Badgers are relatively common in the UK, with an estimated population of between 250,000 and 300,000 individuals. Although they have a very widespread population, their distribution is uneven. Populations are dense in the south of England with populations in centres of towns and cities being much smaller.
These mammals are nocturnal and spend a majority of their life underground in networks of chambers and tunnels known as ‘setts’. They are highly social and a known to form social groups, with an average of six badgers occupying each main breeding sett.
Badgers are a protected species and are protected by legislation, the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). Under these Acts, it is a serious offence to kill, injure, interfere or take a badger. It is also an offence to interfere or damage a sett that is known to be in use unless a licence is obtained.
Badger surveys aim to identify how badgers are using your land as well as the area surrounding it. This is done via the use of onsite inspections to look for any fresh evidence, such as hairs and latrines, and camera trapping to assess if any setts found on site are currently active.
By doing badger surveys and identifying how they are using the area we can ensure no offences are being committed and ensure that any developments proceed in line with current UK ecological requirements. These surveys can be done at all times of the year.
Our experienced team will guide you through the process from estimate to planning approval.