The Dorset Badger Cull ended on Monday 12th October 2015 – but our work is not yet over!


We were advised by the police that they were standing down from cull duties on Monday 12 October and received confirmation from the Defra press office that the cull had finished in all three cull zones on Wednesday 14 October. Apparently the Dorset Cull start date was the Bank Holiday Monday 31 August, but we weren’t informed by the police until the Wednesday that the slaughter had begun. It is the Cull Company’s responsibility to inform the police of the start and end dates. Let’s just add ‘deception’ to the cull company’s ‘attributes’.

DAY AND EVENING BADGER PATROLS went out on Monday and Tuesday, the 12th and 13th, to check for any illegal post cull activity. These were the last cull related patrols for this season.

BIG BADGERY THANKS AND HUGS to everyone out there who has helped in whatever way they could to save badgers’ lives.


Our presence made a huge difference out there in the North Dorset Killing Fields.

To the patrollers day and night, we thank and salute you! You did a fantastic job, often under hostile conditions. Whilst the majority of patrols were peaceful and uneventful, some weren’t. Patrollers were driven at, blocked in, abused, harassed and subjected to intimidation from Paul Gould (the Cull Director) and his friends, who used fireworks and crow scarers to try and frighten them off. But did it work? No, of course not! Our patrollers are brave and determined, nothing stopped them on their mission to save badgers’ lives. There were lots of occasions when the shooters had to pack up and leave, simply because our patrols were present in the area. Often the patrollers were unaware that this had happened.

One ‘very pleasant’ employee of Gould’s cull company was issued with a ‘Section 59’ warning by the police for harassment – if he does it again within 12 months the police will seize his vehicle.

The Dorset Police Liaison officers followed up on all incidents reported to them by us and issued warnings to offenders. They also kept an eye on all vehicles entering the Tescos Car Park whilst we met up and checked up any suspect ones. No one was arrested from either side for any cull related offence.

A special thanks to the wonderful Sabs who do a brilliant job. There were several teams from all over the country who came down to Dorset to protect our badgers. HUGE RESPECT to you guys for your courage, dedication, expertise and determination to stop the slaughter. Their work significantly reduced the death toll of our stripey friends.

Heaps of thanks to our Central Control Operators and everyone who helped with Admin, phones, enquiries, maps, cooking, shopping and everything else that ensures a smooth, efficient and effective operation. They are a lovely dedicated bunch who worked long hours through the day and night supporting those out in the killing fields.

A big THANK YOU also to Animal Aid, Network for Animals, PETA and the HSI (Humane Society International) for their generous donations of equipment and funding for operating costs of the Badger Patrols. This was a huge help with our intelligence gathering and communications, enabling Dorset Badger Patrols to work effectively within the cull zone. The equipment will continue to benefit Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare’s work and Dorset’s badgers during the happier non-cull times.

And we thank everyone who generously donated to help support the work of the Sabs and Badger Patrols, donations were used to fund vital equipment, fuel and supplies.

We don’t know how many badgers were slaughtered, as far as we’re concerned one is too many! NE and Defra have not released any figures yet. We’ll keep you informed.

Below is a clip from FARMING TODAY RADIO 4 from Tuesday 13 October.
Trevor Cligg, Chair of Dorset NFU, states that ‘possibly’ targets have been reached and the ‘cull has gone well in Dorset’. Still convinced that badgers need to be slaughtered despite all the evidence to the contrary – but then why spoil an NFU/Tory policy by scientific facts?
(Starts at 10.00 minutes in)

Here is a a clip from FARMING TODAY on Wednesday 14 October.
Lord Krebs says that Meurig Raymond and the NFU are misleading farmers on the impact of badger culling.
(Listen from 7.37 minutes in) 

And an interesting article here too.
Born Free: Are farmers being deliberately misled about badger culls?

