Badgers: survey or research licence

Get a licence to kill, take, disturb or possess a badger when doing surveys, research or conservation work.



Use this application form to apply for a licence to do any of the following while carrying out surveys, research for scientific or educational purposes, or conservation work:

  • kill, take, sell or possess badgers
  • disturb badgers in their setts or disturb the setts themselves


You usually need to provide references when you apply for this licence if:

  • you haven’t held a licence for the species or a similar species for the last 3 years
  • you want to use methods for which you haven’t previously been licensed

Report action taken

You must return the report action taken form within 2 weeks of your licence expiring, even if you’ve taken no action. You can also use the form to renew your licence.