Subsequently to new information provided by the Shropshire Badger Group, the Applicant has submitted a preliminary badger survey within the revised ecology report.
The Survey finds ‘2 newly occupied seasonal subsidiary setts in Betton Brook, a recently occupied outlying sett and a long established main sett with several entrance holes.’
This is significant as the first ecology report, written by the same ecologists, stated that:- ”No badger setts were observed either on the site or within 50m of the site’s perimeter and no field signs that could be attributed to badgers were observed on the site”. Craig Emms and Linda Barnett.
The Survey recommends that a 15m exclusion zone, to be placed around the entrance hole to the subsidiary badger setts, is sufficient. Also two more surveys before work commences. However, no recommendations are made about protecting the main active badger setts which are located VERY close to the site boundary.
Badgers and their setts are protected under Protection of Badgers Act 1992.
PLEASE REFER TO THESE POINTS IN YOUR NEW OBJECTION