Badger culling to take place in parts of Wiltshire

Badger culling to take place in parts of Wiltshire

Published by Jack Deery at 12:02pm 12th September 2019. (Updated at 2:00pm 12th September 2019)

Eleven new licenses have been granted by Natural England in areas across the UK.

Wiltshire is only behind Devon, out of the new areas. in the amount of badgers that can be culled in the area.

It's part of a nationwide plan to try and control Tuberculosis in cattle with Farming Minister George Eustice saying it's the "greatest animal health threat to the UK, costing taxpayers over £100m every year."

But the Badger Trust's CEO Dominic Dyer has responded to the news by criticising the Government for signing off "the largest destruction of protected species in living memory" and described it as "an unforgivable act of ecological vandalism and a national disgrace."

The Wildlife Trusts have also responded on social media:

Culls will also go ahead in new areas around Bristol, Cheshire, Devon, Cornwall, Staffordshire, Dorset and Herefordshire.

Natural England has also authorised licence holders to resume operations in 29 existing areas including Hampshire.

LOCATIONS IN WILTSHIRE

There are a number of special areas of conservation in the county that are going to be used, according to Natural England, some of them are:

  • Bowerchalke Downs
  • Camp Down
  • Cranbourne Chase
  • East Harnham Meadows
  • Figsbury Ring
  • Landford Heath
  • Lower Woodford and Water Meadows
  • Odstock Down
  • Salisbury Plain
  • West Harnham chalk pit
  • Wylye and Church Dean Downs
  • Upper Chicksgrove quarry
  • Steeple Langford Down 
  • Savernake Forest
  • Porton Down
  • Pewsey Downs
  • Parsonage Down
  • Longleat woods

 

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