The singer Brian May, one of the leading opponents of the badger cull, is due to meet protesters in Gloucestershire later.
The trial cull, aimed at controlling the spread of TB in cattle, is underway in Somerset and is widely believed to have started in West Gloucestershire. Mr May will also meet people living near the cull zone to discuss their views on the operation.
On the day that the badger cull is expected to get under way, the Environment Minister David Heath has justified the reasons for the controversial action.
Speaking on ITV's Daybreak programme, Mr Heath, the MP for Somerton & Frome said he understands the protestors' concerns, but insists he wants to see both healthy badgers and healthy cattle in the future.
Farming minister David Heath has been visiting Gloucestershire to see badgers being vaccinated against TB. It is part of a five-year project by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratory to test the vaccines. So far more than 2500 badgers have received he jab.
The weather may be getting warmer, but it seems the rise in temperatures has come too late for some of our wildlife. Animal rescue experts say the extended cold spell has had a devastating impact on many creatures which have perished in the cold.