Protesters descending on Gloucester ahead of the proposed badger cull claim they will make shooting the animals “impossible” by using military-style tactics.
An injunction against intimidation and harassment was issued this week but Jay Tiernan, who speaks on behalf of the Stop the Cull group, said around 100 people will be patrolling the cull zones in Gloucestershire and Somerset every night.
The two 300 square mile cull zones have been divided into different areas and these are being “monitored” by protesters.
He said hundreds of people have familiarised themselves with the location of setts and been trained with night visions cameras.
Activists have been told to also invest in high power torches and rape alarms to scatter badgers.
Protestors say the cull is due to start on Monday.
Most of the cull will be carried out by marksmen shooting badgers from hides in the early morning using rifles.
Around ten per cent will be trapped first.
Mr Tiernan told the Daily Telegraph: “It would literally take thousands of people to stop it going ahead but we will be doing the best we can.
“Hundreds of people have already been down to the cull zones. There are up to 100 people a night on the weekend in the area.
“We are very, very happy they [farmers] are cage trapping as that will be impossible to cull once we know where they are.”
Drew Pratten of Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting is organising local people into wounded badger “patrols” on public footpaths where they know there are setts nearby.
However he said the patrols will not try and stop legal shooting.
“The point is if we find wounded badgers. We want to help the animals and the publicity of that will bring it home to the public.”
Peter Kendall, President of the National Farmers Union, said badgers are extremely unlikely to be wounded, since only trained marksmen will carry out the shooting in controlled circumstances.
He said the injunction secured at the High Court prevents any protesters intimidating or harassing farmers and predicted farmers will get on with the cull quietly and without incident.