Badgers in the Landscape project - the launch in pictures

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On Tuesday 23rd August 2016, representatives from various organisations and community groups came together at Chatelherault Country Park to celebrate the launch of the Lottery-funded 'Badgers in the Landscape' project. Our special guests were Dr. Lisa Cameron MP and Christina McKelvie MSP. Here's an account of the event in pictures:

Official project launch photo at Chatelherault with Dr. Lisa Cameron MP, Christina McKelvie MSP and representatives from South Lanarkshire Council, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Police Scotland, Scottish Badgers and project volunteers.

Above: Official launch photo with Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Christina McKelvie MSP and representatives from South Lanarkshire Council, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Police Scotland, Scottish Badgers and project volunteers.

SB Chairman Eddie Palmer welcomes guests to the launchAbove: Scottish Badgers Chairman Eddie Palmer welcomes guests to the launch.

Project Officer Elaine Rainey outlines the aims of the project and the legacy we hope to leave in 2019.Above: Project Officer Elaine Rainey outlines the aims of the project and the legacy we hope to leave in 2019.

Dr Lisa Cameron MP and Christina McKelvie MSP join in on the lively discussion on badger persecution in the area.Above: Dr Lisa Cameron MP and Christina McKelvie MSP join in on the lively discussion on badger persecution in the area.

Scottish Badgers chairman Eddie Palmer chairs the discussion.Above: Scottish Badgers chairman Eddie Palmer chairs the discussion.

Dr Lisa Cameron MP on a visit to a nearby badger sett, with representatives from Scottish Badgers.Above: Dr Lisa Cameron MP on a visit to a nearby badger sett, with representatives from Scottish Badgers.

Christina McKelvie MSP chats with representatives from South Lanarkshire Council during a visit to a local badger sett.Above: Christina McKelvie MSP chats with representatives from South Lanarkshire Council during a visit to a local badger sett.

Project Officer Elaine Rainey demonstrating badger guard hair identification to Dr Lisa Cameron MP and Christina McKelvie MSP.Above: Project Officer Elaine Rainey demonstrating badger guard hair identification to Dr Lisa Cameron MP and Christina McKelvie MSP.

Guests view collapses, spoil heaps and other features of interest at a local badger sett.Above: Guests view collapses, spoil heaps and other features of interest at a local badger sett.

Dr Lisa Cameron MP and Christina McKelvie MSP visit a local badger sett with representatives from Scottish Badgers, South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Wildlife Trust.Above: Dr Lisa Cameron MP and Christina McKelvie MSP visit a local badger sett with representatives from Scottish Badgers, South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Wildlife Trust.

And, of course, no project launch would be complete without a visit from our official project mascot! 

The official project mascot makes an appearance.

Thanks to everyone who came along and all who have shown support for the project. Here's to the next three years of engaging, informing, inspiring and educating in South Lanarkshire! If you would like to know more or get involved, please contact the Project Officer. The full press release on the launch can be viewed here.

Badgers in the Landscape is a Scottish Badgers project based in South Lanarkshire, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage.

    

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.