The Protection of Badgers Act 1992 makes it illegal to kill, injure or take a badger, or interfere with a sett

Badgers are the heaviest of our wild predators with adult males weighing over 11kg. They mainly eat earthworms, insects, roots and berries. Badgers are highly social, living in networks of underground tunnels called setts.

The Protection of Badgers Act 1992 fully protects badgers and their setts. Offences include:

  • killing, injuring and taking (or attempting these)
  • possession of a dead badger (or derivative)
  • cruelly ill-treating a badger
  • damaging a badger sett or any part of it
  • destroying a badger sett
  • obstructing access to / entrance of a badger sett
  • causing a dog to enter a badger sett
  • disturbing a badger whilst occupying a sett

Badgers are also listed on Schedule 6 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which prohibits certain methods of killing and capture.

You can obtain a licence from NRW for activities which would otherwise be illegal.