The Wildlife Trusts across the UK have been working on the issue of bovine TB and its links to badgers for many years, as different Governments have put forward proposals for culling badgers as a strategy for controlling bovine TB. We are very conscious of the hardship that bovine TB (bTB) causes in the farming community and the need to find the right mechanisms to control the disease.
However, we believe that a badger cull is not the answer. Lord Krebs, who designed a previous trial, concluded that that “culling is not a viable policy option”.
We recognise the seriousness of the situation for farmers but the emphasis of all our efforts should be to find a long-term solution. We therefore support badger vaccination, alongside a comprehensive package of cattle measures: better biosecurity, stricter movement controls, improved TB testing and development of a cattle vaccine. As such we strongly support the current Welsh Government TB Eradication Programme.
For this reason, the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) decided to invest in a badger vaccination project at its Castle Woods nature reserve, Llandeilo.
We felt it was important to be part of the solution, and to play a role in demonstrating that badger vaccination is financially and logistically viable on individual holdings.
Enjoy reading our Badger Vaccination Report for 2015 below.
You can also listen to our podcast about badger vaccination and culling.