Well, it’s not uncommon especially if you are demolishing a building, cutting down a hedgerow, or disrupting a habitat that badgers may use as a sett or foraging.
Badgers are protected by law, under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, in addition to protection under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 (as amended).
If a habitat shows potential for badgers on a development site, our fully licensed ecology consultants will be able to advise on the best badger survey solutions.
At this point, we’d like to give you some good news. Badgers almost never stop your development.
But what is the badger survey and mitigation process? Firstly, the need for badger surveys will generally be identified at the time of a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal also know as a Habitat Walkover or Phase 1 Survey.
If the potential for badgers is shown, then the camera trap and bait marking badger surveys may need to be completed. These badger surveys need to show how many badgers are present in the area, how they use the site, and whether they have an active sett on site.
If protected species are detected, then a mitigation plan is designed to show how you’ll avoid, reduce, or manage any negative effects on them. Working with your ecologist you need to decide which methods are right for the project you’re working on.
A mitigation licence from Natural England may be required. However, usually, we are able to work to a Reasonable Avoidance Measure (RAM) to keep the process cost-effective and quick.