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3 months ago

Somerset Badger Group

Our joint letter to Somerset MP’s sent today. www.somersetwildlife.org/news ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

Somerset Badger Group

We’re really happy to be involved in this project with the fantastic team at Avon Wildlife Trust.Our beloved worm-eating, nighttime-foraging badgers are docile and peaceful. They are also very sociable animals, living in close-knit groups of about 8 in underground setts they build over many years. Setts can extend to up to 100m with 50 entrances, and be 100 years old! They are passed down through the family and improved and extended with each generation.

Last year we began work vaccinating badgers to protect them against bovine TB and help tackle this disease in a way which allows our wild badgers to thrive. This summer our conversation team vaccinated 12 badgers over two nights, on one of our reserves. This included 2 cubs, following a 2-day training course supplied by Somerset Badger Group. You can read about how it went in this blog by the Nature Picture Library, illustrated with some lovely photos by Neil Aldridge: bit.ly/3gTCSid

The UK Government is due to make an announcement of new areas for badger culling this month and there is great concern that Derbyshire will be among those counties where culling will be allowed. Please sign The Wildlife Trusts's petition to ask your MP to stop the badger cull from coming to Derbyshire: bit.ly/2Z1grBy
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3 months ago

Somerset Badger Group

Our group of fantastic volunteers have moved on to the next location where the pick-up has been good with every single bait point being used. Hooray. However, that does mean that an awful lot of cage traps now have to be dug in and secured.

The cost to the farmer is minimal as our APHA trained and licensed vaccinators are all volunteers too.

We have been working with farmers to vaccinate badgers on their land since 2012.
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