Does the badger cull spell trouble for ground-nesting birds?

“I agree that unnecessary bureaucracy should not be imposed on companies carrying out culls, and understand their frustration in having to adapt to new information as legal processes continue.” These are the words of the environment secretary (and Conservative leadership candidate) Michael Gove in a letter to fellow Tory MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown following the revelation that Natural England is now requiring badger cull companies to supply data on how many foxes are being killed in their areas.

Clifton-Brown, who represents the Cotswolds – a large, rural constituency in the west of England where bTB in cattle is a serious problem – has raised the spectre of Natural England’s demands making culling impossible. “To stop it on a technicality would be a nonsense,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

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