Ecological Badger Surveys
Badgers and their setts are protected by law and therefore need to be considered during development/land management projects.
NBC Environment have expertise in undertaking surveys for badgers and devising and implementing effective and innovative mitigation solutions which have assisted projects including road and rail schemes as well as major housing developments.
About the Badger
An iconic symbol of the British countryside, the badger is a very common sight in Britain, with around 280,000 living in the UK. Distribution of the badger is uneven across the country, with a dense population in the south of England. Badgers live in underground burrows, called setts, in groups of between 4 and 12.
Individual badgers and their setts are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, which makes it illegal to kill, injure or to take a badger (or attempt to do so) or to interfere with a badger sett. Badgers are also protected under Schedule 6 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) in England, Scotland and Wales.
Failure to comply with the law can lead to fines of up to £5,000 per offense and a potential prison sentence of up to six-months Therefore it is important to contact an expert for advice in the first instance.
When searching and looking for signs of badgers you would expect to see sett entrances/holes (these are oval and measure between 250 to 300mm wide), badger paths, footprints (five toes with very distinctive claw marks at the end), badger hairs, scratching posts and evidence of bangers digging for food.
Ecological Consultancy Services
Our team at Blackdown Environmental have Ecologists trained to survey for badgers and are highly experienced in undertaking assessments of this species for a wide variety of projects from routine vegetation management to assessments for large scale housing developments and complex transport engineering schemes. Our ecology team can also write and submit Natural England badger licenses to permanently or temporarily close setts during development, however setts can only be closed between 1st July and the 30th November in any given year. Whatever your project type you can be assured that you will receive a high quality of service.
Our survey services include (but are not limited to):
- Assessments of habitat suitability.
- Searches and assessment of evidence of badgers including setts. Surveys can be undertaken at any time of year although the optimum time is during late winter/spring.
Mitigation Solutions Including:
- Licensed sett interference works
- Artificial sett creation
- Methodologies to avoid harm to badgers and their setts tailored to your specific project
Environmental Contracting Services
Our team at Blackdown Environmental have an expert contracting team with a wealth of experience in implementing a variety of mitigation solutions devised specifically for badgers.
Blackdown Environmental are able to assist with the following:
- Installation of fencing (Read more about badger fencing here)
- Installation of badger gates in other forms of fencing
- Sett exclusion
- Artificial sett construction
Talk to one of our experts about Badger solutions for your project
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Read our sett exclusion work case study below: