Public unaware popular English holiday destinations are in badger culling hotspots as summer starts

Badger cubs targeted in latest free shooting cull zones as local badger populations risk collapse.


With the summer now in full swing, people across the country are venturing to popular tourist destinations across the southwest of England to enjoy the great British outdoors. Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Wiltshire all boast areas of natural beauty, from scenic countryside to ancient woodland, areas which become popular tourist hotspots at this time of year.


Public unaware popular English holiday destinations are in badger culling hotspots as summer starts Can the Cull Campaign

Yet these regions are among the most heavily targeted by the Government's badger culling strategy.


Today, 1st June, marks the beginning of this year's badger cull season. However, whilst Defra claimed the phasing out of badger culling has now begun, they have announced a further ten zones for supplementary culling. As a result, Devon, Cornwall, Staffordshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset, areas which have completed their intensive badger culling, have now all been issued with supplementary cull licences alongside existing supplementary cull zones.


Badger Trust urges the public to be aware of the locations subjected to badger culling as licensed gunmen will be free-shooting at night in a bid to reach their badger kill targets. In some counties, these numbers surpass 7,500 targeted badgers, a kill rate aimed to be completed by gunmen in a 42 day period.


Peter Hambly, Executive Director of Badger Trust, commented:

Shooters are licensed to kill over 25,000 badgers and their cubs across these cull zones. This is at a time when four-month-old cubs are foraging further from their setts.