TV star Ben is all sett for Edale’s badgers

Ben Fogle, with members of the Derbyshire Widlife Trust
Ben Fogle, with members of the Derbyshire Widlife Trust

Television’s Ben Fogle had an early start in Edale last week when he lent a helping hand to the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s badger vaccination scheme.

On Thursday July 30, Ben and his crew were up at 4.30am to witness the vaccinations first hand and were impressed by the team’s work.

The trust targeted setts on three adjoining farms in Edale, in what they describe as their “best vaccination yet.”

Debbie Bailey, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s badger vaccination co-ordinator, said: “We estimate that we caught and vaccinated well over 80 per cent of the badgers that live in these setts in this latest round of vaccinations.

“We usually achieve around 70 per cent so we are delighted with the results.

“We know the percentage we get as we monitor the site with cameras before we go ahead with the vaccinations.”

Under the scheme vaccinations are focusing on 26 square kilometres of farmland and National Trust land in and around Edale – an area considered at high risk of bovine TB.

The scheme is in partnership with the National Trust and is funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under its Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme.

Ben Fogle shot to fame on the BBC’s Castaway programme in 2000 and has since presented programmes on the BBC, ITV, Channel 5, Sky, Discovery and National Geographic.

In addition to this he is also an adventure sportsman, often pairing with Olympic rower James Cracknell in endurance challenges.

The piece will go out on an episode of ITV’s Countrywise programme due to air in the Autumn.