Badger Services - Sett Closure

What is Sett Closure for Badgers?

UK legislation protects badgers from killing and injuring, and their setts from disturbance or destruction. If your site has a badger sett, which is likely to be impacted by site clearance and development proposals, it may be necessary for an Ecologist to close the sett in order to ensure the safety of the badgers. There are time restrictions on this activity, to ensure that badgers with dependent cubs are not evicted from their setts, and this must always be undertaken under a Natural England Licence.

Sett closure involves the use of a one-way gate, installed over the sett entrance, which allows any badgers inside the sett to escape safely but which prevents badgers from re-entering the sett. This is usually left in place for three weeks to ensure all badgers are escaped and monitoring is undertaken during this period. At the end of the three week period, the setts is dug out under the supervision of an Ecologist to confirm that there are no badgers present. This means that your site can be cleared with confidence that your contractors are working within the law to avoid killing or injuring badgers.

 

How can LSC help?

We have a good track record of undertaking sett closure operations in a range of sett sizes and in different habitats. We provide a holistic service, including the provision and installation of one-way gates, the monitoring of the sett during the closure period, and the supervision of sett removal at the end of works. We would bring this experience to your site, to ensure that your works can take place as quickly and effectively as possible whilst ensuring that badgers are protected from harm.

 

 An one-way gate over the entrance to a badger sett to ensure that any badgers inside can escape, but no badgers can re-enter the sett.

An one-way gate over the entrance to a badger sett to ensure that any badgers inside can escape, but no badgers can re-enter the sett.


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