Wirral and Cheshire Badger Group are building on their vaccination programme started last year. We hope to include more sites in 2015, but our priority is to make sure we vaccinate again at all the sites we did last year. Guidance is that we need five consecutive years’ vaccination at each site to obtain herd immunity, so that’s what we’re going to do!
We began by re-surveying a site near Chester. Each site needs to be surveyed prior to vaccination to see whether anything has changed or any new setts have been dug which might be good locations for trapping badgers. It’s quite a bit easier re-surveying a site than it is starting from scratch, as you can imagine, and it was gratifying to find that the badger setts recorded last year were still active and that activity patterns seemed fairly consistent with last year’s results. This suggests we would do well to put the bait and traps out in the same places as last year.
Hopefully the other sites needing re-survey this year will be as straightforward 🙂