Fifteen cows infected with Bovine TB have been sent to slaughter from a farm in mid-Cornwall.
Policing controversial culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire cost £1,800 for each badger killed.
Dorset Wildlife Trust is vaccinating badgers, which it says is a more humane way of preventing TB, but the NFU says it won't work
Protesters have spent another night patrolling parts of West Somerset in an effort to stop the badger cull.
Sara Palmer from Somerset Badger Patrol said they will do whatever they can to disrupt the work of the marksmen:
A group of protesters campaigning against the badger cull has agreed to leave 'Camp Badger' at Watchet on Wednesday afternoon.
It is after the landowner asked them to leave.
Members of the Green Party in the West Country said they supported alternatives to culling such as controls on movements of cattle and vaccination.
– Molly Scott Cato, Leader of the Green Group on Stroud District Council.
In view of the likely local opposition to the badger cull in my local area I find it deeply regrettable that the National Farmers Union (NFU) decided to try to limit peaceful protest on this issue and welcome the judge's ruling on the injunction that the right to peaceful protect must be protected.
The attempt to suppress peaceful opposition is a sign of weakness and it shows that the NFU knows the public, like the Green Party, is against the cull.”
A protester has told ITV's Daybreak that the badger cull is "unscientific, unethical and illegal" after the six-week pilot scheme began last night.
A number of protesters have vowed to remain in "Camp Badger" in west Somerset for the duration of the cull.
Several animals were believed to have been killed in the area last night, leaving the protester "sickened" and "devastated".
Anti-cull campaigners have been out on patrol overnight in West Somerset, trying to disrupt the badger cull. The Somerset Badger Patrol had at least three groups out, coordinated on social media websites, walking along public footpaths beside farmland.
Marksmen have begun the cull of badgers in two trial zones to try to control the spread of TB in cattle.
Our presenter Ian Axton has been speaking to Andrew Butler from the National Farmers Union. He began by asking him why he thinks the cull will work....
So, is there a scientific justification for the cull? The government says there's evidence to show that the cull could reduce bovine TB. But opponents say this comes at a huge cost to the badger population, and may make things worse. Ken Goodwin reports.
So what's been the response by the local community to the start of the cull, the vigil and the protesters' camp? Bob Cruwys has been gauging reaction.
After years in the planning, a pilot badger cull has begun in West Somerset. Around 5,000 badgers are expected to be killed across the region over the next six weeks. Protesters have set up 'Camp Badger' near Watchet. Our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland has been following events...