We vaccinated three farms in 2014 and this is the third and final one. Catch rates again were excellent with twice as many badgers captured on the second night as on the first. We thought there were three individuals based on camera trap footage but we actually managed to catch four at once so obviously there were a few more camera-shy ones lurking…I haven’t any videos this time but here’s a time lapse of a badger being released – apologies for the poor picture quality but my phone camera doesn’t like low light conditions much.
This one obviously moved a bit too fast for the camera but if you look closely there is a stripy blur in the middle of the picture!
Here’s a (relatively) nice shot of a badger about to be released showing the blue patch we sprayed on him so we know he has been vaccinated already.
It has been a great privilege to be involved in this vaccination scheme and I’m very much looking forward to surveying some new vaccination sites for 2015. If you want to get involved, join Wirral and Cheshire Badger Group and come badger surveying with us, we would love to have you.