This is the largest ever seasonal cull and will bring the total shot to 35% of the UK’s badger population, with more than 70,000 badgers shot this autumn across the UK. The Government has reissued three cull zones in Staffordshire. The number of permitted badgers culled could be as high as 5515 this year in the county.
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has long-campaigned against the culling of badgers and advocates the development of a cattle vaccine instead, along with DEFRA-funded badger vaccination and incentives aimed at improving biosecurity on farms and during the movement of cattle.
The county’s largest nature conservation charity, who were one of the first Trusts to adopt a programme of badger vaccination, will not give permission for a cull to take place on its nature reserves and are currently undertaking a badger vaccination programme on a number of locations across the county.