Environment & Conservation > Conservation > UK badgers and Bovine TB (57) More files... Controversy re the UK Badger Cull
Badgers have been in the news due to the cull which began in August 2013 in two test areas in the west of England, in spite of inconclusive scientific evidence and vigorous campaigning by conservation and animal rights groups. This UK badger gallery includes Neil Aldridge's documentary series showing how the Wildlife Trusts are working to vaccinate badgers in affected areas.

An independent expert panel reviewed the trial badger cull and concluded that the first year of the pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire failed to meet Defra’s own criteria for effectiveness or humaneness.

Despite this, the UK badger cull has recently been extended to Dorset, in spite of a lack of firm evidence of its effectiveness in reducing the incidence of bovine tuberculosis, and the exorbitant cost of carrying it out.
European badger (Meles meles) and message 'Please don't shoot us' protesting against badger culling painted on log. Wiltshire, UK, September 2015.  Taken by a remote camera trap. - Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / European badger (Meles meles) and message 'Please don't shoot us' protesting against badger culling painted on log. Wiltshire, UK, September 2015. Taken by a remote camera trap.
Adult Badger (Meles meles) at entrance to sett, with some young Domestic cattle in the background, Derbyshire, England, UK, May 2012 (non-ex). - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Adult Badger (Meles meles) at entrance to sett, with some young Domestic cattle in the background, Derbyshire, England, UK, May 2012 (non-ex).
European Badger (Meles meles) with cows in the background, Sussex, UK, April 2009 - Mark  Bowler
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Mark Bowler / European Badger (Meles meles) with cows in the background, Sussex, UK, April 2009
European badger (Meles meles) and message 'Shooting us is not the answer' painted on tree log, protesting against badger culling, Wiltshire, UK, September 2015.  Taken by a remote camera trap. - Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / European badger (Meles meles) and message 'Shooting us is not the answer' painted on tree log, protesting against badger culling, Wiltshire, UK, September 2015. Taken by a remote camera trap.
Badger (Meles meles) sub-adult badger among some ragwort, Derbyshire, England, UK, July. Highly commended in the Habitat category of the BWPA competition 2014. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Badger (Meles meles) sub-adult badger among some ragwort, Derbyshire, England, UK, July. Highly commended in the Habitat category of the BWPA competition 2014.
European Badger (Meles meles) looking over hillock at the photographer. Wales, July. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European Badger (Meles meles) looking over hillock at the photographer. Wales, July.
Badger (Meles meles) at entrance to sett, Derbyshire, England, UK, June. Highly commended in the Habitat category of the BWPA competition 2014. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Badger (Meles meles) at entrance to sett, Derbyshire, England, UK, June. Highly commended in the Habitat category of the BWPA competition 2014.
Rock star and activist Brian May leads marchers at anti badger cull march, London 1st June 2013. - Terry Whittaker
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Terry Whittaker / Rock star and activist Brian May leads marchers at anti badger cull march, London 1st June 2013.
Women holding signs reading 'Stop the cull' at anti badger cull march, London, 1st June 2013. Editorial use only. - Terry Whittaker
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Terry Whittaker / Women holding signs reading 'Stop the cull' at anti badger cull march, London, 1st June 2013. Editorial use only.
Dancers from the Artful Badger group, dancing in badger costumes, anti badger cull march, London 1st June 2013. - Terry Whittaker
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Terry Whittaker / Dancers from the Artful Badger group, dancing in badger costumes, anti badger cull march, London 1st June 2013.
Group of demonstrators at anti badger cull march, London, 1st June 2013 - Terry Whittaker
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Terry Whittaker / Group of demonstrators at anti badger cull march, London, 1st June 2013
Man in badger costume with his hands in the air, at anti badger cull march, London, 1st June 2013 - Terry Whittaker
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Terry Whittaker / Man in badger costume with his hands in the air, at anti badger cull march, London, 1st June 2013
Badger (Meles meles) sub-adult, head portrait, Derbyshire, UK - Andrew Parkinson / 2020VISION
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Andrew Parkinson / 2020VISION / Badger (Meles meles) sub-adult, head portrait, Derbyshire, UK
Badger cubs (Meles meles) grooming at sett entrance, Mid Devon, England, June - Kevin J Keatley
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Kevin J Keatley / Badger cubs (Meles meles) grooming at sett entrance, Mid Devon, England, June
Badger (Meles meles) drinking at stream, with reflections, Mid Devon, England, August - Kevin J Keatley
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Kevin J Keatley / Badger (Meles meles) drinking at stream, with reflections, Mid Devon, England, August
Badger foraging on fallen log {Meles meles} Derbyshire, UK - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Badger foraging on fallen log {Meles meles} Derbyshire, UK
Badger (Meles meles) sub-adult backlit in evening light, Derbyshire, UK - Andrew Parkinson / 2020VISION
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Andrew Parkinson / 2020VISION / Badger (Meles meles) sub-adult backlit in evening light, Derbyshire, UK
Licenced Wildlife Trust vaccinator preparing badger bovine TB vaccine in the field. Vaccine is 'live' and mixed in two parts just before administration. Cheshire, England, UK, May 2013. - Tom  Marshall
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Tom Marshall / Licenced Wildlife Trust vaccinator preparing badger bovine TB vaccine in the field. Vaccine is 'live' and mixed in two parts just before administration. Cheshire, England, UK, May 2013.
