HalpinRobbins have experienced ecologists capable of conducting a range of Badger surveys in England and Wales; each survey is tailored to meet our clients' needs and project requirements.
Badger surveys are undertaken as either "stand alone" surveys or as part of Preliminary Ecological Appraisals or Ecological and Environmental Impact Assessments and the requirement to undertake a Badger survey is usually determined during a Phase 1 Ecology Survey.
As general guidance if a site or project contains soft, well-drained soil with slopes in shaded areas, such as woodlands, hedgerows, scrub, hills, road/rail embankments, large tree roots, rubbish tips or gardens, or is adjacent to such features it can be considered likely that a Badger survey will be required in some form.
Each survey start with an initial site walkover to find field signs of Badger activity and presence, such as setts, paths, latrines, scratch markings, recent digging, and nesting debris. Any signs are mapped to show where the Badgers are active and what significance each field sign has on a site and the surrounding area.
The map and the determined significance are then compared with any plans and proposals to determine the risk or impact to both the Badgers and the proposed works or project. These results are then be used to inform land purchase, development and project works and schedules, impact assessments and to determine if further detailed surveys and appropriate wildlife mitigation licences are required.
The timing of any survey is ideally between September to April when the Badgers but some survey work can be completed carefully ;outside of this season. Finding and recording signs of activity during surveys can be weather dependent, so Badger surveys are best undertaken at the earliest available opportunity.
The European badger is a social creature living in family groups in underground structures called "Setts"; both of which are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended).
This protection makes it illegal to destroy damage or obstruct access to a Sett or disturb a Badger while it is using its Sett. Should any works require disturbing a Sett or Badger then a wildlife licence application must be submitted to the relevant governing body (such as Natural England, Natural Resource Wales or Scottish Natural Heritage) with appropriate mitigation and reasoning.
More useful information about Badgers can be found on the Badger Trust website.
Our staff maintain and enhance their knowledge of ecology and the environment through research, specialist training and by maintaining membership of several professional and specialist bodies including:
If you wish to find out more about permitting, ecology services or to discuss a project or development please contact us directly for a free, non-committal discussion.
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