Scotland’s badgers are the most protected badgers in the UK. Through changes to the law in 2004 & 2011 a much wider culpability was introduced and if you have to deal with badgers or their setts you should become familiar with the law relating to them. You can download a copy of The Protection of Badgers Act.

The law is quite clear. It is an offence intentionally or recklessly to:-

  • kill, injure, take, possess or cruelly ill-treat a badger or to attempt to do so
  • interfere with a sett by damaging or destroying it
  • obstruct access to, or any entrance of, a badger sett
  • disturb a badger whilst it is occupying a sett
  • cause a dog to enter a sett
  • sell a live badger or offer one for sale or possess a live badger
  • be in possession or control of a dead badger or anything derived from a dead badger

or to attempt to do any of these things. Often people take the law into their own hands when a badger becomes a nuisance but the law clearly allows for certain actions to be carried out under licence. In these instances the correct advice should be sought.


For issues related to badger crime, legislation, planning, mitigation, data searches and to log badger records:

Available between 09:00 and 17:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ONLY

Species Protection Co-ordinator

T: 07866 844232


For matters relating to our Badgers in the Landscape - Community Building for Wildlife project:

Project Officer

T: 07565 813401


For training, web presence and general enquiries:

T: 07792 142446



Scottish Badgers (SCIO) Charity Number SCO34297.