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.
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The whole region staying clear overnight with warm temperatures.
Temperatures remain high up to 12C inland.
Until now the ground has just been too waterlogged to let them out to graze.