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Badgers

Badger Surveys

Badger surveys

 

  • Habitat suitability assessments
  • Sett detection and status assessment
  • Activity surveys
  • Bait-marking surveys and tracking studies
  • Nocturnal observation using night vision equipment and automated motion capture cameras
  • Monitoring surveys

 

Impact assessment

 

  • Identification of potential direct and indirect impacts, both at the site level and in a wider perspective: risks of disturbing, injurying or killing badgers, habitat modification, loss, fragmentation or isolation, post development interference impacts and poor data situations or ‘last minute discoveries’
  • Quantification of potential impacts in terms of extent, magnitude, duration, timing, frequency, reversibility and cumulative effects.
  • Strategic advice on project feasibility

 

Licences for Badger Surveys

 

We have have the skills and experience to obtain mitigation licences:

 

  • to interfere with setts for development purposes
  • for the Forestry Commission to interfere with setts for forestry operations
  • for internal drainage boards to interfere with setts for drainage operations
  • to interfere with setts for agriculture, forestry and drainage purposes and to prevent damage
  • to interfere with setts during archaeological digs

 

 

Mitigation

 

  • Artificial sett specifications
  • Receptor site selection
  • Artificial sett creation
  • Installation of badger fencing
  • Sett closures including installation of exclusion gates
  • Destruction of setts, including live digs
  • Precautionary working method statements
  • Tool box talks
  • Ecological clerk of works
  • Management plans for artificial setts, wildlife corridors, underpasses, badger-proof fencing and beneficial planting and landscaping schemes.

 

 

 

Badger sett exclusion – timescales

 

Case studies