Bovine TB: authorisation for badger control in 2019

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Natural England has licensed and authorised 11 new badger control areas to begin operations in 2019. It has also authorised the licence holders to resume operations in 29 existing badger control areas in 2019. Licence holders met all the criteria specified in Defra’s guidance to Natural England, dated May 2018.

Natural England has reissued the Annex A for 2 licences due to a change to their control areas as licensed in 2018. These areas were 24-Devon and 32-Cumbria. It has also reissued the Annex B for all existing licences from area 4 to area 32 (inclusive). This follows a review of the conditions relating to licensed actions on or around protected sites.

Table 1: Badger control areas authorised in 2019

Area number and county Minimum number Maximum number Authorisation date Year of operations
Area 4 – Cornwall None 142 5 September 2019 Year 4
Area 5 – Cornwall None 276 5 September 2019 Year 4
Area 6 – Devon 208 1087 29 August 2019 Year 4
Area 7 – Devon None 290 5 September 2019 Year 4
Area 8 – Dorset 377 1586 5 September 2019 Year 4
Area 9 – Gloucestershire 282 1181 5 September 2019 Year 4
Area 10 – Herefordshire 94 362 29 August 2019 Year 4
Area 11 – Cheshire 701 988 5 September 2019 Year 3
Area 12 – Devon None 863 29 August 2019 Year 3
Area 13 – Devon 598 1128 5 September 2019 Year 3
Area 14 – Devon 268 608 5 September 2019 Year 3
Area 15 – Devon 420 656 5 September 2019 Year 3
Area 16 – Dorset 2205 3835 29 August 2019 Year 3
Area 17 – Somerset 777 1414 29 August 2019 Year 3
Area 18 – Somerset 323 575 29 August 2019 Year 3
Area 19 – Wiltshire 1220 2237 5 September 2019 Year 3
Area 20 – Wiltshire 593 1034 29 August 2019 Year 3
Area 21 – Wiltshire 793 1434 5 September 2019 Year 3
Area 22 – Cornwall 1250 2706 5 September 2019 Year 2
Area 23 – Devon 1798 3043 29 August 2019 Year 2
Area 24 – Devon 223 536 5 September 2019 Year 2
Area 25 – Devon 827 1322 5 September 2019 Year 2
Area 26 – Devon 479 901 5 September 2019 Year 2
Area 27 – Devon 107 225 5 September 2019 Year 2
Area 28 – Devon 392 658 5 September 2019 Year 2
Area 29 – Gloucestershire 1455 2346 29 August 2019 Year 2
Area 30 – Somerset 2505 4158 29 August 2019 Year 2
Area 31 – Staffordshire 433 1880 5 September 2019 Year 2
Area 32 – Cumbria N/A N/A 29 August 2019 Year 2
Area 33 – Avon 1297 1758 29 August 2019 Year 1
Area 34 – Cheshire 1389 1883 5 September 2019 Year 1
Area 35 – Cornwall 2756 3736 5 September 2019 Year 1
Area 36 – Staffordshire 780 1058 10 September 2019 Year 1
Area 37 – Devon 1479 2005 5 September 2019 Year 1
Area 38 – Devon 1374 1863 5 September 2019 Year 1
Area 39 – Dorset 1052 1426 29 August 2019 Year 1
Area 40 – Herefordshire 3020 4094 5 September 2019 Year 1
Area 41 – Staffordshire 1228 1665 5 September 2019 Year 1
Area 42 – Wiltshire 2906 3939 29 August 2019 Year 1
Area 43 – Wiltshire 1476 2001 29 August 2019 Year 1

Licence holders carry out operations under a 4-year licence. This allows badger control to take place in the licensed control area every year between 1 June and 31 January inclusive.

The licence holder will decide the start date for control operations within this period.

Natural England has confirmed to the licence holders the minimum and maximum numbers of badgers they can remove.

Protected sites listed in the Annex Bs are not necessarily part of any active operations. These can and will only occur on protected sites where the landowner or occupier has granted permission.

The licences only permit badger control to take place outside these closed seasons:

  • controlled shooting – 1 February to 31 May
  • cage-trapping and shooting – 1 December to 31 May
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