It is available for Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier, Higher Tier, Woodland Creation and Capital Grants but only on badger routes that are in use at the moment, and are restricted by a new fence line which is being funded through Countryside Stewardship.
Where this item cannot be used
In existing fence lines
In newly erected fences supporting wet grasslands for breeding waders
How this item will benefit the environment
As badgers can pass freely through the fence this item reduces the damage they cause to fence lines (which were themselves installed to benefit habitats through appropriate grazing, and so on).
construct the badger gate to the following dimensions:
flap - 250 millimetres (mm) by 200mm by 40mm
lintel - 285mm by 40mm by 40mm
floor block - 205mm by 40mm by 40mm
two uprights - 450mm by 40mm by 40mm
use wood treated with a non-toxic, low odour, preservative product
make sure no nails or rough sawn edges are left exposed
fit the gate frame and floor block into the fence, stapling the wire to the wooden frame
sink the frame into the ground until the floor block sits at ground level
allow a period for the badgers to use the open gate, and then fit the wooden flap, holding it at the top on a pivot, so it can open and close freely both ways, or
fit the flap with the rest of the gate and hold it open with wire until the badgers start using the gate regularly
only use materials that meet the relevant British Standards - see copies of the most up-to-date standards for guidance
You must keep the following records and supply them with your payment claim:
photographs during and after work has been completed
You must keep the following records and supply them on request:
any consents or permissions connected with the work
receipted invoices or bank statements where a receipted invoice is unavailable
photographs of the existing site before work starts
Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this item
The following advice is helpful, but they are not requirements for this item.
How to choose a site
Before putting up a fence, check the proposed fence line carefully for badger runs or paths. Runs will be most clearly visible during the spring, when badger activity is high and vegetation is not at full height. Well-used paths will often be distinct and relatively clear of vegetation because of repeated trampling.
Before installing the gate
cut a gap in the netting approximately 200mm wide by 300mm high where the fence crosses a badger run
leave the gap open until badgers are regularly using it
cut extra holes in any places along the fence where damage occurs (for extra gates to be installed)
You should install the gate(s) in the gap(s) once badgers have become used to the fence.
How to maintain the gate
Check the gate regularly to make sure it does not become blocked or fall into disrepair.