Consultant ecologists providing wildlife surveys, phase 1 habitat surveys & other ecological studies across Southern England & Wales

Badger Surveys

Badgers are nationally protected, but have a healthy population and distribution across the country. The basic survey for Badgers involves a search for field signs (such as dung pits, hairs, tracks and setts) within the proposed site, and up to 30m beyond its boundary.

If Badger setts are found there are a number of additional surveys that may be required such as stick and sand surveys to determine what species is using a burrow and how often it is used, bait marking to determine family groups and meta-populations and torch surveys to determine precise numbers and foraging areas. Licences to disturb or close a Badger sett are generally only allowed between July and November. As well as applying for such licences we also design methodologies to avoid the need for licencing.

View some examples of our Badger Survey projects >

If you have any questions or would like more information on the above, please call Principal Ecologist Mark Satinet on 01993 864 958 or email

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