The harvest is nearly all collected, and it is noticeable that the evenings are starting to draw in. Being out vaccinating badgers early in the morning means we also notice the sun rising later, and our early mornings aren’t quite so early.
It is always with a sense of completion and a little sadness when we pack up and leave a site after another Round of badger vaccination has ended.
Over the two weeks we are out building relationships with the landowners, many of them who help by coming out with us. Studying every footprint, snuffle hole and latrine, following every trail, getting to know the badger’s movements, comparing trail camera footage, and analysing bait point take up.
What a start to the season! With new volunteers keen to get involved, Round one of 2021 began with our core team of 8 being joined by 6 new volunteers on 4 sites. After all the recent rain, the weather was on our side and we vaccinated over two beautiful May mornings.
We were also very lucky that the landowners wanted to get involved as well, sharing their knowledge of their own land, their insights into how the badgers used their land. We were also given a massive advantage as three of the landowners were proficient with trail cameras.
Oxfordshire Badger Group’s vaccination 2021 season will be starting in a few weeks and we are all getting VERY excited. We are back this year bigger than ever, with double the number of
vaccination sites and new volunteers.
Over the winter we have secured a grant from The Badger Trust to contribute towards training more licenced volunteers. We also received a generous donation from Mr. Lumpy and Friends, which
will help pay for a new portable vaccine fridge. This will allow us to operate a second, independent team on vaccination mornings.
Thank you for all your support and donations during 2020. Please continue to support our vaccination project throughout 2021.
OBG was delighted to host the 3rd in a series of webinars with the Badger Trust. Our guests were Dominic Dyer, Debbie Bailey and Craig Fellows. We chatted about the badger cull, vaccination and wildlife crime. The video is available to view here.
A good article by Tom Williams in the Oxford Mail on 16th January. Well worth a read.