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Bovine TB: controlling the risk of bovine TB from badgers

Information on what the government is doing to control the risk of bovine tuberculosis (TB) from badgers.

This collection brings together information on what Defra is doing to control the risk of bovine TB from badgers, as part of our wider measures to control bovine TB.

Licences and authorisations

Licences and authorisations issued by Natural England to permit local farmers and landowners to remove badgers to prevent the spread of bovine TB.

Badger control methods

Best practice for local farmers and landowners licensed by Natural England to remove badgers under licence for the purpose of preventing the spread of bovine TB.

Costs of badger control

Badger vaccination

Information about the badger vaccination including:

  • how to run a badger vaccination scheme (BEVS and independently)
  • training and scheme requirements to get a vaccination license
  • details showing the number of badgers vaccinated against TB in England

You can apply for a licence to take and mark badgers for vaccination to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bovine TB) in cattle if you or the person named on your application is qualified to do so.

Monitoring and evaluation

Reports of compliance monitoring, policy impact assessments and the Independent Expert Panel’s report on the badger control pilots in 2013 and the government response.

Chief Veterinary Officer's advice

Chief Veterinary Officer’s advice on the effectiveness and humaneness of licensed badger control operations.

Defra advice to Natural England

Defra advice to Natural England on setting minimum and maximum number of badgers to be controlled. It includes a description of the methods used by Defra for estimating the badger populations.

Government policy

The following key policy statements deal with the control of badgers as part of our wider measures to control bovine TB.

Consultations

Published 30 August 2016
Last updated 7 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added Bovine TB: authorisation for badger control in 2020 to the licences and authorisations section.

  2. Added the Bovine TB: summary of badger control monitoring during 2019

  3. Added a link to licence to take and mark badgers for vaccination to prevent the spread of bovine TB in cattle to the collection section 1 and in the badger vaccination guide.

  4. Notification of Natural England review of how it licences badger vaccination.

  5. Added Bovine TB: authorisation for badger control in 2019 to the licences and authorisations section.

  6. Added the Defra advice to NE on numbers for badger culling for 2019.

  7. Added the section on Badger vaccination and added some Natural England consultations to the list.

  8. Authorisation letters for supplementary badger control in Gloucestershire and Somerset in 2019 added.

  9. New document added

  10. Added the 2018 advice to Natural England on setting minimum and maximum numbers of badgers to be controlled and authorisations for badger control in 2018.

  11. Authorisation letters for supplementary badger control in Gloucestershire and Somerset in 2018 added. Also added the summary of supplementary badger control 2017 and the Chief Veterinary Officer’s advice on the outcome.

  12. Added the publications for surveillance in wildlife in England 2016 to 2017, introducing licensed badger controls in the Low Risk Area (England), revising guidance for licensing badger control areas and a strategy for achieving Bovine Tuberculosis Free Status for England: 2018 review.

  13. Added the summary of badger control monitoring during 2017 and the Chief Veterinary Officer’s advice on the outcome of the 2017 badger culls.

  14. Added the advice to Natural England on setting minimum and maximum numbers of badgers to be controlled in 2017 and incidence of TB in cattle in licensed badger control areas in 2013 to 2016 report.

  15. Added link to authorisation for supplementary badger control in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

  16. Added a summary of badger control monitoring during 2016, Chief Veterinary Officer’s advice on the outcome of the 2016 badger culls and a consultation on supplementary badger disease control.

  17. First published.