Badger sett closure on Network Rail infrastructure

As part of Thomson Ecology’s framework agreement with Network Rail, and working in partnership with them, we carried out badger sett closures and exclusions on multiple sites across Network Rail infrastructure.

One of the sites, Rowlands Hall in Yorkshire, required an emergency badger sett closure, as the sett was undermining a main rail line. There was a significant risk of the line becoming damaged, due to subsidence or the collapse of the sett structure. Following extensive consultation with Natural England, we were granted an emergency licence for the closure of the sett, and were permitted to close the sett outside of the normal season.

As part of our works we

  • Surveyed and mapped out four separate badger setts
  • Cleared over 1400m2 of dense vegetation and trees to facilitate mitigation works
  • Supplied and installed over 70 metal one-way badger gates
  • Supplied and installed over 1400m2 of heavy-duty PVC chain-link mesh
  • Provided Safe Systems of Work packs for all work sites
  • Provided safety critical staff for all work sites including COSS and Lookouts where required

“As part of our national ecology framework, we approached Thomson Ecology to carry out various badger sett surveys and associated sett closures across our rail infrastructure. Time was of the essence for these works, as several of the setts were undermining active rail links, and without immediate action could have caused serious damage. Thomson Ecology & Thomson Habitats worked closely together to provide a turnkey approach, ensuring that all of the required sett closures were undertaken in line with our programme and to a high standard of quality and safety. I would not hesitate to use them on other projects.” Craig Marshall, Network Rail.

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