Summer sett surveying

Last Updated on 27 June 2022 by Badger

Sett surveying in warm weather is great fun.  Meeting up with friends, enjoying the great outdoors, and getting some exercise while doing something really worthwhile.  What could be better than summer sett surveying?

Summer sett surveying can, however, actually be more difficult than surveying in winter as dense vegetation can make runs, setts, and latrines more difficult to spot.  In summer, undergrowth can sometimes even be impossible to get through.

But it’s still a very worthwhile activity as it’s the last chance to survey before ‘intensive’ culling begins.

As long as you’re prepared, surveying can be fun and effective, at any time of the year.

We’ve pulled together some of our top tips for a productive day out in summer.

  • The great British weather can be very temperamental, so check the weather forecast before heading out and dress accordingly.  Dressing in layers will allow you to remove a layer if you get too hot.
  • Use a high SPF sunscreen and take it with you in case you need a top-up.
  • A lightweight hat can keep the sun off your head.
  • If you need sunglasses, take a cheap, but functional pair that will shield your eyes from UV.  Don’t risk your expensive Ray-Bans!
  • Take or wear lightweight waterproof clothing if rain’s a possibility.
  • Lightweight and easy to carry, a piece of old shower curtain gives an instant dry surface to sit on.
  • Nettle and/or insect sting spray can make life more comfortable should you get stung or bitten.
  • Invest in a dry bag or sack to keep your kit dry and dust-free.  These come in a range of sizes and many start at very low prices.  Failing that, a zip lock freezer bag will help keep your phone, notebook, and other bits and pieces protected from the elements.
  • Hand gel is a must as you won’t have access to soap and water.
  • Plasters and a small first aid kit to clean and protect minor wounds is always handy.
  • A cold drink and snack will keep you going if you’re planning to be out for a fairly long time.
  • Make sure your phone’s well charged before you head out.  A charged power bank slipped into a dry pack is great for extra assurance.
  • Maps on phones and tablets are great but can fail.  A paper map and compass are good to have as a backup.
  • In the car, a clean pair of shoes and socks are a welcome relief for muddy and/or wet feet.  They’ll also help to keep the car clean!

This list isn’t exhaustive but is a good starting point.  You also need to consider the more things you take with you, the more you have to carry around.  After a trip or two, you’ll figure out what works best for you.

Happy summer sett surveying!