Badger Surveys and Services

Why do I need a badger survey?

Badgers have a history of persecution which initially led to the Protection of Badgers Act which, along with cruelty, outlaws the injuring and killing of badgers and the disturbance of their setts. Where a development proposal may impact upon badgers, an assessment is likely to be required to support a successful Planning Application.


How can LSC help?

Our team are experienced in undertaking surveys for badgers in a wide range of different habitats in the UK. If commissioned to undertake a Phase 1 and Protected Species Scoping Survey, we would use this opportunity to assess the potential of your site to support badgers. We take into account a range of factors such as habitats present, their management and condition, the proximity to suitable sett and foraging habitat, and the location of the site in the landscape.

Where an initial survey indicates badgers might be present, the next step is to undertake a presence/absence survey to search for field signs, particularly foraging signs, setts or latrines. If badgers are confirmed, we would provide advice and guidance on how to avoid or minimise impacts to these species in the first instance. Where this is not possible, we would help to design and undertake a mitigation strategy and apply for a licence in order to protect the population both during construction and in the long term. This allows your project to move forwards whilst ensuring that your contractors stay on the right side of the law.

Find out more about the different types of survey below, or contact us for advice on which surveys you would need to support your project.

Habitat Suitability Assessments

The baseline survey to assess whether suitable habitat for badgers exists on site.

Licence Applications

Applications for European Protected Species Mitigation Licence (EPSML).

Habitat Creation and Design

Design of replacement or enhancement habitat for badgers.

Badger Surveys

A survey designed to identify signs and usage of a site by badgers.

Sett Closure

Licensed closure of a sett to ensure the continued safety and welfare of badgers.

Site Supervision

Supervision of works on site to ensure legislative compliance of your project.


Bait Marking Surveys

An advanced survey technique to establish the use of a site by multiple clans of badgers.

Artificial Sett Creation

The creation of an alternative artificial sett to replace a closed main sett


Contact our experienced Ecologists for advice with badgers.