It is illegal to kill, injure or take a badger, or interfere with a sett.
Licences issued by us
We can issue licences for appropriate purposes, so you can work legally. These licences allow a person to:
- interfere with badger setts:
- for any agricultural or forestry operation
- to maintain or improve existing watercourses or drainage works
- to construct new works for land drainage, including sea/tidal water defences
- to control foxes to protect livestock and penned game
- kill or take badgers or to interfere with their setts to:
- prevent the spread of disease
- prevent serious damage to land, crops, poultry or any other form of property.
For further guidance, application form or advice please contact a Wildlife Management Adviser:
- e-mail: Wildlife@gov.wales
- tel: 0300 061 5920
Rydym yn croesawu galwadau’n Gymraeg / We welcome calls in Welsh.
Under the TB Eradication Programme, we issue licences to mark, trap and take badgers. This is to prevent the spread of disease on farms which have a TB chronic breakdown herd. Badgers which test positive for TB are humanely killed.
Licences issued by Natural Resources Wales (NRW)
NRW issues licences for:
- scientific or educational purposes for the conservation of badgers
- zoological gardens or collections
- ringing or marking badgers
- developments defined under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990
- preservation, or archaeological investigation, of a scheduled monument
- investigation of alleged offences, or to gather evidence for a court proceeding
- controlling foxes to protect released game or wildlife.
For application forms and further guidance, please contact 0300 065 3000, or visit Badger licences on the Natural Resources Wales website.