The National Trust has announced that it will allow badgers to be culled on its land as long as the criteria for a successful cull are met. the national conservation body has undergne a change of heart that has been welcomed by the farming industry but it likely to be contraversial among its members.
The National Trust owns 200,000 hectares of farmland in England and Wales and much of it is in areas worst affected by bovine TB. With the proposed license criteria for a cull in England requiring access to at least 70% of land, the Trust's permission for its land to be used is seen as essential to getting a cull off the ground.
Last month Defra published its badger cull proposals, following which the Trust welcomed the 'principle of science being the badsis of bTB control.