Badger Protection Legislation
Badgers are protected and so are the setts they live in. Under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, in England it is an offence to:
- Wilfully kill, injure or take a badger (or attempt to do so).
- Cruelly ill-treat a badger.
- Dig for a badger.
- Intentionally or recklessly damage or destroy a badger sett, or obstruct access to it.
- Cause a dog to enter a badger sett.
- Disturb a badger when it is occupying a sett.
But there are exceptions; licenses to undertake some actions can be issued if it is justified, for example where a badger sett is found on a proposed site for a road or housing development.
Badger surveys initially involve the identification of:
- badger holes
- badger trails
- badger latrines and
- feeding signs (snuffle holes)
Badger Sett Survey Methods
The use of badger setts can be surveyed using several methods including use of more traditional methods of stand (paw prints) to the use of remote recording devices. The Ecology Partnership has experienced badger surveyors that have worked on numerous projects.
Badger Survey Season
For more information on suitable times for badger survey visit our Survey Calendar.
For more information about badger surveys and associated mitigation strategies please call us on 01372 824 205, email us or use our enquiry form below.
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