The Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust is seeking to raise thirty thousand pounds to vaccinate badgers on its nature reserves.
The Trust believes vaccinating the animals is the best way of preventing the spread of bovine TB in cattle. It comes as a cull of thousands of badgers is due to get underway this autumn. Watch the lunchtime report.
The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust are confident that there will be no bovine TB in badgers after their five year vaccination programme.
The vaccination only works in badgers that do not have the disease already.
But Neil Pilcher, the Senior Conservation Officer at the Trust, says those badgers in the area that are already infected with the virus will die off within the project timescale.
Badgers are caught in traps through the night, then vaccinated against bovine TB and marked.
The badgers must be released within a few hours of sunrise.
Volunteers and staff of Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust have been ensuring badgers are used to the traps before they can be vaccinated.
The trust then sets down traps on two consecutive nights to capture the badgers, so they can be given the vaccine. They are then marked to help surveys detect which badgers are vaccinated.
Badgers are being vaccinated against bovine TB, as part of a project by Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.
The Trust want to vaccinate badgers against the disease to stop it spreading to cattle, and oppose the planned culling that is due to take place in the West Country next week.
The Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust, who are planning to vaccinate badgers on their nature reserves instead of culling them to prevent the risk of Bovine TB, believe a cull is not the answer.
"We are very conscious of the hardship that bovine TB 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."
Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is trying to raise £30,000 to vaccinate badgers against bovine TB on its key nature reserves.
The Trust is opposed to the Government plans of badger culling and say it won't happen on their land.
The Trust says it owns three pedigree cattle herds, which it uses to provide conservation grazing, vital to manage wetland, grassland and heathland nature reserves in the counties.
It's asking for help to raise the money to vaccinate the badgers on its nature reserves.
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