Badger (Meles meles) bovine tuberculosis vaccination deployment. Staff from Cheshire Wildlife Trust, UK, prepare live traps for vaccination. In autumn 2012, wet weather meant many traps had to be take... - Tom Marshall
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Tom Marshall / Badger (Meles meles) bovine tuberculosis vaccination deployment. Staff from Cheshire Wildlife Trust, UK, prepare live traps for vaccination. In autumn 2012, wet weather meant many traps had to be take...
Licenced Wildlife Trust vaccinator injecting Badger (Meles meles) in south Cheshire with bovine TB vaccine, assistant restrains badger with 'wicket' in live capture cage. Cheshire, England, UK, May 20... - Tom  Marshall
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Tom Marshall / Licenced Wildlife Trust vaccinator injecting Badger (Meles meles) in south Cheshire with bovine TB vaccine, assistant restrains badger with 'wicket' in live capture cage. Cheshire, England, UK, May 20...
European Badger (Meles meles) trapped in a cage trap is vaccinated by Defra field worker against bovine tuberculosis (bTB) during vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, UK June 2011. - Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / European Badger (Meles meles) trapped in a cage trap is vaccinated by Defra field worker against bovine tuberculosis (bTB) during vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, UK June 2011.
A European Badger (Meles meles) caught in a cage trap awaiting vaccination as part of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials on farmland in Gloucestershire, UK. June 2011. - Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A European Badger (Meles meles) caught in a cage trap awaiting vaccination as part of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials on farmland in Gloucestershire, UK. June 2011.
A Defra Field Worker records the removal of vaccine for use on European Badgers (Meles meles) as part of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, UK June 2011. - Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A Defra Field Worker records the removal of vaccine for use on European Badgers (Meles meles) as part of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, UK June 2011.
Licenced Wildlife Trust vaccinator preparing badger bovine TB vaccine in the field wearing PPE. Cheshire, England, UK, May 2013. - Tom Marshall
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Tom Marshall / Licenced Wildlife Trust vaccinator preparing badger bovine TB vaccine in the field wearing PPE. Cheshire, England, UK, May 2013.
Badger (Meles meles) bovine tuberculosis vaccination kit including two-part vaccine components, syringes and hard-case for use in the field. Cheshire / Shropshire border, UK, September 2012. - Tom Marshall
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Tom Marshall / Badger (Meles meles) bovine tuberculosis vaccination kit including two-part vaccine components, syringes and hard-case for use in the field. Cheshire / Shropshire border, UK, September 2012.
Badger (Meles meles) bovine tuberculosis vaccine being taken into syringe for field vaccination. The vaccine is prepared in two parts prior to administration. Cheshire / Shropshire border, UK, Septemb... - Tom Marshall
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Tom Marshall / Badger (Meles meles) bovine tuberculosis vaccine being taken into syringe for field vaccination. The vaccine is prepared in two parts prior to administration. Cheshire / Shropshire border, UK, Septemb...
Defra Field Workers prepare vaccine for use on European Badgers (Meles meles) as part of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, UK June 2011. - Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Defra Field Workers prepare vaccine for use on European Badgers (Meles meles) as part of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, UK June 2011.
Wildlife Trust staff recording information during badger (Meles meles) bovine TB vaccination scheme in South Cheshire. May, 2013. - Tom  Marshall
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Tom Marshall / Wildlife Trust staff recording information during badger (Meles meles) bovine TB vaccination scheme in South Cheshire. May, 2013.
Badger (Meles meles) bovine TB vaccination in south Cheshire. Hair clip being taken prior to staff marking with stock spray to identify treated badger. Hair is removed to make spray easier to apply as... - Tom  Marshall
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Tom Marshall / Badger (Meles meles) bovine TB vaccination in south Cheshire. Hair clip being taken prior to staff marking with stock spray to identify treated badger. Hair is removed to make spray easier to apply as...
Badger (Meles meles) just before release after being given bovine TB vaccine by Wildlife Trust in south Cheshire. May, 2013. - Tom  Marshall
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Tom Marshall / Badger (Meles meles) just before release after being given bovine TB vaccine by Wildlife Trust in south Cheshire. May, 2013.
European Badger (Meles meles) trapped in a cage trap is vaccinated by Defra field worker against bovine tuberculosis (bTB) during vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, UK June 2011. - Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / European Badger (Meles meles) trapped in a cage trap is vaccinated by Defra field worker against bovine tuberculosis (bTB) during vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, UK June 2011.
