ALERT Badger Culling in Oxfordshire?

We have to prepare for the worst in 2018

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 MP & DEFRA— Badgers have friends who  VOTE



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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