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Devising a procedure to be followed when badgers have to be removed from a sett - VC0307

Description
VC0307. Devizing a procedure to be followed when badgers have to be removed from a sett.

This study will monitor the behaviour of a group of badgers that have been relocated to a new site and utilize the information gained to formulate preliminary criteria and guidelines to be followed in future translocation excercises involving badgers. The intention is to establish an artificial sett in a suitable habitat at the new location. After translocation, badgers will be confined for a period of 4--6 weeks to the area of the artificial sett and their emergence and feeding behaviour will be monitored using radio transmitters. Following this captive phase, badgers will then be allowed complete freedom at the new sett location; their nocturnal movements and ranging behaviour will be intensively monitored. Results will aid in understanding of the consequences of badger translocation and will enhance understanding of sociality in this species. Preliminary recommendations will be drawn up and implemented in future translocations.
Objective
To monitor the behaviour of a group of badgers to be translocated from their present location in urban Bexhill to a new location. A potential site in rural Suffolk is currently being evaluated. Monitoring will be carried out for at least 7 months post-translocation. Information will be gathered on individual badger movements and ranging behaviour, feeding habits, mortality subsequent to translocation, social interactions within the group and between members of the group and any resident badgers around the new location. To utilise this information in formulating preliminary criteria and guidelines to be followed in future translocation exercises involving badgers.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1993

To: 1995

Cost: £35,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
ADAS UK Ltd., Central Science Laboratory
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Fields of Study
Wildlife Management