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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 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.

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.

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.

  1. Bovine TB: badger control policy value for money analysis
  2. Bovine TB: surveillance in wildlife in England 2016 to 2017
  3. Bovine TB: summary of badger control monitoring during 2017
  4. Bovine TB: incidence of TB in cattle in licensed badger control areas in 2013 to 2016
  5. Bovine TB: summary of badger control monitoring during 2016
  6. Bovine TB: summary of badger control monitoring during 2015
  7. Bovine TB: summary of badger control monitoring during 2014
  8. Bovine TB: incidence of TB in cattle in licensed badger control areas in 2014 to 2015
  9. Monitoring the humaneness and effectiveness of badger culling in 2014
  10. Pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire: report by the Independent Expert Panel
  11. Pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire: Defra response to the report by the Independent Expert Panel
  12. Measures to address bovine tuberculosis in badgers: impact assessment
  13. Wildlife of a badger control policy in England: evaluation of the potential consequences
  14. Bovine TB: incidence of TB in cattle in licenced badger control areas in 2013 to 2017

Costs of badger control

  1. Bovine TB: government badger control costs

Chief Veterinary Officer's advice

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

Government policy

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

Consultations

  1. Bovine TB Strategy review 2018: call for evidence
  2. Bovine TB: introducing licensed badger controls in the Low Risk Area of England
  3. Bovine TB: revising guidance for licensing badger control areas
  4. Bovine TB: Extending the use of Approved Tuberculin Testers (ATTs) to perform skin tests on cattle in England
  5. Bovine TB: simplifying testing in the High Risk Area of England
  6. Bovine TB: supplementary badger disease control
  7. Bovine TB: comment on a badger control licence application or expression of interest
  8. Bovine TB: updating the criteria for badger control licence applications
Published 30 August 2016
Last updated 13 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. New document added
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Added the summary of badger control monitoring during 2017 and the Chief Veterinary Officer’s advice on the outcome of the 2017 badger culls.
  6. 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.
  7. Added link to authorisation for supplementary badger control in Gloucestershire and Somerset.
  8. 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.
  9. First published.