Last month, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust outlined its horror at the prospect that up to 70,000 badgers will be killed this autumn as a result of the Government’s decision to expand the contentious badger cull into a number of areas for the first time. Today the Trust has spoken of its frustration at the lack of transparency surrounding the cull and its shock and dismay at finding out that parts of Nottinghamshire are included in a licence announced as Area 48 – Leicestershire.
A month on from the announcement that parts of Leicestershire were to be included in the cull for the first time, the Trust has been able to confirm that badgers it has vaccinated are highly likely to be killed as a result - and the charity has also learned that culling will also take place in Nottinghamshire, despite the county being omitted from the public announcements.
The cull expansion came just 6 months after the Government made a commitment to move away from lethal controls and to support the expansion of badger vaccinations, which the Trust has been delivering on the Notts/Leicestershire border for the past four years with DEFRA funding.
Speaking on behalf of Nottinghamshire Wildlife, Trust Janice Bradley, who has led its badger vaccination programme for the last four years said: