Where a development site contains badger setts, it may be necessary to undertake dedicated monitoring surveys.
Where badger setts are situated within development sites it is often necessary to determine the status of setts and the size of the resident badger group’s territory, which can be achieved through undertaking baitmarking surveys. This is particularly useful when applying to Natural England for licence applications to disturb/destroy a sett.
Badgers are protected from wilful killing or injury and their setts are protected from damage or destruction under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992.
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This is a good time to carry out nut searches for signs of dormice. Late September is also the end of the reptile season and bat survey seasons. We start compiling the majority of European Protected Species licence (EPSL) applications from this time onwards.
Please refer to our survey timetable for further information on surveys that can be undertaken this season.
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