A road in Wiltshire has been closed because of damage by badgers. Their sett near Corsley is now so big that the tarmac has collapsed. But by law, the council has to wait until any badger cubs have matured before the road can be mended.
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.
The farming minister David Heath has been in Gloucestershire today to see badgers being vaccinated against TB. It's part of a 5 year project to test the effectiveness of the vaccines.
But he insisted that at this stage it cannot be a replacement for culling the animals.
Ken Goodwin reports:
Farming Minister David Heath tells our reporter Ken Goodwin that the vaccines are just part of the plan to tackle bovine TB.
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.
But Mr Heath said that while the vaccination programme is encouraging, it will not replace the cull, which is due to go ahead soon in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset.
Aspen is one of seven orphaned badger cubs being cared for at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre at Highbridge in Somerset.
He is about eight weeks old and was brought in yesterday after being spotted lying beside his dead mother and siblings on a road in Devon.
Another cub was brought in last night - she was found on her own in the road in Cheddar. You can watch the young badgers playing on the charity's webcam.
They generate an awful lot of washing and the Centre is struggling to keep up. You can find out more about its work here.
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.
Three orphaned badger cubs are being cared for at the Secret World rescue centre near Highbridge in Somerset. They were found separately in Cornwall, Wiltshire and Somerset.
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