Badgers and their setts are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. This legislation is welfare based rather than conservation based, to prevent intentionally cruelty, such as baiting. The Act allows for working with badgers, often under licence, when they are affected by development or are causing damage to things, such as utilities, property or archaeological features.
When planning a development, the potential presence of badgers in, or in the vicinity of, the works area needs to be considered. ADAS can provide badger surveys conducted by experienced and qualified ecologists. If it is determined that badger setts are likely to be impacted by the works, and these impacts are unavoidable, setts may need to be closed under licence. A licence will be required from the applicable Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation (SNCO) e.g. Natural England. Once this is received, the setts can be fitted with one-way gates and the badgers excluded. Exclusion can be conducted between the start of July and the end of November.
Mitigation and compensation for impacts on badgers can include tunnels beneath roads within the development, burial of Badger-proof barriers and/or the creation of artificial setts. ADAS can provide detailed advice and even construction activities in respect of artificial setts.
If you would like to discuss any aspects of badger ecology or mitigation with our ADAS ecology consultants do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org