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 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46150548
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.