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Badgers: licences to prevent serious damage

Scottish Natural Heritage can issue licences to prevent serious damage by badgers to land, crops, poultry or other property.

Badgers are generally very shy and secretive creatures, which usually coexist peacefully with humans. But on rare occasions badgers can cause damage to gardens, crops or property.

In most cases, this can be resolved by ensuring that badgers can’t access the affected area. If this isn’t possible, and if serious damage might occur to the property, we may be able to issue a licence to prevent such damage.

How to apply

To apply for a licence to prevent serious damage to land, crops, poultry or any other property, email licensing@nature.scot.

You should include:

  • your name, address and telephone number
  • the address where damage is occurring
  • details of the serious damage experienced
  • details of measures taken to prevent damage

Licence changes and renewals

You should get in touch if you wish to amend a licence. But check your licence conditions first: you may be able to appoint agents and assistants without having to get them named on your licence.

Find out about adding persons to a licence.

You must also remember to contact us to renew your licence. Licences aren’t renewed automatically.

Contact

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
Telephone: 01463 725 364
Email: licensing@nature.scot

Find out more

Data Protection notice

Guidance notes for providing supporting information for badger licence applications

Badger - current use guidance