Much excitement as we edge closer to starting our vaccination programme for real. The surveys are done. The vaccinators have been trained. We have our licence. We have our traps. We know where we want to put them. And by the time you read this we will have started pre-baiting with peanuts and hopefully trapping and vaccinating badgers at at least one of our sites.
To support all this activity I attended a training session on how to pre-bait badger traps. We only have a couple of vaccinators, so we need an army of pre-baiters available to visit each site daily, check whether the badgers are taking the bait, adjust the bait if necessary and generally act as minions to the vaccinators until we reach the stage where the badgers are familiar and comfortable with the traps. When this happens, we call the vaccinators who will come to site, set the traps, and come back in the morning to vaccinate any badgers trapped in accordance with their training.
I’m looking forward to getting involved once the botanical survey season is more or less over towards the end of September. No doubt by the end of October I will be fully familiar with all the local places to buy large quantities of peanuts at odd times of day…. loving it 🙂