If your site is likely to be home to badgers, your local planning authority may ask for a survey to take place before planning permission is granted. Our experienced team will fully support your planning application by finding out if badgers are present on site and provide the required reports to ensure a smooth, successful application.


These iconic animals are synonymous with the British countryside. Badger surveys aim to identify how badgers are using your land as well as the area surrounding it.

This is done via the use of on-site inspections to look for any fresh evidence, and a range of methods are employed to determine the use of any setts by badgers.

By carrying out these surveys we can ensure that any developments proceed in line with current UK good practice guidance and legislation.

Badger Survey

Badger surveys can be conducted throughout the year, although the optimum period is during the winter months when vegetation is at its lowest. We will assess your site and look for evidence of badger activity including setts, paths, hair and waste.

Badger Licensing

If a badger sett is found on your site, we will help you to apply for a licence as it is an offence to disturb or destroy a badger sett. We will also guide you through badger mitigation and compensation measures such as creating badger crossings and fencing if required.

Please refer to our Ecology Survey Calendar for further information on badger and other protected species surveys.

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Wharton undertook an initial bat survey which identified suitable areas for roosting bats and evidence of bat activity (droppings).



Wharton undertook a preliminary ecological appraisal, bat activity and emergence/return to roost surveys, and completed a shadow Habitat …

Wharton undertook an initial bat survey which identified suitable areas for roosting bats and evidence of bat activity (droppings).

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