PRESS AND TV COVER of the Dorset Cull
We were interviewed and accompanied out on patrol by the Dorset Echo, ITV News and the BBC ‘Inside Out’ News Team. So far we have the following reports:

ITV News with our Dorset Badger Patrol on National Badger Day 6th October.

Dorset Echo Report, which was published 4 weeks after the reporter came out on patrol.

Our Dorset Badger Patrols were on BBC Inside Out, South East, BBC1 on 26th October. There are interviews in Tescos Car Park and a short bit on a patrol in North Dorset. Also features East Sussex Badger Vaccination Project and an interview with Lord Kerbs. (Watch from start on badger cull with Dorset approx 5 to 13 mins in).

DBBW will be focusing on our Badger Watch scheme from now on, checking setts for criminal activity, sett surveying, recording and mapping.

DBBW Badger watch

Dorset Badger Watch Scheme

Our sincere thanks again for protecting Dorset’s Badgers during the last challenging and deeply upsetting 6 weeks. We mourn for all our beautiful badgers so needlessly slaughtered.

If you’d like to help with our Dorset Badger Watch Scheme or join our mailing list for weekly news updates – please email

Only 7 Days Left to Protect Badgers in Dorset


dorset badgers need you

Firstly,  huge thanks to everyone who is doing their best to save badgers’ lives.

There are just 7 days left till the end of the 6 week cull period. We expect a big push from the cullers to achieve their minimum target of 615 badgers by 14 October. There are rumours that targets may have been reached in Somerset and Gloucestershire, if so there will be even more pressure on Dorset.

If you haven’t been able to help so far:  Now is the time to get out into the cull zone to protect Dorset’s badgers. There are nightly patrols leaving from Blandford and daytime patrol from Camp Badger. Maps of the routes will be provided and the patrols will be of varying lengths to suit differing requirements. For details of what you are advised to wear and bring please click here.

This is a very busy week for us ,we are getting a lot of media attention!

You may have seen the articles on our Facebook page.

In Saturday’s Dorset Echo there was an article about our National Badger Day patrols.


We are getting a steady stream of patrollers out each evening but no great hordes so far. The patrols have been well targeted and are being very effective at disrupting shoots, simply by their presence in the area. On occasions patrollers may have been unaware of the effect they have had and the lives they have saved.

Dorset Badger Vaccination Project

The Dorset Badger Vaccination Project was also mentioned in the Echo on Friday, as well as in the double page spread in the Daily Mirror on Saturday.

117 Dorset badgers have been vaccinated this season, many of them from land inside the cull zone.


Join Us on Patrol to Protect Dorset’s Badgers


badger dayIt’s National Badger day on Tuesday 6 October! Right now beautiful badgers are being shot in Dorset, Somerset and Gloucestershire under the guise of ‘preventing the spread of bovine TB in cattle’. We are making a difference by being out in the cull zones patrolling the footpaths and safeguarding the setts.

More patrollers = More badgers’ saved.

If you agree that this senseless slaughter of our precious badgers is a cruel, callous and costly distraction: Unite with us and join our peaceful protest walking the public footpaths and rights of way of the North Dorset Cull zone. You’ll be looking for wounded badgers and any other injured wildlife.

There will be both day time and evening patrols on Tue 6th October (when we’ll be joined by Peter Martin, Chair of the Badger Trust):

  • 1.30pm at Sturminster Newton Station Road Car Park
  • 7.30pm at Tescos Car Park in Blandford DT11 9PU (Turn off the Badger Roundabout on the A354) – this is the meet-up point and location for patrols every evening during the cull, so even if you can’t make it on the 6th please come along another evening.

The patrol routes will vary in length and each patrol will have a leader with a map of the route and all the tel. contacts needed.

