Wildlife Matters LIVE

Wildlife Matters LIVE

Join us for a series of live project updates with a panel of experts, plus an opportunity to get your questions answered

As a supporter of Cornwall Wildlife Trust, we invite you to join us, virtually, for Wildlife Matters. In this online livestream series, we will host project updates featuring a panel including Cornwall Wildlife Trust staff, project partners and supporters. Each Wildlife Matters event will give an overview of the project, work undertaken to date and what's coming next. This is a great opportunity to see the impact of your support and to ask any burning questions.

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Watch back: Wildlife Matters LIVE - Operation Hedgehog Update and Q&A

Watch an update from some of the team involved in Operation Hedgehog; a project led by Cornwall Wildlife Trust aimed at reversing the rapid decline of hedgehog populations across Cornwall. With overwhelming support for our hedgehog appeal this year, find out how your support has helped to make a difference. We were joined by:

  • Tom Shelley, Conservation Manager for Cornwall Wildlife Trust
  • Laura Fox, ELMs Officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust/Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS)
  • Dave Groves, Chairman of Cornwall Mammal Group
  • Dave Hudson, Chair of Trustees at Prickles and Paws Hedgehog Rescue
  • Katy South, Co-Founder/Operations and Volunteer Manager for Prickles and Paws Hedgehog Rescue 

Chaired by Cheryl Marriott, Head of Conservation at Cornwall Wildlife Trust


02:05 – ‘Operation Hedgehog’ Introduction (Tom Shelley)
07:28 - Hedgehog ecology and how to help (Laura Fox)
21:07 - Hedgehog surveying and volunteering (Dave Groves)
35:15 - Prickles and Paws Live Rescue Centre Tour (Katy South and Dave Hudson)
57:53 - Take-home points from the evening (All panellists)

32:06 - Are there any signs other than dropping that show the presence of hedgehogs?
32:49 – How do we monitor numbers of hedgehogs?
49:12 – Can feeding hedgehogs have a negative impact?
50:23 – Should I refresh the bedding in my hedgehog house?
51:25 – Do you only release where there are already hedgehogs?
52:33 – I’ve read that slugs and snails carry nematode worms that can cause serious lung disease to hedgehogs. Is this correct?
54:05 – How much of a barrier are street roads and lanes to hedgehogs?
55:04 – Should we log hedgehog sightings with you and on Hedgehog Street or should we only be logging in one place?
55:44 – My wildlife meadow is cut for hay by a farmer usually in late July. How can I minimise any risk to hedgehogs and other wildlif

Watch back: Wildlife Matters LIVE - Badger Vaccination Update and Q&A

Watch an update from those involved in the research and practice of badger vaccination across Cornwall. With overwhelming support for our Badger Vaccination Appeal last year, find out how the project is going and the impacts to date. We were joined by:

  • Cheryl Marriott, Head of Conservation for Cornwall Wildlife Trust
  • Tom Shelley, Conservation Manager for Cornwall Wildlife Trust
  • Prof. Rosie Woodroffe, Senior Research Fellow at Zoological Society of London
  • Keith Truscott, a local farmer who has committed to having badgers vaccinated on his land

Chaired by Carolyn Cadman, Cornwall Wildlife Trust Chief Executive


00:48 - Impact of bTB on farmers (Keith Truscott)
03:38 - The science of badger vaccination (Rosie Woodroffe)
15:54 - The practical issues of vaccinating badgers (Rosie Woodroffe)
19:29 - Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s badger vaccination work – how it started (Cheryl Marriott)
25:28 - The mid-Cornwall farmer-led vaccination project (Keith Truscott and Cheryl Marriott)
37:50 - Vaccination on the ground (Tom Shelley) 48:01 - What is next for Cornwall (Cheryl Marriott and Rosie Woodroffe)

13:44 - Do other animals pass bTB to cattle?
14:46 - Badger vaccination doesn’t work on animals that already have bTB. Is this a problem?
18:00 – If badgers only transmit a small percentage of bTB, what is the main culprit and how can this be actioned?
34:26 - Once badgers have been vaccinated, do they need to be vaccinated again?
35:41 - How can more farmers be attracted to participate in vaccination?
44:33 - Is there any data showing the percentage of badgers that would need to be vaccinated to significantly reduce the prevalence of bTB in badgers?
45:44 - Are you allowed to vaccinate in cull areas?
52:06 - Are there any other successful vaccination projects around the world?
54:07 - What actions can people take to help?

Badgers by Elliott Neep

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