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.