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.


Where do Badgers live?

Badgers reside in underground “setts” in mixed-sex communities. These are made up of a system of interconnecting tunnels and chambers. The social unit that resides in a single sett is known as a “clan”. Setts are most usually found in woodlands, coppses and hedgerows especially if near open arable land.

Why are Badgers protected?

Badgers are protected due to a history of prosecution for health concerns, sports and development concerns. The protection given to Badger prevents the intentional cruelty and/ or death or injury as a result of human activities. Badgers and their setts (tunnels and chambers where they live) are protected by law.

When can a Badger Survey be carried out?

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.

What happens if Badgers are present on my site?

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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