You are committing an offence if you:
kill, injure, capture or attempt to kill, injure or capture a badger;
possess a dead badger or any part of a badger;
cruelly ill-treat a badger;
use badger tongs in the course of killing, capturing or attempting to kill a badger;
dig for a badger
destroy or damage a badgers sett
damaging a sett or any part thereof;
block access to a sett;
You could be sent to prison for up to 6 months and be fined £5,000 for each offence if you’re found guilty.
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Badgers are widely found across the UK, usually in woods in underground burrows, called setts.They live in social groups with each group having a territory, where there is plenty of food and suitable habitat. They are nocturnal coming out at night to feed , mainly on earthworms.
Badgers have a black and white striped head, the light grey hair on their body makes them easy to indentify.
The main legislation protecting badgers in England and Wales is the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 (the 1992 Act).
The 1992 Act defines a badger sett as: "any structure or place which displays signs indicating current use by a badger".
Planning applications may require a badger survey and licences may be issued to disturb or destroy badger setts or disturb badgers for development.