Badgers and their setts are protected. Specific laws apply to what you can and can’t do to control badgers.
To understand your problem and to advise further we recommend a site survey be done by us. Through the survey we may identify the simplest solution which we would also guarantee.
We can identify the damage and confirm if it is badgers or foxes which cause similar risks and damage. We can then report on the best solution to exclude badgers and guarantee they will not breach our badger prevention work.
If a sett is identified on site, an additional survey may be required by our ecologist who will then carry out a more detailed survey of the sett’s activity. They will liaise with the licensing authority on your behalf to try to gain permission to carry out the recommended badger control solution.
Due to the complex process it is not guaranteed that it will be possible to carry out the works however a survey is the starting point.
Badgers and their setts (tunnels and chambers where they live) are protected by law.
The law and What you must not do
You could be sent to prison for up to 6 months and get an unlimited fine if you’re found guilty of any of these offences:
- intentionally capture, kill or injure a badger
- damage, destroy or block access to their setts
- disturb badgers in setts
- treat a badger cruelly
- deliberately send or intentionally allow a dog into a sett
- bait or dig for badgers
You’re breaking the law and could get an unlimited fine if you:
- have or sell a badger, or offer a live badger for sale
- have or possess a dead badger or parts of a badger (if you got it illegally)
- mark or attach a marking device to a badger