Badgers and Development

Although it is clear that, over the past few years, the rate of building and expansion of towns and cities in Scotland has slowed down, there are still regular problems which are encountered when badgers and development come into conflict. In many cases, with judicious planning, and early engagement with stakeholders, these problems should not be insurmountable.

No matter if you are building houses, factories, roads, wind farms or carrying out agricultural or forestry operations, if a badger sett is causing problems, then advice is available on how to deal with it. It is not possible to give general advice, as what may be valid in one set of circumstance may not apply in another. In almost all cases resolutions can be found to reduce the impact and allow development or other lawful operations to take place. Many of the issues surrounding badgers and badger setts relate to the welfare of the animals and the sustainability of any particular social group of badgers. Well thought-out and planned mitigation, linked with badger protection plans, can prevent delays and reduce any financial implications.

In the first instance seek advice from your local planning or SNH office.

Contacts:

For issues related to badger crime, legislation, planning, mitigation, data searches and to log badger records:

Available between 09:00 and 17:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ONLY

Species Protection Co-ordinator

T: 07866 844232

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For matters relating to our Badgers in the Landscape - Community Building for Wildlife project:

Project Officer

T: 07565 813401

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For training, web presence and general enquiries:

T: 07376 636341 or 07792 142446

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Sponsors:

Scottish Badgers (SCIO) Charity Number SCO34297.