Badger vaccination guide

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1 Careful research of the area helps to highlight setts and badger ‘runs’.

2 A two-week ‘pre-baiting’ period allows badgers to become accustomed to the equipment.

3 The number of final traps required is assessed prior to the vaccinating.

4 Traps are set to ‘live’ and baited with peanuts the afternoon prior to deployment.

5 Vaccinators arrive before sunrise and check how many badgers have been caught.

6 All traps must be cleared within three hours of first light to ensure badger welfare.

7 Badgers are injected with the BCG vaccine (which is kept at an optimal temperature via a mobile fridge).

8 A small fur clip and dye spray ensures re-captures are noted on the following day and released where necessary.

9 Detailed records are kept from each session and filed to Natural England.

 

10 The process will continue annually for up to five years.