Environmental Management System
Protected Species Surveys
Habitat Surveys
Habitat Creation and Management
Licensing and Mitigation
Expert Witness

Penalties for offences include fines of up to £5000, plus up to six months imprisonment, for each illegal sett interference, badger injury or death.

If evidence of badgers is found on site after works have started all work in the area must cease immediately and an ecologist appointed to liase with the relevant statutory bodies.
Works may have to be delayed until mitigation can be carried out at the appropriate time of year.
An Extended Phase 1 Habitat survey in the planning stages of your project will indicate the presence of badgers on your site.

Badger Surveys

Badgers and their setts are protected under the Badgers Act 1992 (as amended). The act effectively makes it an offence to:

• kill or injure a badger
• interfere with a badger sett that shows signs of current use by badgers

The law is intended to prevent cruelty to badgers and is not intended as a measure to prevent development.

The presence of protected species is a material consideration when a planning authority is considering a development proposal. The presence of protected species and the affect of the proposed development must be established before planning permission can be granted.

As a guide badger surveys should be carried out when:

• Development proposals affecting woodland, or field hedgerows and/or lines of trees with obvious connectivity to woodland or suitable foraging habitat
• Development proposals affecting derelict land (brownfield sites), allotments and railway land and gardens
• Proposed development affecting any location where protected species are known to be present

Development has the potential to impact on badgers even if a sett is located outside of the development area. Badger setts within 30m of a development must also be taken into consideration.

How are Badger Surveys Conducted?
Badger Surveys can be carried out at any time of the year, although the summer months can present problems as deep vegetation can prevent access to areas which could potentially be used by badgers. An initial assessment of the site and surrounding area will be carried out looking for the sett entrances, badger tracks, badger latrines and other field signs of badgers such as hairs and feeding remains. This is included as part of an Extended Phase 1 habitat survey. If badgers are found then further survey work to establish the extent of the territory and number of badgers present may need to be carried out.

Case Studies

Phase 2a for High Speed 2 (HS2)

December 2016
Site: Phase 2a for High Speed 2 (HS2) - from the West Midlands to Crewe Client: Biocensus c/o Arup ##Project overview In spring 2016 UES were subcontracted ... more...

Protected species surveys in Lydney

August 2016
Site: Lydney, Gloucestershire Client: MMC Land and Regeneration ##Project overview UES were instructed to carry out ecological surveys on a former golf cours... more...

Badger survey in Worcestershire

April 2015
Site: Evesham County Park, Worcestershire Client: Eagle One Country Shopping Ltd Protected species: Badgers ##Project overview UES carried out a preliminar... more...

Bat survey in Wilmslow, Cheshire

March 2012
UES have completed a bat survey and habitat survey of a property in Wilmslow, Cheshire. Bat surveys of the buildings on site consisting of initial building ins... more...

Phase 1 Habitat Survey in Winchester

November 2011
UES recently completed an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of an old mill in Winchester. An Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey involves mapping the habitats on the ... more...

Bats and badgers in Buckinghamshire

November 2011
UES conducted a full bat survey of a barn in Marlow, Buckinghamshire in September 2011. Our client plans to change the use of the barn from agricultural to a dw... more...

Extended phase 1 habitat survey in Deeside

August 2011
UES have completed an extended phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Deeside, North Wales in order to inform the client of any potential impacts their development... more...

Great crested newt trapping scheme

November 2010
Project summary In 2008/09, UES were instructed to conduct a Great Crested Newt (GCN) mitigation scheme for Augean PLC at Slipe Clay pits in King’s Cliffe, n... more...

Ecological surveys and advice in Congleton

October 2010
In August 2010, United Utilities and their associated agents The Vinden Partnership applied for planning permission for slope stabilisation works adjacent the ... more...

Ecological Surveys near Nantwich in Cheshire

October 2010
United Environmental Services were commissioned to carry out an Extended Phase 1 Habitat survey, bat surveys, barn owl surveys and to provide advice on any grea... more...

Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey Flintshire

May 2010
United Environmental Services have completed an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of a site near the town of Flint in North Wales. The site has been a dis-used br... more...

Extended Phase 1 habitat Survey Crewe

May 2010
United Environmental Services were commissioned to carry out an Extended Phase 1 habitat survey of a farm building and its surrounding habitat Close to Hartingt... more...