Badger Trust Symposium 2018

Saturday 10th November was this years Badger Trust Symposium.

Conferences or symposiums are a fantastic way to learn more about a group, species or organisation.

The day started off with a couple of talks about Bovine TB coming from speakers such as Debbie Bailey who does fantastic work on badger vaccinations, Professor Malcolm Bennett from University of Nottingham. As well as David Drew MP and Berwyn Clarke (CEO PBD Biotech).

It was interesting to hear about the pros and cons of the different types of tests for bTB and the different spoligotypes and how they are dispersed across the country.

After a short break the most inspiring and heartbreaking talk of the day was on wildlife crime. It is always quite hard to listen to how much wildlife crime goes on. The panel was made up with Mark Jones (Born Free Foundation), Bob Elliot (OneKind), Martin Simms (League Against Cruel Sports), Inspector Louise Hubble (National Wildlife Crime Unit), Craig Fellows (retired police wildlife crime officer). Chaired by Dominic Dyer (CEO Badger Trust)

During lunch it was great to catch up with some familiar faces and get a chance to meet new people.

The most engaging talk was straight after lunch by Iain McGill, who has been campaigning on the news this week  after he accused DEFRA of telling ‘barefaced lies’ about the effectiveness of the recent badger cull.

You can read more here

After a lecture about the impact of HS2 rail project on badgers, came Pauline Kidner from Secret World. Pauline is always a great speaker and it’s compelling to listen to her talk about her experience in looking after badgers.

Already looking forward to the next one.

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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3 Responses to Badger Trust Symposium 2018

  1. Interesting to read the reports on this very controversial subject. The numbers of badgers culled must be seriously threatening to the species survival? Sterling work by those who seek the facts rather than DEFRA resorting to the mass culling of the wildlife. Guessing the farmers should be implementing tougher measures to protect the spread of the disease?

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    • The original idea is to cull up to 70% of badger population. Which could lead to local extinction. Badgers aren’t the only animals that can contract bTB so even if badgers are culled in great numbers it wouldn’t stop the spread. There are other ways to prevent the spread of the disease.

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  2. Thanks for an interesting report on the day! x

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