WWT recognises that bovine TB is a serious and complex issue. However we oppose the cull and believe that it is unlikely to contribute positively or cost effectively to the control of TB in cattle in Britain. 

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust (WWT) recognises that bovine TB is a serious and complex issue which has a significant, economic, environmental and social impact for farmers and land managers, conservation organisations and the general public. 

We feel that badger culling is unlikely to contribute positively or cost effectively to the control of TB in cattle in Britain. We therefore do not support the culling of badgers. We believe that instead all efforts should be focussed on finding a deliverable and cost effective solution.

We believe that controlling transmission of the disease from and between badgers, and to and from cattle, must be part of a long term co-ordinated scientific strategy of effective testing, vaccination, cattle movement controls and stringent bio-security measures.  This needs to be delivered by a wide range of stakeholders including land owners, farmers, voluntary organisations and government agencies.

We recognise that government policy may determine that a licence to cull Badgers could be issued within Wiltshire. In the event of a future cull zone being implemented in an area which includes Trust owned land, the Trust will abide by the law but will not allow culling of Badgers on its own property. 

Read our statement in full

Read The Wildlife Trusts position on bovine TB

See the Wildlife Trusts Infographic explaining why the government’s bovine TB policy needs to change