ALERT Badger Culling in Oxfordshire?

We have to prepare for the worst in 2018



Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond. OBG will be sharing the main points from it's response shortly. Meanwhile the campaign goes on.




ZSL response to DEFRA Consultation on removing the 10 area limit on badger culling
Shared by Prof. Rosie Woodroffe via Team Badger 10 Apr 2018
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SL response to DEFRA Consultation on badger culling in Low Risk Areas
Shared by Prof. Rosie Woodroffe via Team Badger 10 Apr 2018
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Rosie explains why the cull expansion shouldn't happen

 Click the map to read her blog about what the proposals mean.

The Badger Trust Statement

Over the past 5 years, 35,000 or more badgers have been needlessly shot under licence across England, as part of the government’s strategy for reducing bovine TB in cattle. The vast majority of these badgers (over 85%) are likely to perfectly healthy and TB free and there is little evidence that the tiny proportion that are TB infected pose any major risk of disease transmission to badgers or cattle.
After five years of culls that are estimated to have cost the tax payer over £50 million, the government has failed to provide any reliable evidence that the indiscriminate cruel slaughter of tens of thousands of badgers is having any significant contribution on lowering the level of bovine TB in cattle in or around the cull zones.

The Badger Trust considers badger culling to be cruel, scientifically ineffective and hugely costly to the tax payer. If the government continues to roll out the badger cull to both high and low risk TB areas across England hundreds of thousands of badgers could be killed by 2020, which could result in local extinction of the species from parts of the country which they have inhabited since the ice age

Orphaned cub rescue

From now through June unweaned cubs that lose their mothers may need your help. If you find an abandoned cub here's what to do:

  • if it is safe to do so, stop it from running away, keep it warm and leave it alone - eg put it into a box or cat basket with an old towel or blanket and keep it quiet
  • stay with the cub until help arrives
  • dehydration is a serious threat so orphaned cubs need to be taken into specialist care without delay
  • taking the animal to your local vet is not recommended except as a last resort
  • call  your local wildlife hospital (preferred) or the the RSPCA explaining the situation and giving precise location details
  • report the incident to  during office hours if you need more advice. We don't offer a guaranteed daytime call out service but will help if at all possible

Share the good or bad news! There is no better feeling than seeing a cub thriving in the care of the amazing wildlife hospitals. We are so lucky to have Tiggywinkles and The Vale on hand.


Wildlife crime suspicions?

We seem to be having more reports of sett interference, actual crime and suspicious 'multi-casualty' and off-road badger deaths. Sadly this is a known spin-off from the badger call. Be alert.

Keep safe. Get a police crime number. Tell OBG or the Badger Trust.

Visit our 'Report Page' for more details.

BBC South 27March2018: OBG and Dominic Dyer on plans to cull our badgers

Natural England is considering extending the Cull to  Oxfordshire and other areas with low  BTB rates.  It will be open season. In the cull zones shooters  are licenced to kill 70% of  the badger population.  Almost all will be healthy.


Last year our government culled badgers  on an industrial scale. They  are gone from woods, banks and meadows in a widening  series of brutal bloody countryside purges. Policy based on dubious science and decisions that undermine the law and help encourage  all manner of brutal wildlife  crime.


What can you do?

Donate—Oxfordshire Badger Group  is fundraising to  support  the ongoing legal battle and direct anti-cull action


Sign up—for news and calls for action including sett surveying and possible  patrolling during the cull  months


Report  & watch — setts, badger sightings, incidents

Lobby your local Councillors, MP & DEFRA— Badgers have friends who  VOTE


 Email DEFRA and copy to your MP:


Find your MP: via the official link using your postcode

The government seems hell bent on rolling the cull out to more and more regions every year. There is no scientific justification and the costs - to badgers, people, communities and to  taxpayers are horrendous. Badgers are being needlessly demonised and crime is rising as a direct result. We join the Badger Trust,  Team Badger,  leading scientists and majority of the public in opposing the cull.


The cull succeeds on only one level. A protected and much loved species is being killed under licence 

Unsure? Check the Badger Trust's Can the Cull pages

The badger cull is a political issue. There is a powerful lobby  wanting to weaken wildlife and environmental regulation and place control in the hands of landowners and the farming industry.    Badgers protected status makes them a very inconvenient animal.

  • They can delay building works by up to 6 months.
  • The blood sport 'industry' views them as a threat to game birds
  • Setts offer foxes sanctuary from illegal Hunt activities
  • Cattle farmers look for a scapegoat

A property developer leads at Natural England. The Minister in charge of DEFRA is committed to deregulation and has volunteered to accept funding cuts.   So it is no surprise that property developers, the National Farmers Union (NFU) and Countryside Alliance are - literally - calling the shots. Thousands of 'ordinary' people are already taking part in organised, peaceful effective  opposition. Increasing this effort is the best and only rational response to any increase in culling.

We can't save badgers if we don't know where they are. 

The cull will almost certainly  come to Oxfordshire in 2018.

 The good news is that the best way to prepare is to update and verify our sett records. That's business as usual for a badger group. The bad news is that we have records going back 40 years, nearly 1000 setts to check out and one year to do it.


Do you have time to go and check  setts in your area? Can you spare a moment to report  sightings to us? Will you write to your MP and help keep badgers a political hot potato?


Last year, our neighbours in Gloucestershire face extended cull zones & longer culling periods - well into the breeding season. Pregnant and lactating females and young cubs will die if not protected. The N. Cotswold's also become a killing zone for the first time. So long as Oxfordshire is spared OBG will encourage everyone to try and get  across the border into Gloucestershire and help  GABS defend badgers. 


If and when the cull arrives here we will need many more volunteers to help organise


Volunteer. Report. Lobby. March. Do something.

Save our Badgers

Resources & links

The cull has ended for this year. The important work of sett mapping continues.

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