An experienced fieldsman will undertake a detailed survey of your land, identifying and mapping all badger activity. Details on each of the following will be recorded:
Badgers live in often conspicuous holes called ‘setts’. Most badger groups have a main sett then have other ‘outlying’ holes that are inhabited from time to time. We will record the number, location and activity of setts on your land.
Badgers often follow defined paths away from setts and across the land. These runs are often clear of vegetation and where crossing under fencing large tufts of distinctive black and white hair can often be found. Noting where badgers come on to your land from neighbouring ground is very important if you wish to vaccinate all the animals accessing your land.
Badgers have regular latrines they visit most nights. Dung pit activity can give a useful indication of the number of animals in an area, and also reveal what food sources are currently being exploited. Dung pits are also used by badgers from neighbouring groups to define social group boundaries.
Badgers have a very varied diet, utilising many food sources such as earthworm rich pasture, corn and maize fields, fruit orchards, and stored animal feed. Current patterns in their foraging habits can be identified, allowing us to identify badger movements.
This survey is best carried out in winter months, when ground vegetation is low and badger activity can be more easily identified. All hedgerows will be walked and areas of woodland swept by a team of surveyors. Additionally any farm buildings can be surveyed to identify where badgers can access housed cattle and feed stores.
Following the survey a detailed map and report discussing our findings and recommendations will be promptly compiled and sent to you.