13 Feb 2012 16:49
Woodland Trust position on badger culling
The Government's decision to go ahead with a badger cull in two pilot 'hot-spot' areas in the south-west of England is not in line with the Woodland Trust's current policy position on badgers and bovine TB, set out here.
Austin Brady, Woodland Trust Head of Conservation, said: "The Woodland Trust does not believe badger culling is an effective method to deal with the problem of bovine TB. Our position is based on the best scientific evidence, commissioned by the Government and based on studies carried out over a number of years.
"We will not participate in any culling programmes or allow others access to Woodland Trust land for the purposes of culling, but we are investigating whether a programme of badger vaccination would be either beneficial or feasible on our land where it falls within the pilot areas."
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The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading charity championing native woods and trees. It has over 400,000 supporters. The Trust has three key aims: i) to plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife ii) to protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable iii) restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life. Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 woods in its care covering approximately 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres). Access to its woods is free.<br /><br />The Woodland Trust is a charity registered in England (No 294344). A non-profit making company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No 1982873. Registered Office: Kempton Way, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LL. The Woodland Trust logo is a registered trademark.