After receiving numerous calls from concerned members of the public
regarding the trapping of badgers on the Tyntesfield Estate, we contacted the
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) – the body that
issues licences for such activities.
Despite earlier announcements by Defra that the Badger Vaccine Deployment
Project (BVDP) was to be restricted to an area near Stroud in Gloucestershire
only, Defra informed us that work was being carried out at Tyntesfield to test
the animals after trial inoculation had taken place on the grounds.
DEFRA informed us that over a period of time, there had been baited nuts put
out at Tyntesfield prior to the arrival of the men in white coats this week. It
took some time to realise she was referring to the badger inoculations and not
the people coming to take staff away after reactions to the way they are