Farmers will be able to form syndicates to cull badgers over large areas. Some 70 per cent will be culled by trained marksmen with powerful rifles
The Government has announced controversial plans to introduce a major badger cull in England to tackle TB in cattle.
Badgers will be shot in a bid to limit the spread of TB in cattle, the Government is expected to announce today.
Culling badgers to counter tuberculosis in cattle would be a mistake, the leading government adviser on the problem said yesterday, in advance of an expected announcement that a cull is to go ahead.
In a bid to reflect the true worth of nature, 700 scientists looked at the benefits of natural ecosystems
One of the driest springs on record has sparked fears for agriculture and wildlife, while crews 'work to the point of exhaustion' to battle forest fires
After plans to sell off England's forests were dramatically shelved, The Independent launched a prize for the best writing on their future. Here, Michael McCarthy introduces the winning article
More than £100 million is being provided to help improve England's rivers for wildlife such as otters and trout, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said today.
Caroline Spelman issued an extraordinary apology yesterday as she scrapped plans to sell off England's forests, telling MPs: "I'm sorry, we got this one wrong." The Environment Secretary's act of public contrition helped to calm the political storm the Government provoked with its controversial scheme to offload 637,000 acres of woodlands from public ownership. Tory MPs, who had joined a national protest campaign that united countryside groups and all shades of political opinion, rallied around the embattled minister as she confirmed the policy U-turn.
The highly contentious plans for a £250m sale of England's forests will be abandoned because of the furious backlash that has hit the Government.
Peter Marren meets the people whose livelihoods may face the axe
Ministers hope to cut use, but Tory MP admits that the vulnerable may see 'significant rises' in bills
Globalisation has put pressure on all types of business to outsource production, move jobs abroad and, in doing so, cut costs. As a result British producers have been in decline for a number of decades. In recent years, however, increased awareness of climate change, a growing world population, political instability and the financial crisis – not to mention the ethical issues often associated with working conditions abroad – have forced consumers to think more carefully about where their produce comes from.
Government expects legal challenges from wildlife activists as it consults on how to tackle TB in cattle
Hoarded appliances to be recycled for good causes
The toy industry faces a crackdown on excessive packaging under plans to reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfills, the new Environment Secretary has warned.