Protected Species Survey

Badger Survey

Badger Survey

Badger Protection Legislation

Badgers are protected along with 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 occupying a sett.

However, there are exceptions and licenses can be issued to undertake some actions, if it is justified. e.g. where a badger sett is found on a proposed site for a road or housing development.

Badger Survey

Badger surveys initially involve the identification of:

  • Holes
  • Trails
  • Latrines
  • Feeding signs (snuffle holes)


Adult and juvenile badgers 

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.

badger survey season - badger survey calendar


Contact Us

For more information about badger surveys and associated mitigation strategies please call us on 01372 364 133, email us or use our enquiry form below.

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