Consideration in View of Wildlife - Badgers

03rd June 2016
An article by Special Constable Alan Marwood, Nottinghamshire Police Rural Proactive Team

Now that summer approaches in the wake of spring, please be aware of our most British of creatures, the badger. Churchill referred to them as our most "English of all creatures"

The Badgers Act of 1992 provides legal protection to these animals. Due to severe persecution of and cruel acts to badgers the law protects these beautiful creatures, but be aware it is not only covering criminal activities like badger baiting; you could easily find yourself on the wrong side of the law if you
  • Kill or ill treat a badger,
  • Dig for a badger,
  • Ring or mark it, unless authorised by licence,
  • Destroy or damage a sett ( this is the Badgers' home),
  • Obstruct an entrance to a sett,
  • Disturb a badger when it is occupying a sett

The badger legislation is comprehensive and makes provision for farmers, and persons authorised to enter setts subject to stringent conditions.
Often the location of setts are kept secret to avoid undue interference.

There are a few individuals who dig for badgers and set dogs on them. This will result in severe action by the courts, and such individuals will be sought by the police and other agencies. Not only will offences under the Protection of the Badgers Act 1992 be used, but serious offences such as Cruelty and unnecessary suffering will come into the equation; meaning other laws like the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 will also be taken into consideration.

On a practical note, enjoy the countryside and if you are told there is a badger sett, DON'T go there, and please don't let your dogs roam on there; as it's against the law.

You learn about these fascinating creatures on the Internet or by speaking to Wildlife Conservation Volunteers.

Nottinghamshire Police have officers who actively patrol and police wildlife and rural issues, you can contact us via our website

If you see a suspicious incident call us on 101 or if it's an emergency call 999/112.