Minerals - Badger sett closure
Freemans Quarry, Bristol, North Somerset
In order to implement Mineral Planning Consents at CEMEX UK Operations Ltd’s Freemans Quarry it was necessary to exclude badgers from a seasonally occupied subsidiary sett.
In order to ensure the true status of badgers was ascertained, AEcol performed detailed surveys of the badger sett, including assessments of other setts in the wider locale.
Having gathered sufficient data to inform a reasoned appraisal, we concluded the sett was a seasonally occupied ‘subsidiary sett’.
As badgers and their occupied setts are legally protected, we sought and were granted a licence from Natural England to legally close the sett.
In order to cause the badgers the least amount of distress, CEMEX timed the sett closure to coincide with the period when the badgers were least likely to be present.
AEcol then performed the closure using accepted best-practice methods and equipment, comprising vegetation reduction, partially buried and pegged chain-link mesh and steel ‘one-way’ badger gates.
The sett is now closed and soil stripping will be allowed to continue without out delay.
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