Unsurprisingly, the end of the second year of badger cull trials in Somerset and Gloucestershire has brought speculation over the effectiveness of the culls. Despite setting very low targets, based on unreliable estimates of badger numbers, snipers have still failed to shoot the minimum number required in Gloucestershire. With no independent panel reporting on the outcome of the trials this year, it may be some time before we find out the true success (or rather failure) of the trials. Let’s hope that when proved unsuccessful that the pilots will not be rolled out to other counties.