Badgers are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992; it is an offence to wilfully injure, kill or take badgers. The law states that if any work carried out such as tree felling, timber extraction or mechanical cultivation near to a badger sett has the potential to disturb badgers then a licence should be applied for.
To be on the safe side it is best to speak to the local licensing authority as there are vague boundaries regarding ‘safe’ distances from badger setts.
The licencing authority for Norfolk is:
Further information is available from DEFRA
, the Forestry Commission,
and Natural England