FG14: Badger gate

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the badger gate item.

How much will be paid

£135 per gate.

Where to use this item

Available for Mid Tier, Higher Tier and woodland creation grant.

Only on currently used badger routes restricted by a new fence line being funded through Countryside Stewardship

Where this item cannot be used

  • in existing fence lines
  • in newly erected fences supporting wet grasslands for breeding waders

How this item will benefit the environment

This item will minimise damage to fence lines (themselves being installed to benefit habitats through appropriate grazing, etc.) by reducing damage from badgers, and allowing them to pass freely through the fence.


  • construct the badger gate to the following dimensions:

    • flap - 250mm by 200mm by 40mm
    • lintel - 285mm by 40mm by 40mm
    • floor block - 205mm by 40mm by 40mm
    • two uprights - 450mm by 40mm by 40mm
  • use wood treated with a non-toxic, low odour, preservative product
  • make sure no nails or rough sawn edges are left exposed
  • fit the gate frame and floor block into the fence, stapling the wire to the wooden frame
  • sink the frame into the ground until the floor block sits at ground level
  • allow a period for the badgers to use the open gate, and then fit the wooden flap, holding it at the top on a pivot, so it can open and close freely both ways
  • alternatively, fit the flap with the rest of the gate and hold it open with wire until the badgers start using the gate regularly
  • only use materials that meet the relevant British Standards - examine copies of the most up-to-date standards for guidance

Keeping records

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:

  • any consents or permissions connected with the work
  • receipted invoices or bank statements where a receipted invoice is unavailable
  • please see the record keeping and inspection requirements as set out in the Mid Tier manual for more detail

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them with the claim:

  • photographs during and after work has been completed

Applicants will need to send the following with their application:

  • photographs of the existing site
  • item specification if required

This item can only be used on the same area and in conjunction with one or more of the following items and supplements:

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this item

The following section gives advice on carrying out this item successfully, but does not form part of the requirements for this item.

How to choose a site

Before putting up a fence, the proposed fence line should be carefully checked for badger runs or paths. Runs will be most clearly visible during the spring, when badger activity is high and vegetation is not at full height. Well-used paths will often be distinct and relatively clear of vegetation because of repeated trampling.

Before installing the gate

  • cut a gap in the netting approximately 200mm wide by 300mm high where the fence crosses a badger run
  • leave the gap open until badgers are regularly using it
  • cut extra holes in any places along the fence where damage occurs (for extra gates to be installed)

The gate(s) should be installed in the gap(s) once badgers have become used to the fence.

How to maintain the gate

The gate should be checked regularly to make sure it does not become blocked or fall into disrepair.

Further information

Find out how to avoid harming badgers and whether a licence is needed.

See the Mid Tier manual or Higher Tier manual or woodland creation grant manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 18 September 2017 + show all updates
  1. Capital item now includes woodland.
  2. Updated for 2017 applications.
  3. Information updated for applications in 2016.
  4. First published.