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The presence of badgers in burial grounds, particularly their setts, can be a sensitive subject and, where badgers directly interfere with graves, often distressing.

If human remains are disturbed by a badger sett there is no need to apply for a Faculty for reinterring remains provided that it is done with due reverence. Badgers are legally protected and a license is required to move or close a sett.

The Church Buildings Council is working with Natural England to produce practical guidance on mitigating the impact of badgers within churchyards and this will be available here shortly.