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Individual study: Use of a remote camera to rapidly assess Eurasian badger Meles meles occupancy within a sett to be lost due to pipeline laying near Uppingham, Rutland, England

Published source details

Griffiths L. (2008) Use of a remote camera to rapidly assess Eurasian badger Meles meles occupancy within a sett to be lost due to pipeline laying near Uppingham, Rutland, England. Conservation Evidence, 5, 92-94

Summary

A remote controlled camera proved a practical solution to survey a single, one-entrance outlying badger Meles meles sett in late January (outside the normal licensing period for disturbing badger setts), which was found to be present on the route of a proposed water pipeline. Upon ascertaining that the sett was almost certainly unoccupied, the sett was immediately taken apart and filled in following strict guidelines specified under the terms of the Natural England licence (supervised by the relevant authority), to allow pipe-laying activities to continue. Once the pipeline is installed and construction completed, badgers will be able to re-colonise the same area of ground.