Badgers in Edale

badger, sunlight

Rich in wildlife, the Edale valley is home to a wide variety of woodland birds, foxes, stoats, rabbits and badgers. The meadows and grasslands are filled with wildflowers throughout the summer months.

Deep in a hidden corner of the Edale valley, a group of experts are actively working to combat a disease which threatens the delicate balance of this special place. Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is a serious problem that needs urgent attention and as a major landowner with many farming tenants, we understand how devastating an outbreak of bovine TB can be. The top priority is to stop the spread of the disease between cattle, however, bovine TB in badger populations can cause infections in some cattle herds.

We are working in partnership with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, the National Farmers Union (NFU), the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and with National Trust tenant farmers to carry out badger vaccinations. The scheme is focused on Edale and aims to help slow and eventually stop the spread of bovine TB into this area and beyond. The work is funded by Defra under its Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme.

The vaccination programme takes place over the summer and autumn months,with teams of volunteers setting out at dusk and dawn to find the badgers. These dedicated volunteers have played a key part in the success of this scheme.