Badger control : Information on what the government is doing to control the risk of bovine TB from badgers


(This consultation closes on 10 February 2017 11:45pm)


Re-launch of the Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme

A government-backed badger vaccination scheme was relaunched on 11 September 2017 by Farming Minister George Eustice to help stop the spread of bovine TB (bTB) in England.

The relaunched Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme (to be known as ‘BEVS II’), which was suspended for two years following a global vaccine shortage, has opened for expressions of interest, with projects set to start in spring 2018. Successful applicants will receive a government grant for 50% of eligible costs dependent on demonstrating compliance with the scheme criteria.

Purpose of the Scheme

The government’s bovine TB strategy for England published in April 2014 announced new support for privately-led vaccination initiatives in what it called “the Edge Area” of England. The Edge Area is the buffer zone between the High and Low Risk Areas. It currently includes all of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. It also contains part of Cheshire, Derbyshire, East Sussex, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. However, the Government has proposed that these part Edge Area counties will become entirely Edge Area at some point in the future.  For that reason, applications for areas that currently fall outside of the Edge Area but will become Edge Area if the Government’s proposals are implemented will be accepted. You can check if you fall within the current Edge Area by reading the complete list of parishes in the Edge Area.

Taking forward the commitment in the TB Strategy, and following the first BEVS grant scheme, BEVS II offers support to privately led vaccination projects in the Edge Area. The purpose of BEVS II is to seek to create locally protected badger populations which can act as a “cordon sanitaire” between areas where bovine TB is present in cattle and areas without bovine TB.

For more information on the government’s support for badger vaccination or to discuss potential applications, please contact

Expression of Interest

Please submit an expression of interest to Defra if you would like guidance on applying for BEVS II. As a minimum, applicants are asked to provide the following information:

  • Applicant name, and where relevant consortium members
  • Location and size of the proposed vaccination area
  • Information on planned land access
  • Outline of resource management proposals, including how Defra’s contributions will be match funded for four or more years should the application be successful

If you would like to express an interest please send the above information to no later than 31 October 2017. Following your expression of interest, you will be contacted by a Defra official who will seek to give you guidance and information (but not advice) on the application process.






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