Guidance

Woodland capital grants 2015: badger gate (FG14)

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the badger gate capital item.

Foresters and other land managers can apply for woodland capital grants.

Read the accompanying guidance to find out more about Countryside Stewardship woodland capital grants 2015.

How much will be paid

£135 per gate.

Where the item is available

This item can only be used on currently used badger routes restricted by a new fence line.

When this item can’t be used

It can’t be used on:

  • existing fence lines

  • newly erected fences that enclose wet grasslands for breeding waders

Requirements

On the land

Successful applicants will need to construct the badger gate to the following dimensions:

  • flap - 250mm by 200mm by 40mm

  • lintel - 285mm by 40mm by 40mm

  • floor block - 205mm by 40mm by 40mm

  • uprights (there must be two of these) - 450mm by 40mm by 40mm

To construct the gate:

  • use wood treated with a non-toxic, low odour, preservative product

  • make sure not to leave any nails or rough sawn edges exposed

  • sink the frame into the ground until the floor block sits at ground level

  • fit the gate frame and floor block into the fence, stapling the wire to the wooden frame

  • allow a period for the badgers to use the gate and then fit the wooden flap, holding it at the top on a pivot, so it can open and close freely both ways

  • alternatively, 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

Keeping records

Successful applicants will need to keep:

  • geotagged photographs of the area before and after completion of the work (these will need to be submitted with any claim)

  • any receipted invoices and bank statements related to the work (these must be shown on request)

How to carry out this item

The following section gives advice on carrying out this item successfully but the advice is not compulsory.

How to choose a site

Before putting up the fence, successful applicants should check the proposed fence line for badger runs or paths. The runs are most clearly seen during the spring, when badger activity is high and vegetation isn’t at full height. Well-used paths will often be distinct and relatively clear of vegetation because of repeated trampling.

Before installing the gate

Before installing the badger gate, make sure to:

  • 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

The gate should be installed in the gap once badgers have become used to the fence.  

How to maintain the gate

Check the gate regularly to make sure it doesn’t become blocked or fall into disrepair.

The following items and supplements can be used on the same area as this item:

Further information

Find out how to avoid harming badgers and whether a licence is needed.

Published 17 February 2015