Practecology granted badger licence for all works
26th October 2017
Practecology has been awarded an SNH badger licence to allow it to disturb and interfere with badger setts for the purposes of development, preventing serious damage to property and forestry operations.
Sett Exclusion and Demolition
One of Practecology’s main areas of expertise is the exclusion and closure of badger setts. Following on from our success during the AWPR development, Practecology has now ensured the well-being of badgers during the exclusion and subsequent demolition of approximately 108 setts. These range from large, main setts with numerous entrances, through annexes and subsidiary’s to small single hole outlier setts.
Success of course is not measured in the number of exclusions but by ensuring the absence of badgers when sett demolition begins. If badgers are not absent when works starts then not only could it lead to project delays but, more importantly, there would be a risk of injury to badgers.
As no works are allowed to most setts between the 30th November and 1st July, it is important that Clients allow sufficient time for exclusions to be put in place and for monitoring to be carried out before sett excavation. The need for a comprehensive badger protection plan, bait marking surveys, the advanced construction of artificial setts should also be considered many months ahead of any sett exclusion.
Artificial sett construction
Whilst it is unfortunate that badgers have to endure the upheaval of moving out of their sett they are sometimes compensated by the construction of new artificial setts. These structures attempt to replicate the below ground conditions of badger setts and include chambers where badgers can sleep and/or raise young. The tunnels which link these chambers are designed to avoid water-logging and to maintain adequate airflow through the sett. In most cases artificial setts include opportunities for badgers to extend the sett further by incorporating blind ended tunnels into the design (i.e. tunnels which intentionally do not terminate at chambers).
Consultation and Advice
Not only is Practecology able to undertake sett exclusion and demolition but we also have experience in the design and build of artificial setts. We have been able to advise Clients on the practicalities of installing setts and some of the risks which need to be designed out prior to going to site.
If your project has issues with badgers then please do not hesitate to contact us by email or telephone.