Natural England - Authorisation of extension to badger control licence in west Somerset

Authorisation of extension to badger control licence in west Somerset

11 October 2013

Natural England has today confirmed that criteria have been met to allow control of badgers to continue under licence in west Somerset for the purpose of preventing the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB).

The new licence: (188kb)pdf document authorises a three-week control operation to be carried out this autumn and supplements that authorised under the original four-year licence granted in October last year.

Under the original licence 850 badgers were culled during a six-week period which ended earlier this week. The new licence allows the licensee to continue culling and specifies a minimum number of 165 and a maximum number of 282 to deliver disease control benefits while reducing the risk of local extinction.

An application to extend culling in west Gloucestershire has also been received by Natural England and will be processed in due course.


Notes to editors:

Licensing criteria

The licensee has formally requested a three-week extension to culling operations to Natural England and confirmed that:

  • sufficient funds are in place to complete control operations
  • details of persons authorised to carry out control activity remain unchanged
  • details of participants and cull area remain unchanged.

Natural England has confirmed to the licensee:

  • the permitted maximum and minimum numbers of badgers that will be subject to control operations.

Guidance to Natural England external link (specifies the criteria Natural England need to take account of in developing and issuing licences)

West Somerset letter of authorisation October 2013: (33kb)pdf document

*Close seasons:

Controlled shooting: 1 Feb – 31 May
Cage-trapping and shooting: 1 December – 31 May
Cage-trapping and vaccination: 1 December - 30 April

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