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The Badger, Meles meles, is one of the largest mammals in the UK yet due to their nocturnal habits they are one of the least seen and understood.

Badgers are members of the Weasel family called the Mustelidae.  The family is typified by having long bodies and short legs.  The badger is easily identified (when seen!) by their distinctive black and white striped head and grey body.  Males, known as boars, can be up to 17kgs in weight, although 10kgs is more normal, and around 80cm in length.  Females, or sows, are slightly smaller.

 The badger is afforded legal protection under Schedule 6 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Protection of Badgers Act 1992.  It is illegal to willfully kill, injure or take any badger or attempt to do so.  It is also an offence to dig for a badger and it is illegal to intentionally or recklessly damage, destroy or obstruct access to any part of a badger sett, to cause a dog to enter one or disturb a badger whilst it is occupying a sett.  For further information on legislation relating to the protection of badgers refer to your statutory nature conservation organisation i.e. Natural England, Countryside Council for Wales and Scottish National Heritage.

Whilst no license is required to survey a badger sett, a suitably qualified and experienced person should carry out the survey to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation.

Hall Ecology is experienced in providing badger surveys and applying for mitigation licenses in order to facilitate development projects.

Further information on badgers can be found from The Badger Trust and further information on badgers and development can be found from Natural England.

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