Badger crime

Badgers, and the setts where they live, are protected by law at all times throughout Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

It is a criminal offence to harm or disturb these animals, obstruct access to their place of refuge or destroy or damage anything which conceals or protects their place of refuge.

The most common types of badger-related crime are badger digging, badger baiting (with dogs) and the destruction of setts. Click here for information on badgers and the law in Northern Ireland

Always report suspicious activity to the police by calling 101

Ask for an incident number

Download PAW NI badger persecution leaflet

Download the latest NI badger persecution report

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Details of activity

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Email Address

Location of activity

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PSNI reference

(If applicable)

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The personal data we collect is limited to name, contact details and membership information

(where applicable). On some occasions, this may include a user’s IP address.

Personal data is stored and used only for the purpose for which it is collected.

Personal data is stored securely on local media and is accessed only by authorised persons.

We do not share personal data with any other party without the express knowledge and consent of the individual(s) concerned.

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Please tell us about any suspicious activity involving badgers or setts using the form below.

Your contact details will help us but you can report this anonymously, if you prefer.

We do not share your name or contact details with anyone else.