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Myth bust: Times article on government’s response to chalara

The Myth: The Times alleges that the government’s response to chalara was “hindered by chaos” and that there was a shortage of tree health experts in senior positions. The Truth: Tree and plant health is an absolute priority in Defra and our response to tree diseases has been put on the same footing as our [...]

Page published: 22 January 2013 | Myth busters, News

Myth bust: Flood defence schemes funding

The myth: The Guardian has reported that 294 flood defence schemes that had been in line for Government funding have not been built due to budget cuts. The truth: All of the flood defence schemes that were approved Government funding in 2010/11 have gone ahead. The Government yesterday announced an additional £120 million to protect people [...]

Page published: 1 December 2012 | Myth busters, News

Myth Bust: Sunday Times claim that badger cull trials will be extended nationwide

The myth:  The Sunday Times have claimed that badger culling trials, planned to take place in Gloucestershire and Somerset next year, are likely to be extended nationwide. The truth:  There are no plans to roll out the cull nationwide. Badger culling would only ever happen in areas where bovine TB is a serious problem. We [...]

Page published: 18 November 2012 | Myth busters

Myth bust: The Telegraph claims public to be banned from woodlands

The myth: The Telegraph allege that the public could be banned from British forests and woodland as a result of the ash tree disease, chalara fraxinea. The truth: There are no plans to stop public access to forests and woodland as there is a very low risk of people transmitting the disease from area to area.

Page published: 31 October 2012 | Myth busters, News

Myth bust – vaccinating cattle against bovine TB

The myth: In an article in the Mail on Sunday on 21 October, Brian May claims that the UK can already vaccinate cattle against TB if it wants to. The truth: Cattle vaccination is not currently permitted in the UK. If cattle were vaccinated using a vaccine that is not licensed by the EU, Britain [...]

Page published: 21 October 2012 | Myth busters, News

Myth Bust: The Independent claims that Ministers refuse to ban deadly bird poison

The myth: An article in The Independent claimed that Environment Minister Richard Benyon has ‘refused to ban deadly bird poison’.

Page published: 18 October 2012 | Myth busters

Myth bust: Defra is ignoring research into the effect of neonicotinoids on bees

The myth: In an article on the Guardian website “The silence of the bees” they claim that Defra is ignoring research into the effect of neonicotinoids on bees The truth: This claim is completely untrue. Regulation needs to be based on all available scientific evidence. Defra is not complacent and is carrying out new research into [...]

Page published: 19 September 2012 | Myth busters, News

Myth Bust: The Sunday Times claims that there are ‘fewer than 100 mature cod are left in the North Sea’

The myth: An article in The Sunday Times claimed that ‘fewer than 100 mature cod are left in the North Sea’. The truth: This is completely wrong, in fact we know there to be around 21 million mature cod in the north sea. Cod start to mature from a year old and are fully mature [...]

Page published: 18 September 2012 | Myth busters

Myth bust: The Telegraph suggests people won’t be safe when walking dogs at night during any pilot badger culls.

The myth: An article in The Daily Telegraph suggests that people walking their dogs at night will not be safe during any pilot badger cull.

Page published: 29 August 2012 | Myth busters

Daily Telegraph claim that wildlife laws will be relaxed

The myth: The Daily Telegraph reported that the Law Commission’s review of wildlife legislation will lead to changes that: Make it easier to cull grey squirrels, muntjac deer and badgers. Prevent the public appealing against the cull of certain species, like badgers. Mean emergency licences could be introduced to allow the killing of certain animals [...]

Page published: 23 August 2012 | Myth busters, News