AAe’s ecologists provide support on projects where the presence of badgers may need to be taken into consideration and advise on guidance and practical solutions to ensure the scheme does not contravene current legislation protecting badgers and their setts (Protection of Badgers Act 1992). Services include:
- Badger surveys – to establish whether badgers may or may not be active on the site, or immediate surrounding area;
- Bait marking – to help establish and provide clear information on the location of badger territories in the area;
- Applying for licences to close setts;
- Badger mitigation – including the complete supervision of excluding badgers from setts (under licence), construction of artificial setts and habitat enhancement.
AAe work with Natural England and the Local Authority in the Client’s interest to provide a workable solution and suitable mitigation for the project.