An application to cull badgers in Dorset has been submitted to Natural England.
A number of farmers hope to obtain a licence to kill the animals, which are thought to infect cattle with Bovine TB.
Similar culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire proved controversial, and failed to meet their targets.
Earlier this week, volunteers in the county were given a grant by a wildlife charity to continue their programme of vaccinating badgers against the disease.
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.
Here's 1 and a half minutes of sheer cuteness.
Government plans for a badger cull in West Somerset suffered a blow today after MPs voted against the scheme.
The motion was passed by 147 votes to 28 but the government is not legally bound by it. The debate was triggered by an e-petition which gathered more than 150,000 signatures.
The cull has already been delayed until next summer after it was discovered there were more of the animals than expected.
Our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine followed the debate in the House of Commons:
MPs have voted by a big majority AGAINST pressing ahead with the controversial badger culls in West Somerset and Gloucestershire.
147 of them voted against the culls and only 28 in favour.
The result is not, however, binding on the Government.
MPs in the House of Commons are debating the culling of badgers to prevent the spread of TB. On Tuesday plans for a cull in West Somerset were postponed until next summer following widespread protests. Many farmers are in favour of a cull because they say badgers spread TB to their cattle.
A debate about badger culling will be held in the House of Commons today, following widespread protests.
Plans for a trial badger cull in West Somerset have now been postponed to next summer. Many farmers are in favour of a cull because they say badgers spread TB to their cattle.
Protesters hoping to stop the badger cull have been lobbying MPs ahead of tomorrow's debate in the House of Commons.
Earlier this week, the Government announced that the two pilot culls, one of which is in West Somerset, are being delayed until next summer. The demonstrators hope they will be called off altogether following the debate.