Debbie's vaccination season report

With both satisfaction and some sadness for the Oxfordshire Badger Group Vaccination team, the 2020 season is now over. Thank you for supporting us along the way.

This season we’ve had complications with Covid restrictions but have become a very strong and close-knit team. Through paperwork, sett surveying, pre-baiting, lugging cages and equipment on site, to the final hours of vaccination we have laughed, moaned, sworn, smiled, and probably shed a tear or two.

I don’t think a simple thank you can express the gratitude that should be extended to everyone involved. From the landowners and farmers that allow vaccination on their land to each member of the outstanding volunteer team who freely gave up their evenings and early mornings on the weekends.

It was amazing to finish on a high with 10 badgers in 11 cages on one particular farm and if it wasn’t for social distancing, I’m sure the team would have been hugging each other.

We are all heartbroken at the news that a licence has been granted for the culling of up to 2223 badgers in Oxfordshire this Autumn. But we will not stop vaccinating and we will be back in 2021 bigger than ever. We have more landowners and farmers signing up ready for next year’s season and we will be taking on more volunteer field assistants.

The money you have donate so far will help pay for some of this year’s field assistants to train to become vaccinators as well as more consumables such as vaccine, peanuts and biosecurity items.

Please continue to donate, no matter how small, it all goes towards the badgers.
We will be working hard over the autumn and winter talking to farmers and sett surveying new land ready for the 2021 season.

Thank you
Debbie White
Oxfordshire Badger Group
Badger Vaccination Co-ordinator.