Badgers receive legal protection under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. This makes it an offence, amongst other things, to: i) wilfully kill or injure a Badger, or attempt to do so; ii) intentionally or recklessly damage, destroy or obstruct access to a sett; iii) intentionally or recklessly disturb a Badger when occupying a sett (unless the action was the incidental result of a lawful operation and could not reasonably have been avoided). Potentially unlawful activities can be made legal if they are covered by a licence, issued by Natural England.
Badgers are protected by law and so their presence is a material consideration, in planning terms. Your Local Planning Authority may request a Badger survey if there is evidence to suggest that they are present on or around your site. EECOS staff can survey your site, searching for signs of Badger activity such as footprints, pathways, hairs caught on fences, latrines and setts (Badger homes). We can determine the level of activity at each sett entrance and determine the impacts of the proposals on the local Badger population.
If necessary, as it often is if a licence application is necessary, we can apply more detailed survey methods in order to gain additional information, including the use of infra-red cameras and night vision scopes, and bait marking surveys to map the connections between setts and identify territory boundaries.
Our written survey report will describe and map the results of the fieldwork as well as providing recommendations for an appropriate mitigation scheme, to avoid or minimise the impacts as far as possible. We will advise on whether or not there is a need to obtain a licence from Natural England and can guide you through that process if there is, from application to the completion of the mitigation method statement. We have experience of Badger sett closures, using one-way gates, and of designing and constructing artificial Badger setts.
If you require a quote for a Badger survey please send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org including a brief description of what is proposed, timescales, site plans and any correspondence received from the Local Planning Authority. Alternatively you can contact us in the office on 01621 862986. We can carry out Badgers surveys in Essex and surrounding counties, including Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Kent and London.