Badgers In Need Of Help

Badgers & The Law

Badgers and their setts are protected by the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 (where full details can be found). This protection resulted from historic persecution of badgers, particularly where badgers were dug out and then baited by dogs (badger baiting). Badgers are not protected because they are endangered.

It is illegal to kill, injure, take or ill-treat a badger, or attempt to. It is also illegal to damage, destroy, block/obstruct a badger sett, cause a dog to enter a sett or disturb a badger in a sett.

A badger sett – means any structure or place which displays signs indicating current use by a badger.

There are provisions within the legislation which allows the issue of a licence which effectively makes an otherwise illegal activity lawful. Such licenses have to be fully justified and applied against stringent conditions.

The Group is fully conversant with the legislation and able to help and advise where requested. We assist the Police with investigations and provide expert witness statements.