We recommend you bring:-

Suitable clothing for all terrain, including strong waterproof boots/shoes
A hi viz vest/jacket for evening patrol
A torch with spare batteries for evening patrol
Mobile Phone
Water and snacks

If you have them please also bring:-

A camera/camcorder
OS Maps 118,129
A GPS device

N.B. Police Presence at our Patrol Meeting Places
The police will be there to ensure that patrollers are not harassed or intimidated by any pro cull supporters. We do not advise the police of the patrol routes, but they will keep a watchful eye on any patrols that have requested their help. They will also respond to any reports of intimidation, abuse or anti social use of vehicles against our Badger Protectors.

Speaking about the importance of National Badger Day the CEO of the Badger Trust Dominic Dyer said:

As we celebrate National Badger Day badgers are being killed in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset in a desperate attempt to reduce the spread of bovine TB despite all the evidence showing us this policy is a disastrous failure on scientific, animal welfare and cost grounds. Badgers are one of our most important native species that have survived in our landscapes despite the constant threat of persecution, destruction of their habitats and death on our roads. It is time we recognised their value and importance to our eco system and celebrated their strength, beauty and resilience in the face of the many threats they encounter every day.

BREAKING NEWS: Dorset Wounded Badger Patrols Start (September 2015)


BADGER (Meles meles)

Photo credit: Colin Varndell

The Dorset Badger Patrols have started now that the Dorset badger cull is fully underway, and our badgers need you!

Are you appalled and saddened by this cruel and pointless cull?

Would you like to help to protect Dorset’s badgers by walking peacefully through the cull zone on public footpaths and rights of way?

If you’d like to find out more about Badger Patrols please have a look at this short film made by Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting which shows how people from all walks of life are rallying together to protect our wildlife:



The Dorset Badger Patrols are meeting every evening at 7.30pm at Tescos Car Park in Blandford  DT11 9PU
(Turn off the Badger Roundabout on the A354)

The patrol routes will vary in length and each patrol will have a leader with a map of the route and all the tel. contacts needed.

You will need to bring:-

  • Suitable clothing for all terrain, including strong waterproof boots/shoes
  • A hi viz vest/jacket
  • A torch with spare batteries
  • Whistle
  • Mobile Phone
  • Water and snacks

If you have them please also bring:-

  • A camera/camcorder
  • OS Maps 117,118,129
  • A GPS device

UPDATE: Police Presence at our Patrol Meeting Place at Tescos Car Park, Blandford
Several folk have asked why we have the police present at our meeting place. The police are there to ensure that patrollers are not harassed or intimidated by any pro cull supporters. We do not advise the police of the patrol routes each evening, but they will keep a watchful eye on any patrols that have requested their help. They will also respond to any reports of intimidation, abuse or anti social use of vehicles against our Badger Protectors.

We hope to see you there and we are all there to protect our badgers and support each other to keep safe too.

Oliver Letwin MP voices support for ‘crime against wildlife’ as the badger cull starts in Dorset


The badger cull HAS NOW STARTED HERE IN DORSET this September 2015.

Here is an open letter from Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare’s Karin Snellock to West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin, which is being widely circulated:

Dear Mr Letwin

I have just returned from my first night of walking the Dorset lanes and footpaths in preparation for the imminent badger cull.

I, along with very many other ordinary Dorset residents, are so appalled and saddened by this prospect that we feel compelled to raise our heads above the parapet and stand up for our beleaguered wildlife. We would much rather be going about our usual business, but we need to focus everyone’s attention on what is happening here.

As one of our Dorset MPs, you should be representing the interests of the majority of your constituents, who polls show to be against this cull. Instead, you are backing a government which seems hell-bent on ignoring evidence from just about everyone – scientific advisors, the BVA, wildlife experts – and pushing ahead with this disastrous policy.

The fact that the incidence of bovine TB in Dorset  is already falling dramatically – by 35per cent over the last two years – has been conveniently ignored.

In yesterday’s Guardian, three senior scientists, who between them produced two decades of government research into controlling badgers to reduce bovine TB, called for an immediate halt to the cull.

