Following centuries of persecution, badgers and their active setts are protected from harm and disturbance under the Badgers Act (1992). Surveys to establish the presence or absence of badgers may be required where a development will affect woodland, scrub or other habitats with the potential to support this species.
We are experts in undertaking badger surveys and have helped numerous clients gain planning consent and develop their sites while complying with the relevant legislation.
The standard method for carrying out a badger survey is to undertake a walkover survey of the site to check all areas of woodland, hedgerow and scrub for the presence of badger setts. Any badger setts are checked for badger hairs, footprints, bedding or latrines to assess whether they are in current use by badgers (Harris et al, 1989). If badger setts are present within the site then appropriate measures may need to be put in place to allow the development to progress. See our badger mitigation page for more information.
Timing Considerations: The optimal period for undertaking badger surveys is February to April and September to November, inclusive.
Babec Ecological Consultants are based in Sussex and Hertfordshire, and provide badger surveys across West Sussex, East Sussex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridge, Essex, London and throughout England and Wales. We are happy to give free initial advice and provide an excellent service at competitive rates. Click here to get in touch.