- The first licence to kill badgers was issued for a pilot cull in Gloucestershire.
- Farmers will be licensed to shoot up to 70% of the badgers in a 300 square kilometre area in Gloucestershire.
- A second licence for a pilot cull in Somerset is still being considered.
- A long-term study found that culling over a number of years on a large scale could reduce the incidence of TB in cattle herds by 16%.
The Government says the latest results of a badger culling trial show it is effective with preventing the spread of TB to cattle.
Animal rights activists against the proposed badger cull are holding a protest in Nottingham.