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13 November 2000
NOVEMBER DEADLINE FOR BADGER ISSUES
English Nature has issued a reminder that any problems involving the location of badger setts need to be resolved before the end of November.
The badger is not a rare or threatened species, however badgers and their setts have legal protection as they have been a persecuted animal. One of English Nature's roles in relation to them is to grant licences to undertake works which may involve the interference or disturbance of a sett for the purpose of development. However, English Nature will only issue a licence to close a sett if they are satisfied that there is an alternative sett which the badgers can be attracted to which is also within their territory. It is not legally possible for English Nature to grant licences to capture and move the badgers.
The licensing period expires at the end of November and there is a 'closed' season on works being carried out which disturb badger setts until July.
For one developemnt at Priddy's Hard near Gosport time has run out for the relocation of a sett that is holding up a major house building project.
The sett in question is located in part of a disused railway cutting which is needed for road access. Talks have been taking place between developers, the Ministry of Defence and the local badger group. The Ministry of Defence has an alternative site for the badgers, but the badger group and English Nature believe that the badgers will not reach this site by themselves as many obstacles, such as roads and fencing stand in their way. This site may also be outside their existing territory.
English Nature spokeswoman Jos Ramsay says "In the case of Priddy's Hard the requirements of the badgers were not fully considered at the outset which has resulted in the developement scheme being delayed, the MOD site is too far away and the legislation does not allow us to issue a licence to capture and move them.
For Further information contact: Jo Ramsay, English Nature - Tel: 023 8028 3944
East Hampshire Badger Group - Tel: 01420 87366
or Chris Hawthorne, Forum - Tel: 01962 877833
Notes to editors: The Badgers Act 1992 is the legislation which governs English Nature's limited powers in this situation.
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