- West Country (E)
A decision on whether to extend the badger cull in Somerset is expected later this week.
Natural England is considering an application from the culling company involved.
This morning Defra has revised its badger population estimates:
Number of badgers in each area
- 1450 in Somerset (compared to initial estimate of 2400 in September 2012)
- 2350 in Gloucestershire (compared to initial estimate of 3400 in September 2012)
With these revised figures, Defra says the minimum number of badgers needed to be culled is:
- 1020 in Somerset
- 1650 in Gloucestershire
In the six weeks of the cull, 850 badgers have been removed in Somerset.
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Bath are top of the Premiership tonight after an outstanding bonus point win over title rivals Leicester at The Rec.
Swindon had an impressive win over Sheffield Utd, Bristol City extended their unbeaten start, while Yeovil picked up their first home win.
Gloucester were unable to build on two early tries as they lost at home to Exeter Chiefs on Friday night.