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Bovine TB: authorisation for badger control in 2020

Natural England has licensed and authorised 11 new badger control areas to begin operations in 2020. It has also authorised the licence holders to resume operations in 33 existing badger control areas in 2020. Licence holders met all the criteria specified in Defra’s guidance to Natural England, dated August 2020.

Natural England has reissued the Annex A for 3 licences due to a change to their control areas as licensed in 2019. These areas were 34-Cheshire, 37-Devon and 40-Herefordshire.

It has also reissued the Annex B for all existing licences from area 11 to area 43 (inclusive). This follows a review of the conditions relating to licensed actions on or around protected sites.

Table 1: Badger control areas authorised in 2020

Area number and countyMinimum numberMaximum numberAuthorisation dateYear of operations
Area 11 – Cheshire22851428 August 2020Year 4
Area 12 – DevonNone41628 August 2020Year 4
Area 13 – Devon8661728 August 2020Year 4
Area 14 – DevonNone32828 August 2020Year 4
Area 15 – Devon30654228 August 2020Year 4
Area 16 – Dorset691232128 August 2020Year 4
Area 17 – Somerset35699328 August 2020Year 4
Area 18 – Somerset10836028 August 2020Year 4
Area 19 – Wiltshire50106728 August 2020Year 4
Area 20 – Wiltshire21765728 August 2020Year 4
Area 21 – Wiltshire625126628 August 2020Year 4
Area 22 – Cornwall216171628 August 2020Year 3
Area 23 – Devon1505282428 August 2020Year 3
Area 24 – DevonNone29428 August 2020Year 3
Area 25 – Devon40289728 August 2020Year 3
Area 26 – Devon590110428 August 2020Year 3
Area 27 – Devon912728 August 2020Year 3
Area 28 – Devon3429928 August 2020Year 3
Area 29 – Gloucestershire18589028 August 2020Year 3
Area 30 – Somerset1063266028 August 2020Year 3
Area 31 – Staffordshire1397351628 August 2020Year 3
Area 32 – CumbriaN/AN/A28 August 2020Year 3
Area 33 – Avon22665028 August 2020Year 2
Area 34 – Cheshire1127193928 August 2020Year 2
Area 35 – Cornwall1665312828 August 2020Year 2
Area 36 – Staffordshire724127228 August 2020Year 2
Area 37 – DevonNone36628 August 2020Year 2
Area 38 – Devon1570269628 August 2020Year 2
Area 39 – Dorset17547228 August 2020Year 2
Area 40 – Herefordshire719162928 August 2020Year 2
Area 41 – Staffordshire14972728 August 2020Year 2
Area 42 – Wiltshire2310414128 August 2020Year 2
Area 43 – Wiltshire1058184628 August 2020Year 2
Area 44 – Avon1514205328 August 2020Year 1
Area 45 – Derbyshire2054278528 August 2020Year 1
Area 46 – Gloucestershire59981228 August 2020Year 1
Area 47 – Herefordshire1505204028 August 2020Year 1
Area 48 – Leicestershire105914353 September 2020Year 1
Area 49 – Oxfordshire164022232 September 2020Year 1
Area 50 – Shropshire4187567628 August 2020Year 1
Area 51 – Somerset1636221828 August 2020Year 1
Area 52 – Warwickshire164022233 September 2020Year 1
Area 53 – Wiltshire67791828 August 2020Year 1
Area 54 – LincolnshireN/AN/A4 September 2020Year 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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