Opportunity to comment on future badger control licence applications and/or expressions of interest

You should complete this survey if you wish to submit comments in relation to the 29 applications and/or expressions of interest that Natural England has received for badger control licences. These cover the counties of Cheshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. The applications and/or expressions of interest areas range from approximately 135km2 to 655km2 with the average area being around 330km.

Comments should be submitted according to the county which the comments relate to. If you have comments on more than one county you will need to complete the survey for each county or do a joint county response in a letter or email. 

Natural England will consider any material issues that are relevant to the application and/or expressions of interest and will share this information with the relevant applicant, based upon your postcode or specific point of interest. This is to allow the relevant applicant to address any material issues raised, before completing their detailed plans.

In specific circumstances the applicant may need to contact respondents to discuss the material issues raised through the opportunity to comment process.

Responses and comments on the actual policy or its criteria will not be considered. The government has already run a public consultation on the policy and its criteria.

Submitting other information

You can send Natural England separate documents, maps or photographs by post or email to support your comments. Please mark clearly who they are from. Send such documents to Natural England, BM 6283, London, WC1N 3XX or BTB@naturalengland.org.uk 

Help and assistance

If you experience any difficulties accessing the information or submitting your comments, please contact the Natural England bTB enquiry line: 0300 060 0550.

1. Using and sharing your information
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The data controller is Natural England, 4th Floor, Foss House, Kings Pool, 1-2 Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PX. Your information will be stored and processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. This Act gives you, as an individual, the right to know what data we hold on you, how we use it, with whom we share it and to ensure that it is accurate. Using the details you give us, Natural England may need to pass your contact details on to the applicant for the area which your online survey relates to. This is so the applicant can discuss with you the relevant issues and comments that you raise in this survey.

Release to applicant

Please select the appropriate option below to indicate if you are happy for Natural England to share your contact details and comments with the applicant or not.

  • Contact details and comments
  • Comments only
  • Contact details and comments to remain anonymous

Release on request into the public domain

Natural England will not be proactively publishing responses to the opportunity to comment. However, as there is significant public interest in the badger control policy process, Natural England may have to release information on responses and comments received following, for example, access to information requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Environmental Information Regulations 2004. We will not release names or contact details and your response and comments will normally only be released in line with your choice above.

However, if you believe there are grounds why your response should not be made publicly available in response to an access to information request, please explain clearly why. If we receive a request for release of the information we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that the information will be withheld in all circumstances.

We will respect personal privacy, whilst complying with access to information requests to the extent necessary to enable Natural England to comply with its statutory obligations under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000.