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
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.
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