Badger Surveys: Site Survey

What is a Badger Survey?

Badger surveys are a method for establishing whether there is a population of badgers using the site and, if so, how they are using it.

The survey technique relies upon field signs such as setts, trails, latrines, foraging signs, accesses beneath fences and hedges, or badger hairs. The survey requires skill and experience to confidently identify these signs, and avoid confusion with the signs left by other species such as foxes and rabbits. A detailed survey can support a robust assessment of how badgers are using a site, the relative importance of different resources on the site, and what this might mean for your project.

We also have the capacity to employ new technology such as infra-red trail cameras which provide an efficient and cost-effective way of remotely monitoring trails or setts to better understand how and if badger populations are using a site.

 

How can LSC help?

Our Ecologists have extensive experience in undertaking badger surveys over a wide range of habitats and schemes, from arable fields for multi-phase housing schemes to woodland surveys to support major national infrastructure works. We can draw upon this experience to provide robust baseline survey results for your site to provide the information you need to support Planning. Our team can assist with advice on avoidance or compensation/mitigation habitat, as well as licence applications for sett closures where required.

Our surveys are completed to the Best Practice Guidelines outlined by Naural England and the Badger Trust, and our reports consistently provide the information required by our clients to secure Planning Permission.

 A "still" taken from a trail-camera video of a badger leaving an outlier sett, thus demonstrating that the sett was currently in active use by the clan.

A "still" taken from a trail-camera video of a badger leaving an outlier sett, thus demonstrating that the sett was currently in active use by the clan.


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