Wildlife The Magazine of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Winter 2013 News
Don't cull, say Trusts Shoals of public support for marine protection SPECIES NEWS
Water voles disappearing EMEC Ecology working to restore key species RESERVES
Big 50 update Skylarks Appeal goes from strength to strength... LIVING LANDSCAPES
A long old job Working with partners to restore key waterways
YEARS OF PROTECTING WILDLIFE Protecting Wildlife for the Future
News UK UPDATE
© Tom Marshall
A vaccination underway. Trusts believe a cull will only make the spread of bTB worse
The Wildlife Trusts’ Joan Edwards (right) with representatives from other charities
Don’t cull, say Trusts Shoals of public support for marine protection While the first pilot badger culls have been carried out in Somerset and Gloucestershire, The Wildlife Trusts continue to vaccinate badgers on their nature reserves and, with farmers, on surrounding land.
The cull, claimed to be the best way to reduce TB in cattle (bTB), is opposed by wildlife organisations, scientists and the public. More than 300,000 people supported a government e-petition against culling. Although sympathetic with farmers, The Wildlife Trusts are firmly against the cull and will not allow culling on our land.
More than 350,000 people have called for the designation of a network of Marine Conservation Zones (or MCZs) around the UK. The Wildlife Trusts and other environmental charities presented the pledges to Downing Street in June.
Two years ago Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust began to vaccinate badgers in high bTB risk areas to demonstrate its practicality. There are now 13 Trusts either vaccinating badgers or raising funds to do so. Some are vaccinating in the zone between high and low risk areas – the ‘firewall’ approach.
The Wildlife Trusts remain concerned that the Government has failed to commit to the designation of a complete network of MCZs in English seas. An extensive regional consultation in 2010-12 involving a million people recommended 127 sites be set up. So far the Government is only considering 31.
We will continue to press for greater emphasis on badger vaccination. But the long-term goal is development of a cattle vaccine alongside other measures to reduce bTB such as improved farm biosecurity, restrictions on livestock movements and breeding genetic resistance in cattle.
The Government must now make a statement on its next steps. It’s hoped the pledges will provide a mandate for swift and effective action. For more information please visit wildlifetrusts.org/mcz
Latest news, and donate to vaccination projects: wildlifetrusts.org/badgers-and-bovineTB
Around the Wildlife Trusts Leicestershire & Rutland
The British Birdwatching Fair, jointly organised by the Trust with RSPB, celebrated its 25th year in August. Thousands of wildlife enthusiasts attend the event at Rutland Water every year. wtru.st/25thBirdfair
Green energy company Ecotricity is donating up to £60 to the Trust for each customer switching their energy supply. This raises funds for conservation and helps develop green energy. wtru.st/EcotricityDonate
The Dyfi Osprey Project has received £1000 from BT’s Give As You Earn fund. The cheque was presented by a BT employee who was inspired by the ospreys while battling breast cancer. wtru.st/BTOspreys
Volunteers from a local brewery have built an artificial otter holt at Hickling Broad reserve. Now it has received its first otter visitor. The Trust hopes breeding activity may be filmed there in the future. wtru.st/HicklingHolt
Notes from the Chief Executive © Andy Wickham
John Everitt, Chie