Badger vaccination is expected to have a knock-on reduction in TB in cattle. A fundraising appeal by Cornwall Wildlife Trust has captured the hearts of Cornwall’s public, nearly reaching the target of £18,000 in just one month. The appeal will buy equipment and help cover the costs of this work on the nature reserves. The Trust now hopes to raise additional money to expand the vaccination programme to include several 1000 acres of farmland in Cornwall.
Cheryl Marriott, Head of Conservation for the Trust says,
“We were so pleased to be approached by this group of farmers in mid-Cornwall who were interested in finding an alternative to badger culling. They realise the potential of vaccination and want to start this spring, so we are doing everything we can to support them. Each farmer will pay towards the vaccine and running costs, but we need to raise funds to buy extra cage-traps and other expenses so that we can vaccinate across this whole area”.