Badger Surveys across Surrey, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire

Current Status and why they are protected

Badgers and their setts are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) and Appendix II of the Bern Convention. It is illegal to damage, destroy or obstruct badger setts.

Darwin Ecology Badger Services:

  • Detailed badger surveys and bait marking strategies
  • Mitigation design
  • Licence applications
  • Artificial sett construction
  • Installation of badger fencing and tunnels

Badger Surveys

Badger surveys can be undertaken at any time of the year, with optimal periods between winter and spring. Use the calendar above to plan your works.

Surveys usually involve searching for sett entrances, latrines, hairs and badger paths.

If developments are likely to have a negative impact on badgers and their setts, a bait survey may be required to establish the extent of their territory and facilitate an appropriate mitigation and compensation strategy.


Mitigation a development is likely to negatively impact badgers or their setts, appropriate mitigation will need to be put in place. Developers must demonstrate to planning authorities that the badgers will be adequately protected during the development and aim to ensure setts will be retained if possible.

When setts cannot be retained, badgers must be excluded under a license from July-November. Other mitigation for badgers can include the creation of artificial badger setts, retention or creation of suitable foraging habitat and the installation of fences and tunnels.


Licenses are required when works will occur at or near a badger sett showing clear signs of current use, and the badger sett is scheduled to be damaged or destroyed. Licenses are also required if there will be high noise levels or ground disturbance in close proximity to the sett. In England survey licenses are issued by Natural England

Southern Office - Farnham, Surrey

Helen Cavilla
01252 413 221
07701 370 762

Laura Ashford
01252 413 221
07525 134 803

South West Office - Shaftesbury

Michael Cummings
01252 413 221
07748 843 842
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