Introducing … our new MONDAY MONITORING SESSIONS in South Lanarkshire
We’re now nine months into the Badgers in the Landscape project – a Lottery funded project aiming to protect South Lanarkshire’s badgers through community action. The first phase of the project has been heavily focused on introducing new people to badgers through training, public events, talks and our all-important guided survey days.
Through this survey work our volunteers have located and recorded hundreds of new badger setts, greatly adding to our knowledge of badger sett distribution & density in South Lanarkshire! There is still much to do on this front so our survey work will continue in key areas over the coming months. Check out the weekday and weekend survey dates and let us know if you would like to help out.
Photo: Spoil heap at a sett located through our guided badger surveys, complete with fresh prints, fresh excavation, excavation trench and hair.
MONDAY MONITORING SESSIONS
We’re now also looking for volunteers to join us on our new ‘Monday Monitoring Sessions’. We’ve identified a few key areas from our recent survey work that we’d like to keep an eye on over the coming months. This involves visiting a series of setts over the course of each session, looking for signs of activity and photographing what we find. This will help us to build up a picture of sett use over time (important if there are ever any court cases in relation to these setts) and allows us to more quickly flag up problems to the relevant authorities. This doesn’t just relate to criminal activity, it could be that a reduction in activity in a particular sett that we’ve been monitoring corresponds with a spike in reported badger road deaths in this area. This type of information helps us to push for mitigation measures such as badger fencing and tunnels on key roads in the region.
Photo: Fresh bedding material found at a sett during a monitoring visit.
Sett monitoring is a great way to better understand badgers and their habits. There is so much seasonal variation in badger activity and setts can fall in and out of use all the time – you never know what you’re going to find!
Monitoring Session dates
We’ll be kicking off our Monday Monitoring Sessions in February (the busiest time or year for badgers!). We'll aim to visit each sett a few times each year. Below are the dates planned so far, with additional dates to be added as the project progresses:
- Monday 13th February 2017
- Monday 27th February 2017
- Monday 20th March 2017
Sessions will run from 10AM – 4PM and reasonable travel expenses can be reimbursed. The Sessions are open to all members of Scottish Badgers and/or those who have attended a Badgers for Beginners course with us through the project. If you would like to find out more about sett monitoring, or sign up to help out at one of the above sessions, please contact the Project Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 07565 813 401.
We hope to see you out on a sett visit soon!
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