A total of 40 areas of England have been designated by badger control areas by Natural England including three areas in Staffordshire.
The license period for the cull is from 10th September 2019 til January 2023
The exact areas of the licenses in Staffordshire have not been given
Staffordshire Wildlife trust have expressed deep concern following the announcement and say Government data showed that 3,979 badgers were killed in the county in 2018.
Jeff Sim, Senior Conservation Manager from Staffordshire Wildlife Trust said, ‘bTB is a terrible disease for cattle, but the evidence shows that killing badgers isn’t the answer. We’re calling for the cull to be halted, and the government to focus on vaccinating badgers and developing a cattle vaccine’