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Boar's head nailed to a tree in Forest of Dean

The boar's head was nailed to a tree near Blakeney Hill Reservoir. Credit: Forest of Dean Wild Boar Cull Hunt Saboteurs

The sight of a boar's head nailed to a tree near Blakeney Hill Reservoir has sparked anger among wildlife protection groups - who say poaching in the Forest of Dean is an "epidemic".

The boar's head was put in the area of a popular family trail where people walk their dogs. It has been reported to the police and Forestry Commission.

Anti-boar-cull group Forest of Dean Wild Boar Cull Hunt Saboteurs have installed trail cameras in the area.

The group has installed trail cameras in the area. Credit: Forest of Dean Wild Boar Cull Hunt Saboteurs


Brian May: 'The cull doesn't work'

Queen guitarist Brian May at the mock funeral procession at Westminster. Credit: ITV News West Country

Campaigners against the badger cull say they're preparing a fresh legal challenge.

It came as rock star Brian May led a mock funeral procession at Westminster in memory of badgers already killed in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

The cull, which the government says is backed by leading vets, was recently extended to Dorset but Dr May said he was seeking a judicial review:

Queen guitarist Brian May to lead badger cull march

Queen guitarist Brian May ahead of a Wounded Badger Patrol in Gloucestershire in 2013. Credit: PA

Brian May will lead a march to oppose the planned Government badger cull later.

MPs will join the Queen guitarist at the event in London, which has been organised by Team Badger - a collective group of animal welfare charities.

Almost 2300 badgers were killed in the last cull, between 2013 to 2014.

Preparations underway for the 175th Dorset County Show

The 175-year-old event traditionally commemorates the end of harvest. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Preparations are underway this morning for the start of the Dorset County Show.

The event, which celebrates it's 175th anniversary this year, traditionally commemorates the end of harvest.

40,000 people are expected to head to the ground, near Dorchester, tomorrow and Sunday.

40,000 people are expected to head to the ground over the weekend. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Badger cull restarts across the South West

The government says Bovine TB costs taxpayers £100m each year Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

The government has announced that the Badger cull has officially restarted in Somerset and Gloucestershire - as well as in a new area in Dorset.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says Bovine TB costs taxpayers £100m each year and is a significant threat to the future of our beef and dairy industries.

But protesters argue that the culls are ineffective.


It costs nearly £6,800 to cull one badger

Credit: Wild Stock

The cost of culling badgers to tackle TB in cattle in Gloucestershire and Somerset is more than previously thought.

It costs £6,775 to kill one badger. This is nearly £600 more than predicted by the anti-cull Badger Trust, who made a Freedom of Information request that led to the real figures being released by the Environment Department (DEFRA).

The overall cost of the cull is almost £16.8 million.

A DEFRA spokesman says bovine TB has cost £500 million over the last decade.

The government has recently approved extending the cull to Dorset.

Badger cull to be extended to Dorset

The government has announced there is to be a badger cull in Dorset this year. Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Wire

The South West's controversial badger cull is to be extended to Dorset.

Several farmers had applied for a licence to kill the animals, which are thought to infect cattle with bovine TB.

The government says extending the cull is part of a long-term strategy to beat the disease - but protestors argue that existing culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire (which are to be repeated this year) are ineffective and fail to meet their targets.

“England has the highest incidence of TB in Europe and that is why we are taking strong action to deliver our 25-year strategy to eradicate the disease and protect the future of our dairy and beef industries.

“This includes strengthening cattle testing and movement controls, vaccinating badgers in the buffer zone around high-risk areas, and culling badgers where the disease is rife.

“Our approach of dealing with the disease in cattle and wildlife has worked overseas and is supported by leading vets.”

– Farming Minister George Eustice

A wildlife charity which is strongly against the cull has recently awarded a grant to a badger vaccination programme in Dorset.

Brian May taking part in an anti-badger-cull protest in Bristol. Credit: PA

Earlier this week an animal welfare charity - founded by Queen guitarist Brian May - threatened legal action if the badger cull goes ahead for a third year.

Dairy farmers feel "completely undermined" by supermarkets

Farmers from across the region will be heading to Somerset later to take part in a national protest about milk prices.

It's follows protests in supermarkets across the region this week.

They say they'll be targeting sites in Bridgwater and Yeovil in a demonstration against the price supermarkets pay them for every pint.

Dairy farmers like James Badman argue that the falling prices mean they have no other option but to take peaceful action.

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