Reducing Red Tape for Badger Sett Closures
Cornwall Environmental Consultants (CEC) Ltd, is thrilled to confirm that Principal Ecologist, Jenny Stuart, has become a Registered User of Natural England’s Badger Class Licence. Through a process of ‘Earned Recognition’, promoted by the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), consultant ecologists can become registered to use this licence by showing that they meet a set of rigorous criteria set by Natural England.
This new licence was introduced by Natural England earlier in 2017 to streamline the process of closing a badger sett on a development site. Previously, to process the application and the paperwork required would typically take over a month. This new ‘streamlined’ licence can be turned around by Natural England within a week, ultimately saving time and money.
Jenny Stuart says;
“I’m delighted to be able to provide this service to our clients, both existing and new. We know the delays they can face with their projects can be frustrating, but they want to do the right thing to protect wildlife and not break the law. This new Badger Class Licence puts CEC in the best position to help our clients reduce delays and allow the project to run smoothly without any disturbance to a protected species.”
Badgers and their setts are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 and the new licence does not affect this protection. It simply changes the administration side of the process and the usual seasonal restrictions on sett closure, and requirement in some cases for the provision of artificial setts, will still apply.
Phil Hills, CEC’s Manager says;
“Only the most experienced and specialised people were asked by Natural England to apply for this new type of licence, so it’s fantastic news that one of our team now has this under their belt and shows why CEC is a market leader.”
Please contact Jenny if you would like more information about how CEC can help with your badger survey needs.
(Photo credit Geoffrey Jones)