Badger surveys methods include searches for signs of badger activity and presence (setts, paths, latrines, scratch markings, recent digging, and nesting debris).
For further information on our badger or other protected species surveys, call us on 029 2002 2320.
Badgers and their setts are protected in England and Wales under theProtection of Badgers Act 1992, making it illegal to:
Sentences include six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5000 (per badger).
The legislation is primarily based on animal welfare, protecting badgers from baiting and other persecution; it also encompasses development activities such as road and housing developments, forestry and agricultural operations.
It is important that proposed developments take adequate account of badgers at the planning stage in order to ensure that badgers will not be affected or, where a licence is required, that appropriate mitigation measures can be implemented and positive impacts maximised.
Licences are issued by a Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation (e.g. Countryside Council for Wales or Natural England) to permit legitimate developments or activities that would result in a disturbance or other offence being committed, which would otherwise be illegal. These are restricted to specific purposes, and full ecological survey information would be required.