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Badgers are a protected species and it is illegal to wilfully kill, injure or take one or to interfere with a badger sett. If you are convicted you could face up to six months imprisonment or a substantial fine.

There are certain situations where you may not commit an offence. This is when you have been issued with a licence by one of the agencies below;

  • Natural England (in England); or
  • The Welsh Government or Countryside Council (in Wales)

See the website in related information for advice if there are signs that you have badgers in your garden.

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