The Ecology Partnership has been carrying out monitoring of a badger sett on a development site in East Sussex. The field is included within a proposed housing scheme and a recently constructed badger sett has been discovered on site. Two large main badger setts have been recorded outside the site boundaries and it is thought that one of these badger families have now excavated a smaller annexe sett on site. The Ecology Partnership have been monitoring the sett, with hair traps to catch badger hair on sticky tape, by laying sand to collect footprints and by setting up infrared cameras, to understand the usage of the sett. The evidence gathered will be used to inform a mitigation strategy to ensure that badgers are protected and catered for within the new scheme. The following video is an example of the video evidence gathered as a result of using the remote cameras.
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