. Should you find a dead badger in the IAA please report it on the 0800 4961439.
Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans said:

“Bovine TB is one of the biggest challenges facing Wales’ farming industry. It is a devastating disease and one that as a government we are working hard to eradicate.

Our comprehensive bovine TB eradication programme, which has now been in place for more than five years, is based on solid evidence and includes annual testing of cattle, strict biosecurity measures and movement control.

The survey will provide useful information on Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis) infection in badgers and the results will be used to investigate the relationship between M. bovis infection in badgers and cattle. This is another important step in our aim to tackle TB and achieve our ultimate goal of a TB free Wales”

For more information about WTSWW’s work on badgers and bovine TB contact Lizzie Wilberforce on l.wilberforce@welshwildlife.org and read our 2014 report.