Birds charity opens up hide to watch badgers at reservoir

Martin Lewes


The RSPB has opened a hide at Haweswater where people can watch not birds, but badgers.

Patrick Neaves

For many years the reserve at Haweswater was the home to England's only nesting golden eagles, and wardens staffed a hide with telescopes that was visited by thousand of people every year.

With the last eagle having disappeared some years ago, the wardens are setting up guided visits to observe a badger set elsewhere in the area, from a hide that means the creatures will not be disturbed.

Farmers sign up for badger vaccination scheme

Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

About 20 farmers in mid-Cornwall have made an agreement to take part in a badger TB vaccination scheme over the next four years.

The Cornwall Wildlife Trust says the vaccinations will be funded through donations and will begin in May. The participating farms are based in clay country near St Austell.

Defra says Bovine TB remains one of the greatest animal health threats to the UK.

The National Farmers Union believes a badger cull is the most effective way of controlling the spread of Bovine TB.