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Badger Surveys
In the UK badgers are primarily afforded protection under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. They also receive limited protection under Schedule 6 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). This outlaws certain methods of taking or killing animals.
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It is illegal to wilfully kill, injure, take, possess or cruelly ill-treat a badger, or to attempt to do so and to intentionally or recklessly interfere with a sett. A sett is defined as "any structure or place or place which displays signs indicating current use by a badger."

Sett interference includes disturbing badgers whilst they are occupying a sett, as well as damaging or destroying a sett or obstructing access to it.

Where badgers have been identified as an issue from a Phase 1 Ecological Scoping Survey the Badger survey will identify how badgers use the site and fulfill these key objectives:

» Assess the presence of badgers within the site and its local environs.
» Identify if the site is used by badgers and if so determine setts location, classification (active/disused) and status (main, annex, subsidiary). Also badger activity level, i.e. the intensity (spatially and temporally) and type (foraging, commuting, etc).
» Provide recommendations for further ecological survey work and mitigation where assessed as necessary and suggest potential enhancements.

Please note: all protected species surveys and mitigation are subject to seasonal constraints according the each species behavior and biology. To get advice on timings of surveys give us a call for an informal chat to see how we can help. We have experience in undertaking surveys for all British animals for large developments local authorities and small developments in the UK particularly in London and the south east of England.

We're friendly, professional and always happy to provide a tailored quote free of charge so please do not hesitate to get in touch if we can assist you.


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