An Extended Phase 1 survey can determine whether more detailed badger surveys are required. Badger surveys are required if there are signs of badgers or badger setts (tunnels and chambers where they live) within 30m of a development site, if there are records of badger activity in the area or suitable habitat for sett building. Surveys should be carried out an early stage in the development process to prevent delays and save money.
Badgers and their setts are fully protected under the Badger Protection Act 1992 and it is an offence to kill, injure, capture or disturb them. It is also unlawful to damage or interfere with an actively used badger sett unless a licence is obtained.
Our badger specialists can carry out a comprehensive range of surveys for badgers. We provide detailed advice on conservation and protection and can design and implement suitable mitigation measures. A licence is required from Natural Resources Wales if an active badger sett is found on a development site. We can offer artificial badger sett construction and full sett closures under licence. Our specialists provide expert guidance and have considerable experience and knowledge in this field.