Q31: Are Badgers protected?
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 and/or an unlimited 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.