Legislation

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.

Contacts:

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

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

Project Officer

T: 07565 813401

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For training, web presence and general enquiries:

T: 07792 142446

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Sponsors:

Scottish Badgers (SCIO) Charity Number SCO34297.