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Badger Setts

Badger setts are protected as well as the animal. A sett is defined as tunnels and chambers in use by badgers and the areas immediately outside the entrance holes.

It is an offence to do these things or be reckless about the consequences of your actions:

  • Destroy or damage a badger sett or any part of it
  • Obstructing access to a badger sett or any of its entrances.
  • Send a dog into a badger sett
  • Disturb a badger in a badger sett


There are exceptions to these offences:

  • If it can be shown that actions were taken in an emergency in order to prevent serious damage to property.
  • If the action was the unintentional result of a lawful operation and could not reasonably have been avoided.


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