As specialist ecologists, we regularly carry out professional badger surveys. Need one for your land development project? Let us guide you through the process with our expertise.
Widespread across the UK, badgers and badger setts are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. You’ll need a plan to accommodate any badger habitat if you’re applying for planning permission.
We’re here to help you progress your project with the right ecological information to hand. Call us on 01886 888445.
- UK-wide coverage
- Surveys from £350
- 30+ years of expertise
When to complete badger surveys
Ideally, badger surveys are completed between February and September. Elusive creatures in their nature, this is when signs are clearer to see. During the autumn and winter, fallen leaves make it harder to detect the evidence of badgers.
During our survey, an experienced ecologist will walk over your land and the surrounding area to look for badger activity, such as the existence of setts, tracks and scratches on trees. Badger hair and latrines can also be found to determine their residence.
In most instances, just one survey is required.
What if badger setts are found?
On discovery of any setts, our ecologist will identify what kind they are; main sett, outlier sett or subsidiary sett for instance.
If your development proposal would require the closure of holes, a licence will be required. If more than 50% of the holes and setts found need to be closed, an artificial sett may be required. Licences are generally issued for work between July and November.
We’ve helped many clients with situations like this. We understand what the planning authorities require and we can talk you through the steps required. With a comprehensive badger survey and an ecologist to provide advice, you’ll be equipped to keep your planning application moving forward.
More about badgers
Living in a network of underground setts that they dig with their claws, badgers are nocturnal animals that live in family groups. Whilst they don’t hibernate, they are far less active in the winter months and rely on the fat reserves that they’ve built up during the summer.
It’s illegal to kill or injure badgers, or damage an active sett. These offences can result in a £5,000 fine or a 6-month custodial sentence.
Please call us on 01886 888445 to discuss your badger survey requirements. Whatever question you have, we’ll have answered them before.