Badgers are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act, 1992. Under this legislation, it is an offence to capture, injure or kill a badger, or disturb them in their setts. Active setts are also protected from obstruction and damage.
Badger survey work can be undertaken at any time of the year, although it is most effective in spring and early autumn / winter. For development proposals that may result in disturbance or destruction of a badger sett that would otherwise be illegal, it may be possible to proceed under a licence from Natural England, which would detail the mitigation strategy, including timing and process of works to ensure protection of the sett or population.
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February 2017: Verity Webster discusses conducting ecology surveys through the seasons... >>
December 2015: Verity Webster discusses badgers, badger setts and mitigation issues... >>
August 2015: Verity Webster discusses bats, buildings and bat surveys... >>
June 2015: Verity Webster discusses the Himalayan Balsam, a non-native Invasive Plant Species... >>