Scottish Badgers attends 'The Future is Now' event at The Scottish Parliament

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We were delighted to be invited by Scottish Environment Link to attend 'The Future is Now' event at The Scottish Parliament yesterday, Wednesday 22nd February 2017. The event, sponsored by Jeremy Baflour MSP, was one of a series of events taking place at The Scottish Parliament this week to mark Scottish Environment Week 2017.

The focus of this event was to showcase the wonderful and varied youth education work taking place across Scotland at the minute. Various conservation organisations such as RSPB, Froglife, RZSS, WDCS and MCSUK attended to showcase their projects. 

We were there to highlight our upcoming youth education work as part of the Lottery-funded Badgers in the Landscape project, based in Lanarkshire. Along with skulls, prints and animal hairs to show MSPS how we go about locating and tracking mammals in the field, we were showcasing our trail camera project including footage of cubs and also our poetry project.

Project Officer Elaine Rainey said:

"Today has been a great opportunity to show MSPs the type of work we are doing in the field to encourage the next generation of nature enthusiasts. With our youth work, we try to focus on providing young people with fun, high quality wildlife experiences that they will grow up to remember fondly. If we can spark up that curiosity at a young age, then it can last a lifetime. We aim for varied approaches including the use of technology and poetry as well as more traditional outdoor learning. In this way, we hope to have something that every child can engage with and learn through."

We were pleased to speak with attending MSPs such as Andy Wightman, Alexander Burnett and Jeremy Balfour.

Scottish Environment Week events continue all week at The Scottish Parliament. For more information visit www.scotlink.org.

 

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.