Wildlife Trust in Gloucestershire set to vaccinate badgers.

Reports in the Farmers Guardian say that Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is to embark on a programme of badger vaccination in its nature reserves this summer. 

The latest TB statistics show nearly one in three Gloucestershire herds were under TB restriction at some point last year, making it one of the worst affected counties in Britain.

The wildlife trust is currently working with the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) to identify locations within its nature reserves where badgers and cattle co-exist and where there is a TB problem.

Once the surveying is complete and staff have been trained and approved to administer the injectable vaccine, the process is likely to being in early summer.

Apparently the trust will fund the entire process, including set up costs of around £5,000 plus staff time, and is prepared to repeat the process for at least five years.

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