Tagged with defra

Stop the Badger Cull

Stop the flawed and failing Badger Cull Prof Rosie Woodroffe blows holes in the government rebuttal of Simon King OBE e-petion  Petition: End the badger cull instead of expanding to new areas The government responded to this petition when it received 10,000 signatures. Unfortunately, the government’s response was so inaccurate and ...read more →

Nature pushed to the edge

Nature has been pushed to the edge in the most recent change to Common Agricultural Programme rules.  Minister George Eustice MP believes that subsidised fields of peas and beans will be good for nature.  That’s what he said on BBC Radio 4 World at One today June 10th.  The Wildlife Trusts ...read more →

Vanishing Grasslands

New evidence of vanishing grasslands One of my first experiences with what was then called the Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation (now the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust) was to witness the destruction of 60 acres of the finest Cotswold grassland by an owner who believed that ‘Cereal Quotas’ were imminent and ...read more →

Gloucestershire badger cull fiasco writ large

The news that the Gloucestershire badger cull had missed its target was no surprise to those of us who did not believe that a farmer led free shooting programme could be a success.  Indeed, Lord Krebbs memorably referred to it as ‘this crazy scheme‘.  However the figures made public today ...read more →

Badger Vaccines five things your MP should know

Badger Vaccines five things your MP should know Badger vaccine is available and is use in England led by voluntary organisations that accept the scientific research of Chambers and Carter showing a protective effect on vaccinated uninfected badgers against bovine TB. Injectable BadgerBCG has been in use by conservation bodies ...read more →