Badgers and their setts are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, which makes it illegal to kill, injure or take badgers or to interfere with a badger sett. Badgers are often affected by development projects and a licence from the statutory agency (Countryside Council for Wales or Natural England) is needed if disturbing work is planned close to an active sett, as well as for the exclusion, closure or destruction of a sett.
As long as the badger setts are not damaged, nor the badgers disturbed, many activities are permitted around them. These activities can include vegetation clearance and work with hand tools or machinery. However, the noise and vibration levels for such work must remain within the levels commonly tolerated by badgers.
Survey can be undertaken throughout the year, although the period from October to April is most effective when vegetation cover is reduced, setts are readily visible and badgers are highly active.
When setts cannot be retained within a development site, the badgers must be excluded prior to sett destruction. This work can only be undertaken under licence and will only be permitted from July to November as the breeding season runs from December to June. Other mitigation for badgers can include the creation of foraging habitat and the installation of badger-proof fencing and tunnels to new or existing roads.
Our ecologists are able to undertake all aspects of badger work including badger survey, bait marking and territory analysis, applying for badger licences, supervision of sett closure and the design of artificial setts, badger fencing and tunnels.
For more information call us on 029 2041 0036.