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Badger culling zones were extended last month, allowing the shooting of badgers in seven new areas, including Berkshire and Hampshire.

Natural England approved the new areas on September 7, bringing the total number of culling zones in the UK to 61. This will mean more than 60,000 badgers will be killed.

Badger culling began in 2013 in an effort to protect cattle from Bovine TB, which is one of the “most difficult and intractable” animal health challenges according to environmental secretary George Eustice.

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Some of the zones in Berkshire and Hampshire include: Aldermaston gravel pits, Ashridge Wood, Averys Pightle, Bowdown and Chamberhouse, Boxford Chalk Pit, Brimpton Pit, Boxford Water Meadows, Briff Lane Meadows, Catmore and Winterly Copses, Cold Ash Quarry, Combe Wood and Linkenholt Hanging, Coombe Wood Frilsham , Croker's Hole, Easton Farm Meadow, Decoy Pit , Pools & Woods, Enborne Copse, Fognam Chalk Quarry, Freeman's Marsh, Greenham and Crookham Commons, Hampstead Marshall Pit, Hogs Hole, Hollies Down, Inkpen and Walbury Hills, Inkpen Comon, Inkpen Crocus Fields, Irish Hill Copse, Kennet and Lambourn Floodplain, Kennet Valley Alderwoods, Kings Copse, Lardon Chase, Old Copse, Beenham, Parkfarm Down, Pincent's Kiln, River Kennet , Redhill Wood, River Lambourne, Seven Barrows, Snelsmore Common, Streatley Warren, Sulham and Tidmarsh Woods and Meadows, Thatcham Reed Beds, Wasing Wood Ponds, Westfield Farm Chalk Bank, West Woodhay Down, West's Meadow, Aldermaston, White Shute, Winterbourne Chalk Pit, Woolhaption Reed Bed, Ashford Hill Woods and Meadow, Burghclere Beacon, Highclere Park, Ladle Hill, Old Burghclere Lime Quarry, Pamber Forest and Silchester Common, Ron Ward's Meadow with Tadley Pastures, West Woodhay Down, among others.



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