Badgers and their setts are protected by UK legislation. It is illegal to kill, injure or take a badger, or to interfere with their setts.
Badgers and their setts are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. The Protection of Badgers Act 1992 is based primarily on the need to protect badgers from baiting and deliberate harm or injury. Badgers are not protected for conservation reasons. All the following are criminal offences:
- To intentionally or recklessly interfere with a sett. Sett interference includes disturbing badgers whilst they are occupying a sett, as well as damaging or destroying a sett or obstructing access to it.
- To willfully kill, injure, take, possess or cruelly ill-treat a badger, or to attempt to do so.
A badger sett is defined in the legislation as:
- ‘Any structure or place that displays signs indicating current use by a badger’.
The reader is referred to Natural England (revised December 2011) Badgers and Development, A Guide to Best Practice and Licensing.
What we do
One of our experienced ecological consultants will undertake a walkover badger survey to look for signs of badger usage. This will be completed prior to any development commencing which may harm badgers or disturb their setts.
Badger Licence and Mitigation
Should a badger sett be identified during the badger survey then Middlemarch Environmental can provide detailed sett status assessment/monitoring to determine potential impacts and design appropriate mitigation.
Works that impact badger setts will require a licence from the relevant Statutory National Government Organisation and Middlemarch Environmental has a proven track record of successful licence application and implementation.
In addition to badger surveys, Middlemarch Environmental has extensive experience of providing cost-effective ecological solutions for all aspects of badger assessment and mitigation and can also provide the following services:
- Estimation of territory sizes utilizing bait marking.
- Advising on how to incorporate badgers into development.
- Sett closure.
- Design and construction of artificial setts.
- Design and installation of badger fencing and road underpasses.
- Habitat enhancement and creation of wildlife corridors.