Charities unite to celebrate badgers during Scottish Badger Week

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Photo: Colin Smyth MSP, Species Champion for the badger, joins representatives from Scottish Badgers and Scottish Wildlife Trust to launch Scottish Badger Week and Scotland's new badger hub at Scottish Wildlife Trust's Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve and Visitor Centre near New Lanark.

Two conservation charities have joined forces to help celebrate and conserve Scotland’s badgers.

Scottish Badgers and the Scottish Wildlife Trust have launched Scottish Badger Week, which runs between 20 and 28 May and aims to offer a range of opportunities to learn about and get involved in protecting this iconic and much-loved species.

The charities have also created a hub for badger conservation at Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve near New Lanark, which will act as a base for volunteering and training events.

Photo: Colin Smyth MSP, Species Champion for the badger, plus representatives from Scottish Badgers and Scottish Wildlife Trust at the new badger mural at Scottish Wildlife Trust's Falls of Clyde reserve near New Lanark.

Lyndsay Mark, Visitor Experience Manager, Scottish Wildlife Trust said:

The peaceful ancient woodland at Falls of Clyde is a perfect habitat for badgers and a great place to view them and teach people how to spot signs of badger activity. 

We’re excited to be celebrating the first-ever Scottish Badger Week with Scottish Badgers, and we hope that creating a new hub for badger conservation at our visitor centre will encourage more people to get involved in working to protect them.

Photo: Colin Smyth MSP, Species Champion for the badger, viewing badger setts and field signs with representatives from Scottish Badgers and Scottish Wildlife Trust at Scottish Wildlife Trust's Falls of Clyde reserve.

Eddie Palmer, Chairman, Scottish Badgers said: 

The Trustees of Scottish Badgers greatly welcome the new partnership at Falls of Clyde with the Scottish Wildlife Trust. The promotion of new ways of working with volunteers is essential to any continuing protection of our wildlife and environment in Scotland.

We’re also acutely aware that the welfare of any species is dependent upon there being true biodiversity in our country, and co-operative working between all parties is necessary to bind actions together. Therefore, we are very pleased to be part of the activity at one of the premier wildlife reserves in Scotland.

The new partnership was welcomed by Colin Smyth, MSP for South Scotland and Species Champion for Badgers at the launch of Scottish Badger Week, held today (19 May 2017) at Falls of Clyde reserve. He said:

Badgers are an important part of Scotland’s biodiversity and landscape but regrettably they remain under threat from persecution, habitat loss and road deaths. I’m delighted to see the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Scottish Badgers working in partnership to get more people involved in the conservation of these special creatures.

Photo: Representatives from Scottish Badgers and Scottish Wildlife Trust introduce Colin Smyth MSP to the work of the new partnership.

Scottish Badger Week runs from Saturday 20 May – Sunday 28 May. A number of events are taking place at Falls of Clyde including the first ever badger watch streamed live on Facebook and drop-in sessions for people to find out how they can get involved.

For more information about Scottish Badger Week, see our dedicated page.

Six facts about badgers to mark Scottish Badger Week

  • Badgers need to eat 200 earthworms every day to maintain a healthy weight
  • The Gaelic word for a badger sett is ‘Broclach’ and for the badger is ‘Broc’
  • Males are called boars, females are sows and young are cubs
  • There are around 34,000 badgers in Scotland
  • They can be found in a wide range of habitats including moorlands, woodlands and urban areas
  • While Scotland’s badgers are not subject to culling, they remain under threat from illegal persecution, habitat loss and being killed on the road

Notes to Editors

About Scottish Badgers:

  • The charity was formed in 1999 by the amalgamation of various badger groups in Scotland, brought together by invitation of the Scottish Government, keen to see a concerted effort in badger conservation.
  • It exists to educate the public, offer training to both its own members, and other organisations, and work for adequate law enforcement.
  • Advice and guidance is given to statutory organisations, private companies, the Police, and ecologists.
  • 'Badgers in the Landscape – Community Building for Wildlife Conservation’ is Scottish Badgers’ flagship community engagement project. Based in South Lanarkshire and supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project aims to protect South Lanarkshire's badgers, their setts and natural habitats through community action. The project offers lots of exciting ways to get involved including flexible volunteering opportunities, training, sett monitoring, badger surveys & watches, wildlife crime workshops and more.

About the Scottish Wildlife Trust:

  • The Scottish Wildlife Trust is Scotland’s leading nature conservation charity, representing over 40,000 members who care for wildlife and the natural environment.
  • For over 50 years, the Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas.
  • The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities.
  • The Trust manages a network of 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.
  • The Trust receives financial assistance and support from a range of organisations, funders and individuals including Scottish Natural Heritage and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund:

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  www.hlf.org.uk  Follow us on HLFScotland and twitter @HLFScotland

Contacts:

For issues related to badger crime, legislation, planning, mitigation, data searches and to log badger records:

Available between 09:00 and 17:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ONLY

Species Protection Co-ordinator

T: 07866 844232

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For matters relating to our Badgers in the Landscape - Community Building for Wildlife project:

Project Officer

T: 07565 813401

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For training, web presence and general enquiries:

T: 07376 636341 or 07792 142446

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Sponsors:

Scottish Badgers (SCIO) Charity Number SCO34297.