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A Devon badger in the wild. Photo: Jon Bowen via Flickr.com.

BBC says sorry - we got it wrong on Irish badgers

The Ecologist

23rd March 2014

In a ground-breaking decision the BBC has admitted: it was wrong to state that badger culling in the Republic of Ireland had reduced incidences of TB in cattle. Will the decision stop the Government from making the same mistake? more...
Is the badger cull any more 'scientifically justified' than this?

Number 10's badger cull 'escape plan' - Paterson doomed?

Lesley Docksey

18th January 2014

Number 10 is seeking an 'escape plan' for a badger cull gone disastrously wrong under Owen Paterson's direction. Lesley Docksey reports on a likely end to the cull - and to Paterson's ministerial role. more...
Would you buy popcorn from Owen Paterson? And no, it's not GM. With Joe & Sephs Gourmet Popcorn. Photo: UKTI via Flickr.com.

Owen Paterson: Europe must embrace GM

Fiona Harvey in Oxford for The Guardian

7th January 2014

Europe is likely to become ''the museum of world farming'' because of the failure to embrace GMOs, UK environment secretary Owen Paterson said today. Fiona Harvey reports ...
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Dancing on Paterson's political grave: Badgers' Revenge. Via worldduh.com.

Failure upon failure - the collapse of the badger culls

Lesley Docksey

18th December 2013

England's 2013 badger culls collapsed in chaos - a severe blow to Owen Paterson and his Department, Defra. Now Lesley Docksey lifts the lid on the disgraceful fiasco to expose Paterson's fantasy world of 'science' ...
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European badger in its native habitat. Photo: Volodymyr Burdiak / Shutterstock.com.

The Badger cull - a letter to my MP

Lesley Docksey

9th December 2013

MPs will debate the badger cull this Wednesday 11 December from 2.30 to 4.30 pm. Lesley Docksey urges her MP to attend and explains why the cull is both barbaric, and a completely ineffective measure against bovine TB. more...
Badger protest in London. Photo: davidjmclare2 / Flikr.

Badger fiasco shows England needs new wildlife governance

Dominic Dyer

3rd December 2013

It's high time for an independent Wildlife Protection Agency, argues Dominic Dyer. The botched badger cull shows we can no longer trust DEFRA, Natural England or the JNCC to carry out their duty to protect our wildlife. more...

Gloucestershire badger cull called off

The Ecologist

29th November 2013

Wildlife groups are celebrating following the announcement that the Gloucestershire badger cull is being abandoned early, after it failed to meet any of its targets. more...

Tuberculosis, tracking devices, and the social lives of badgers

Nicola Weber

4th November 2013

As the UK's badger cull sputters to its dismal conclusion, wildlife researcher Nicola Weber explains why the killing may lead to more, not fewer, tubercular infections of both badgers and cattle. more...

The Badger Cull: forget TB and humane killing; the enemy is Defra

October 24th, 2013

Lesley Docksey

Fresh events in the ongoing badger cull saga suggest that despite underhand politics and statistical manipulation, the tide is turning in favour of the badgers.............. more...

Badgers By Numbers

October 18th, 2013

Lesley Docksey

In her third and final analysis of the ongoing UK badger cull Lesley Docksey examines the official figures and finds their validity questionable...... more...

Badgers, Power & Protest

October 16th, 2013

By Lesley Docksey

In the second of a three part analysis of the ongoing UK badger cull Lesley Docksey takes a look at the activism that has been stirred up by the controversial cull...... more...

Badger culls kill scientific honesty

October 15th, 2013

By Lesley Docksey

In the first of a three part analysis of the ongoing UK badger cull Lesley Docksey examines current and historical data and concludes that the government are simply ignoring the science of epidemiology.......... more...

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'Badgers are moving the goalposts' says Owen Paterson of cull

Damien Carrington for the Guardian

9th October 2013

Cull branded 'farce' after marksmen seek extensions to kill the minimum number of badgers required more...

Badgers: the truth behind the cull

Dominic Dyer

12th August 2013

Of 5,500 badgers to be shot during the pilot culls, only 240 will be independently monitored for humaneness, it has emerged. And just 4 Natural England officials will oversee the killing in Gloucestershire and Somerset more...

Badger cull a PR disaster for UK countryside, warn 'dissident' farmers

18th June, 2013

Andrew Wasley and Sarah Stirk

A growing number of farmers are now questioning the nature of the cull and its effectiveness. And some are blaming poor biosecurity and intensive farming for the spread of TB in the UK cattle herd. Andrew Wasley and Sarah Stirk report more...
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The great badger and bovine TB cover-up: is it really a health risk?

Ed Hamer

30th January, 2011

With controversial plans to allow farmers to cull badgers later this year, Ed Hamer asks whether Bovine TB is really a health problem for either cows or humans more...
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UK government announces plan to cull badgers

Fiona Harvey, guardian environment correspondent

19th July, 2011

Environment secretary says farmers will be allowed to kill badgers if pilot schemes confirm shooting is humane and effective
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Six of the best…eco-friendly festival beauty essentials

Ruth Styles

15th June, 2011

From sunscreen to insect repellant, Ruth Styles rounds up the products that will see you through festival season more...
Badger

Farmers could be allowed to kill badgers from 2011

Ecologist

15th September, 2010

Government says vaccination on its own is not enough to stop the spread of bovine TB in cattle and announces plans to grant farmers culling licences more...
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Wild elders: a forager's feast

Fergus Drennan

1st May, 2008

From its flowers and berries to the fungi littering its branches, the elder is a one-tree feast, says Fergus Drennan more...

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