Badger Presence/Absence Surveys

Badger Territory Size Surveys

Badger Mitigation Schemes

Detailed Assessments and reports to support Planning Applications



Badgers are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. Under the Act it is an offence to wilfully kill, injure or take, or attempt to kill, injure or take, a badger. It is also an offence to damage, destroy or obstruct access to a badger sett.


Deciduous woodland, farmland and some large urban gardens and coastal cliffs.


Badgers are afforded full legal protection in the UK. As a result, some development activities may require a specific licence, as well as the provision of mitigation if badgers are present on, or even adjacent a proposed development site. These can be lengthy processes and in some instances mitigation can only take place between July and November. Therefore, early detection of badgers can prevent any delays to a development program. Given the highly mobile nature of badgers, it is important to make sure survey work is kept up to date, with no lengthy delays between survey and site development.

survey timings

Badger surveys can be conducted at any time of year. However, to increase the probability of detecting field signs the optimal time for conducting badger surveys is when vegetation lacks foliage, so the autumn and winter months can be an ideal time to survey a site.

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For more information on Badger Surveys, or to discuss a specific project, contact our office on 0845 463 4404.

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