Badger (Meles meles) bovine tuberculosis vaccination deployment. After vaccine administration and a red stock-mark (upper back, just visible) the badger is released. If captured again on the second da... - Tom Marshall
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Tom Marshall / Badger (Meles meles) bovine tuberculosis vaccination deployment. After vaccine administration and a red stock-mark (upper back, just visible) the badger is released. If captured again on the second da...
European Badger (Meles meles) is released from a cage trap following its successful vaccination against bovine tuberculosis (bTB) during vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, UK June 2011 - Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / European Badger (Meles meles) is released from a cage trap following its successful vaccination against bovine tuberculosis (bTB) during vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, UK June 2011
Badger (Meles meles) released after being given bovine TB vaccine by Wildlife Trust in south Cheshire. Rock is used to bury peanuts used for attracting badger to live traps. May, 2013. - Tom  Marshall
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Tom Marshall / Badger (Meles meles) released after being given bovine TB vaccine by Wildlife Trust in south Cheshire. Rock is used to bury peanuts used for attracting badger to live traps. May, 2013.
Badger (Meles meles) being vaccinated with Bovine tuberculosis vaccine by Cheshire Wildlife Trust & Shropshire Wildlife Trust staff. Badgers are first 'live-trapped' overnight then vaccinated, marked... - Tom Marshall
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Tom Marshall / Badger (Meles meles) being vaccinated with Bovine tuberculosis vaccine by Cheshire Wildlife Trust & Shropshire Wildlife Trust staff. Badgers are first 'live-trapped' overnight then vaccinated, marked...
Badger (Meles meles) bovine tuberculosis vaccination team from Cheshire Wildlife Trust and Shropshire Wildlife Trust, UK. Overnight traps are checked and captured badgers must be processed and vaccina... - Tom Marshall
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Tom Marshall / Badger (Meles meles) bovine tuberculosis vaccination team from Cheshire Wildlife Trust and Shropshire Wildlife Trust, UK. Overnight traps are checked and captured badgers must be processed and vaccina...
As part of biosecurity measures, Defra Field Workers sterilise their boots during European Badger (Meles meles) bovine tuberculosis vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, UK June 2011. - Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / As part of biosecurity measures, Defra Field Workers sterilise their boots during European Badger (Meles meles) bovine tuberculosis vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, UK June 2011.
Defra Field Workers prepare personal protection equipment and vaccine for use on European Badgers (Meles meles) as part of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials on farmland, with cows in the ba... - Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Defra Field Workers prepare personal protection equipment and vaccine for use on European Badgers (Meles meles) as part of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials on farmland, with cows in the ba...
European Badger (Meles meles) reverses out of a cage trap away from a Defra Field Worker following its successful vaccination against bovine tuberculosis (bTB) during vaccination trials in Gloucesters... - Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / European Badger (Meles meles) reverses out of a cage trap away from a Defra Field Worker following its successful vaccination against bovine tuberculosis (bTB) during vaccination trials in Gloucesters...
Badger (Meles meles) at night, Oxfordshire, England, UK, October. - Richard Steel / 2020VISION
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Richard Steel / 2020VISION / Badger (Meles meles) at night, Oxfordshire, England, UK, October.
Badger (Meles meles) adult investigating log under beech tree, Berwickshire, Scotland, UK, July - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Badger (Meles meles) adult investigating log under beech tree, Berwickshire, Scotland, UK, July
European badger (Meles meles) crossing a garden lawn soon after dark close to a house and flowering Forsyhia hedge, Wiltshire, UK, April.  Taken by a remote camera trap. - Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / European badger (Meles meles) crossing a garden lawn soon after dark close to a house and flowering Forsyhia hedge, Wiltshire, UK, April. Taken by a remote camera trap.
Badger (Meles meles) cub inside hollow log, Berwickshire, Scotland, UK, June - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Badger (Meles meles) cub inside hollow log, Berwickshire, Scotland, UK, June
European Badger (Meles meles) on the North Downs above Folkestone, Kent, UK, June. Camera trap photo. - Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / European Badger (Meles meles) on the North Downs above Folkestone, Kent, UK, June. Camera trap photo.
Badger (Meles meles) adult investigating log under beech tree, Berwickshire, Scotland, UK, July - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Badger (Meles meles) adult investigating log under beech tree, Berwickshire, Scotland, UK, July
Badger (Meles meles) preening itself at dusk. Dorset, UK November - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Badger (Meles meles) preening itself at dusk. Dorset, UK November
Badger (Meles meles) cubs at seven weeks, Captive. - Andrew Cooper
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Andrew Cooper / Badger (Meles meles) cubs at seven weeks, Captive.
Badger cubs playing in underground sett, England, Europe - Andrew Cooper
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Andrew Cooper / Badger cubs playing in underground sett, England, Europe
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