Badgers - Licence forms and guidance documents

If you can’t find the relevant forms or guidance below for what you want to do, please see our licensing or protected species pages for further information on what needs a licence and how to apply.

Licence returns

If there isn’t a return form below for your licence, please email [email protected] with the information as requested on the conditions of your licence.

Licence amendments and renewals

If you wish to amend or renew an existing or expired licence, please email [email protected] with the changes to be made or details of the renewal, quoting the licence number.  Please ensure that you have provided any required licence return before requesting a licence renewal.

Forms and guidance

Licence - badger standard forestry operations licence (SFO)

Licence return form - badger standard forestry operations (SFO) 

Licence application form - badgers and development

Licence application form - badgers and forestry - non-standard operations

Licence application form - badgers - standard forestry operations

Guidance - badger survey best practice

Guidance - what is a badger sett?

Guidance - providing supporting information for badger licence applications 

Guidance - best practice model badger protection plan

Guidance - for the creation of artificial setts

Guidance - notes for surveys and monitoring supported by NatureScot

Guidance - accompanying notes for survey and monitoring licences

Guidance - data protection notice

Guidance - Badger ecologist licence - an ecologists guide


If you already have a licence number, include it in the subject line of your email, or have it to hand when you call.

Licensing Team

01463 725364

[email protected]

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