Badgers typically live in more rural areas, occupying setts in family groups. Your local planning authority may ask for badger surveys, if your site is suitable. They will need the survey report to decide on your planning application. This is because badgers and their setts are legally protected, as a result of persecution in recent years. Badger setts can be damaged and disturbed by development work, or by vehicles.
We can carry out badger surveys, and write the survey reports for submission with your planning application. We always work quickly, and will have your written report ready within 5 days of the final survey visit. Below is a brief description of the different badger surveys we provide. Please click on the links for further information, on the specific survey type.
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BADGER SCOPING SURVEYS
The first stage of a badger survey is a site visit to check for badger setts or other signs of badger presence, such as footprints or hair. Badger setts can extend a long way from the entrance hole and so a 30m buffer around the site is checked. If any active setts are found then further surveys may be needed to assess the number of badgers using the site and whether the sett is used for breeding.
REMOTE CAMERA SURVEYS
If an active badger sett is found then remote video camera traps can be used to find out how many individuals are present, and assess whether the sett is used for breeding. Typically the cameras are deployed for 3 weeks, to assess the level of activity at the sett. We will analyse the footage, and try to determine the number of individual animals using the sett. We will also make an assessment of the type of sett, and provide information on any likely impacts and ways to avoid them.