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Badgers and their setts (tunnels and chambers where they live) are protected by law.
You may be able to get a licence from Natural England if you can’t avoid disturbing badgers in their sett or damaging their sett.
You could be sent to prison for up to 6 months and get an unlimited fine if you’re found guilty of any of these offences:
You’re breaking the law and could get an unlimited fine if you:
In most cases you should be able to avoid disturbing badgers and damaging or blocking access to their sett.
If you can’t avoid this, you can apply for a licence to interfere with a sett from Natural England. You’ll need to show you’ve tried everything else possible to avoid affecting badgers.
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