Badger setts delay bridge work
2 June 2004
- BBC News
re-open Hutton Moor Bridge in Weston-super-Mare has been delayed
because of a badger sett. The bridge was initially shut following damage caused by a burst
water main. It was then discovered badgers were living on the south
side of the bridge.
All repair work was then halted. Ecologists also say nesting
birds in the area need to be protected.
Wildlife officials will inspect the site in another month before
they give it the all clear.
North Somerset Council had been trying to open the bridge but
Defra told the authority work could not start until the badgers had
left. One-way gates have been installed at the entrance to the sett
which will allow the badgers to move without any danger of them
The nesting birds will also have to be left undisturbed until the
young have fledged and flown the nests.
It is estimated the badgers will take about a month to move on,
when work will continue.
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