Consultation outcome

Bovine TB: updating the criteria for badger control licence applications

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Summary of responses

Detail of outcome

We received 1,378 responses to this consultation.

We have published new guidance to Natural England on licences to control the risk of bovine tuberculosis from badgers. This incorporates the three proposals that were consulted on.

Original consultation


Seeking views on proposals to update the licensing criteria for badger control in England. This would apply to applications from 2016.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about our proposed licence changes. They will provide more flexibility in controlling badger populations in areas where bovine TB is common. The changes would apply to applications to Natural England, for a licence from 2016 onwards.

Published 28 August 2015
Last updated 30 March 2016 + show all updates
  1. Annex A of the summary of responses has been updated to include the names of two organisations that were inadvertently omitted.
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