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Our ecologists are fully qualified to undertake your badger survey.
Field Sign Surveys
A site walkover to look for evidence of badgers (e.g. setts, pathways, dung).
Sett Monitoring Surveys
Monitoring potential setts using footprint and camera traps to determine if they are occupied.
Bait Marking Surveys
We use food bait with coloured pellets to determine badger clan territories.
Sett Interference & Disturbance Licences
We can apply for licences to interfere or disturb a badger sett for you.
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Why badger surveys are needed
Badgers are legally protected by the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 (as amended). The badgers themselves and where they live (their setts) are protected.
If your proposed works are likely to impact upon a badger sett or suitable habitat (e.g. grassland, woodland, hedgerows) surveys may be required to ensure that the law is not broken and inform a successful planning application.
The survey process
Surveys usually begin with a field sign survey. If evidence of badgers is found then detailed sett monitoring or bait marking surveys may be required.
Field sign surveys
This is the first stage in the process. It involves a walkover of the site by an experienced surveyor to look for evidence of badgers (e.g. setts, pathways, dung). This survey can be undertaken at any time of the year, although the optimum time is early spring (March/April) or late autumn (October/November) when there is less vegetation and badgers are active.
Sett monitoring surveys
This involves monitoring potential setts to determine if they are occupied by badgers and to classify the type of sett. Methods used include footprint and camera traps. Sett monitoring surveys can be undertaken at any time of the year, although they are suboptimal during December and January when badgers are less active.
Bait marking surveys
This involves placing coloured pellets in food bait close to badger setts. Different coloured pellets are placed near each sett. As badgers use latrines to mark the edge of their territories, the territories of different badger clans can be established by checking the colour of pellets in latrines. This survey may be required for larger developments to determine how much habitat each badger clan will loose or to inform the best location for artificial setts. This survey must be undertaken when territorial activity is at its peak, ideally late February to late April. It can also be undertaken between early September and mid-October.
The next steps
If badgers are present we will work closely with you to design practical mitigation to ensure your project complies with wildlife law and that your planning application is successful.
Sett interference and disturbance licences
If impacts to badger setts cannot be completely avoided it may be necessary to apply for a licence to disturb or interfere with a badger sett from the relevant Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation (Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Natural Heritage). These licences permit works affecting badgers that would otherwise be illegal. Licences to exclude badgers from setts will only be granted between the 1st July and 30th November. We are experienced in preparing and applying for these licences.