Badger recorded on survey in North-East England
Badgers recorded on survey in Northumberland

Badgers and their setts are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act (1992), which makes it illegal to kill or injure them, or to interfere with a badger sett. If badgers could be affected by a development or works are planned in close proximity to an active sett, you are likely to need a Protected Species Licence before works can commence.

Have you been asked to undertake a badger survey?

It’s possible to undertake surveys throughout the year, although the period from October to April is most effective, as vegetation cover is reduced, and badger setts are more easily identifiable.

Badger caught on camera trap during ecological survey

Our ecologists are experienced in badger surveys, bait marking and territory analysis, licensed exclusion, supervision of sett closure and destruction and the design of artificial setts, badger fencing and tunnels.

Acer Ecology has offices in Northumberland, Cardiff, and Bristol. We undertake projects all over the country and are able to provide surveys across the North East, including: around Newcastle, Corbridge, Hexham, Durham, the North Pennines and beyond.

We are also able to provide surveys in the surrounding counties of Cumbria, Tyne and Wear, and into the Scottish Borders.

Contact our head office team on 029 2065 0331, or email