Badgers and their setts are legally protected, although this legislation is welfare-, rather than conservation-derived. As such, it is illegal to harm badgers or interfere with their setts. If you are planning works within the vicinity of a confirmed or potential sett, or in habitat that is suitable for badger setts to be present, it is worth contacting us for advice. You may need a badger survey and potentially also a derogation licence from the relevant statutory body prior to proceeding with the works.

Whilst there is no strict time constraint to badger surveys, it is best to avoid surveys during the coldest winter months when badgers are often less active, and during summer, when dense vegetation can obscure sett entrances. Early spring and late autumn are usually therefore the best survey times.

Contact us now with any ecology queries: Claire Munn, Principal Ecologist: