Badger Cull confirmed in Cheshire for 2017

Trust dismayed to learn badger cull to take place in Cheshire

Cheshire Wildlife Trust are saddened to hear that the Government’s plan to cull badgers in Cheshire has been announced. Farmers in Cheshire have received training for cage trap killing of badgers and have also done sett trapping. The cull is expected to start in late August.

Friday 9th June 2017

The cull, which is proposed in an area, spanning from Knutsford through to Congleton will have a major impact on this nocturnal and elusive species.

“We are dismayed by this news”, said Martin Varley, Director of Conservation at Cheshire Wildlife Trust. “Whilst we are very conscious of the hardship that bovine TB causes in the farming community we remain firmly opposed to the Government’s continued strategy of putting badger culling at the heart of efforts to tackle the disease. We do not believe that a cull is the answer.”

Between 2012 and 2015 Cheshire Wildlife Trust was involved in a pilot vaccination scheme for badgers and a research project to investigate evidence around badgers being a cause of the spread of TB.

“Previous culls have failed and scientific evidence indicates that culling is unlikely to make a significant improvement in cattle infection rates. It is also not known what proportion of this disease in cattle arises from badgers. Our view is it is better to concentrate on vaccination of cattle in the long-term and vaccination of badgers in the short-term as more effective means of control.” Martin Varley stated.