Under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, it is an offence:
- to interfere with a badger sett or disturb a badger.
- for any person to take, injure, kill or to attempt to take, injure or kill any badger.
- for any person to cruelly ill treat or dig for any badger or use a badger tong.
- to possess a dead badger or part of a dead badger which has been come by illegally, including a pelt, or to sell,
- to try to sell or to keep a live badger.
- to mark or ring a badger.
For more information see the full Protection of Badgers Act 1992
WHAT YOU CAN DO
If you see anyone with dogs and equipment (spades, nets etc) at or near a badger sett, try to observe their activities. Note their appearance, type and number of dogs and any implements used.
Look for any vehicles and note type, colour and registration numbers.
Notify this information together with an accurate location IMMEDIATELY to the police by telephoning 999.
DO NOT TACKLE DIGGERS OR LAMPERS, LEAVE IT TO THE POLICE.