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Badgers, Meles meles, are widespread throughout Britain and are legally protected by the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 because of animal welfare issues. This means that it is illegal to injure or kill a Badger or interfere with a Badger sett.
A Badger survey undertaken by the Wildlife Survey unit would follow best practice guidance by undertaking the following:
The Wildlife Survey Unit also undertakes bait-marking studies to identify territory size, and relationships between setts. This survey involves feeding different clans of Badgers food containing different coloured plastic pellets, by then examining the latrines for plastic pellets evidence can be found linking setts or foraging areas with particular clans. The plastic pellets cause no harm to the Badgers.
The Wildlife Survey Unit are also experienced in the creation of artificial setts as a means of mitigation, the creation of badger road tunnels to prevent road casualties and the licensed exclusion of existing setts.
The company undertakes camera trapping which is critical in identifying the use of a sett and therefore the legal protection it receives. The video below shows a typical output of a camera trapping exercise, showing a hole that was not showing obvious signs of current use but had sporadic use by Badgers using it as an outlier sett.