Professor Lord Krebs, Professor John Bourne and Professor Ranald Munro all stress “the central importance of cattle-to-cattle transmission in the spread of bovine TB”. Professor Bourne  has accused Defra of “either ignoring, cherry picking or purposefully misrepresenting the science” on badger culling.

The pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset have already proved to be cruel, divisive and most importantly ineffective. Killing an animal for no good reason makes it a crime against wildlife, and I feel your government’s actions in ignoring all advice to the contrary and ploughing ahead with this places you all firmly into this category.

When this policy fails to bring about the desired results, as it surely will, I hope you will be held accountable for your actions, not just against badgers but also for offering farmers a placebo instead of real, effective, help.

Until a vaccine for cattle (always seemingly a mystical 10 years away) is approved, there is no way bovine TB can be eradicated. In the meantime, increased bio-security, tighter controls on the  movement of cattle and stricter cattle testing measures have been shown to be very effective. Figures for Wales clearly demonstrate that these can make a real difference.

Culling badgers will not, a fact that will become only too apparent once you and your like minded colleagues in the Conservative Party have done your best to remove one of our best loved and most iconic animals from the British countryside.

Yours sincerely,
Karin Snellock

Click here to view the article published in the Dorset Echo >>

BREAKING NEWS: Badger Cull Confirmed for Dorset



Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare are very disappointed to report that Natural England have today granted badger cull licences to Somerset, Gloucestershire and also Dorset this year.

You can read more at: and on the BBC news website at:

Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) have said that they too are “shocked and deeply saddened to learn the news that there will be a badger cull in Dorset this year, in a misguided attempt to control the spread of the devastating disease bovine tuberculosis (bTB).” Read their full response at:

The badger target for the slaughter in Dorset is a minimum of 615 / 835 maximum (15 badgers to be killed per day).

Culling badgers is not the answer. Not only has it been deemed completely inhumane, potentially it could make the problem worse as any badgers who do have TB may panic and flea cull zones, entering new otherwise TB free areas.

As Jay Tiernan and Lesley Docksey stated in their article earlier this week exposing the false claims of the Dorset NFU who applied for the licences (read the full article at:, the badger cull shows:

“Total disregard for the scientific data and official statistics: at best, wild unsubstantiated claims; at worst, downright distortion; and all because blaming wildlife is easier than letting better farming practices, testing and cattle controls sort out the problem.”

Our interview with Radio 4 Farming Today was broadcast this morning (before this announcement was made) and is at 8.20 mins – listen here:

The area has not yet been confirmed, but it could start any day.

We desperately need help this weekend with sett surveys and mapping and planning routes etc. This plea has gone out on our facebook pages, please help if you can:

Help Needed with essential preparation work in Dorset
Meet up Saturday 29 August 2015, 10.30am
At Woolland Hill Car Park, Bulbarrow (OS ref. ST783/059).
It’s on the road between Stoke Wake and Ibberton.
Wear suitable clothing (long sleeves and trousers) and boots for countryside walking. Bring water and food, pen and note pad. Also please bring (if you have) OS Maps 117,118,129, GPS, phone, camera.

Why a Badger Cull in Dorset?



The government’s own statistics prove that cattle measures are working in Dorset.

From 2012 – 2014 the number of Dorset cattle slaughtered due to bTB fell by 37.25%.

The NFU are claiming that bTB in Dorset has risen more than anywhere else in the country. Where do they get this from? Is it their ‘anecdotal evidence’ again? It’s certainly not backed by Government stats.

Please, if you care about our badgers, write to your MP and contact Natural England TODAY. Ask them why they want to roll out a cull which has proved to be cruel, costly, unpopular and just doesn’t work!

Write to:
Bovine TB Licensing Unit,
Natural England, BM 6283,
London, WC1N 3XX
Tel: 0300 060 0550 – lines are open during office hours

Find your Dorset Member of Parliament at: