We can provide the whole range of badger surveys across the UK, and have vast project experience on a commercial and domestic scale. We are experienced in obtaining and implementing Natural England licences for works affecting this species.
Contact us to discuss your project.
- 1. Our Services
- 2. Background Information
- 3. Mitigation and Licensing
- 4. Additional Services
Access Ecology carry out badger surveys and mitigation using the latest equipment across the UK.
Our highly experienced, licensed ecologists will initially conduct a walkover survey to inspect a site for evidence of badger usage and to identify badger setts that may be affected by a development.
If badger evidence or setts are identified further surveys may be required to establish the territory usage and population numbers. These must be undertaken within the active breeding season of February to May (inclusive). Methods employed at Access Ecology include;
- Sett Classification Surveys
- Bait-marking surveys
- Remote Camera Surveys
The results will inform a survey report of our findings which is suitable for submission to the local planning authority. Our report will include suitable site specific recommendations including whether a European Protected Species Licence is required for the development to continue.
The Protection of Badgers Act 1992 makes it an offence to willfully kill, injure, take or attempt to kill, injure or take a badger or interfere with a badger sett by damaging a sett or any part thereof. It also makes it an offence to willfully destroy a sett, obstruct access to a sett or disturb a badger while occupying a sett.
The act defines a badger sett as “any structure or place, which displays signs indicating current use by a badger”.
Within Britain badgers also receive protection under Schedule 6 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981 (as amended), while European protection is afforded through inclusion in Appendix 3 of the Bern Convention. If a project encompasses any activities which may damage or destroy a sett, obstruct a sett entrance or disturb a badger while it is occupying a sett, then a licence is required from Natural England prior to works commencing.
Any project where badgers or their setts may be impacted detrimentally will require a Natural England protected species licence for development to continue.
Access Ecology has a number of Licensed and experienced staff who have compiled and managed successful licence applications for a range of differing development (and non-development) situations. As a result we are able to offer advice and expertise on all stages of the licensing and mitigation process.
In addition to standard badger surveys and licensing, Access Ecology can offer the following services in relation to badgers;
- Design and Installation of Badger fencing
- Sett Closure
- Design and construction of mitigation features including artificial setts and road underpasses
- Habitat Creation and Enhancement