Scottish Badger Week

Scottish Badger Week, which was launched last year, is a partnership between Scottish Badgers and Scottish Wildlife Trust. Running between Saturday 5th May and Sunday 13th May 2018, Scottish Badger Week aims to offer a range of opportunities to learn about, and get involved in protecting, this iconic and much-loved species.

Badgers are an intrinsic part of our biodiversity and landscape. They are, however, under threat from persecution, habitat loss and being killed on the roads. During Scottish Badger Week, we’re calling on you to get involved in learning more about this much-loved species and to do your bit to help protect them for future generations to enjoy!

What’s happening?

In addition to our big launch event at Falls of Clyde on Saturday 5th May, there are lots fun & informative events happening across Scotland during Badger Week! From talks to sett surveys; trail camera expeditions to picnics; there's something for everyone! Browse by region below (or skip straight to your region via the column to the right) to find your nearest event, then sign up to join us in celebrating Scotland's badgers!

 

*** SCOTTISH BADGER WEEK LAUNCH EVENT ***

Come join us at Falls of Clyde on Saturday 5th May to celebrate the launch of Scottish Badger Week. We are delighted to have renowned wildlife crime investigator and author Alan Stewart joining us for a talk and book signing plus Colin Smyth MSP, Species Champion for the badger, officially opening Scottish Badger Week 2018! Find out more and get your ticket here. Be quick - tickets are limited!

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ABERDEENSHIRE


Event title: Garlogie training and sett monitoring

Date: Sunday 6th May 2018

Time: 10 am – 12 noon

Location: Garlogie, near Aberdeen

Price: FREE

Link for booking/ further information: Booking essential via info@scottishbadgers.org.uk.

Event description: This outing will provide a good opportunity for beginners to compare the architecture and field signs of rabbit warrens/stops with those of badger setts also found on site and discuss how to distinguish field signs.  The site is relatively level to access and slopes are only moderate. Open to Scottish Badgers’ members, and non-members on a trial basis. Maximum of 8 places. Dogs not permitted.

 

AYRSHIRE


Event title: Badgers by night, Ayrshire

Date: Sunday 6th May 2018

Time: 7.30pm - 10pm

Location: Dunlop, East Ayrshire

Price: FREE

Link for booking/ further information: Booking via Eventbrite.

Event description: An evening visit to watch badgers emerge from an active sett in Dunlop (subject to weather and badger cooperation!). A Where’s Wildlife in Ayrshire event in partnership with Scottish Badgers - Ayrshire branch.

 

Event title: Badgers in your lunchtime

Date: Wednesday 9th May 2018

Time: 12.30 pm – 2 pm

Location: Eglinton Country Park, Eglinton, Irvine, KA12 8TA

Price: FREE

Link for booking/ further information: Booking via Eventbrite.

Event description: An interesting and informative public lecture on badger biology and ecology and their place in Ayrshire’s wildlife. A Where’s Wildlife in Ayrshire event in partnership with Scottish Badgers - Ayrshire branch.

 

Event title: Badgers in the daytime, Ayrshire

Date: Thursday 10th May 2018

Time: 10am - 12.30pm

Location: Auchincruive, South Ayrshire

Price: FREE

Link for booking/ further information: Booking via Eventbrite.

Event description: A walk and talk to visit an active badger sett in South Ayrshire.  Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about badgers and see their setts and field signs first hand. A Where’s Wildlife in Ayrshire event in partnership with Scottish Badgers - Ayrshire branch.

 

Event title: Badgers by night, Ayrshire

Date: Friday 11th May 2018

Time: 7.30 pm

Location: Dunlop, East Ayrshire

Price: FREE

Link for booking/ further information: Booking via Eventbrite.

Event description: An evening visit to watch badgers emerge from an active sett in Dunlop (subject to weather and badger cooperation!). A Where’s Wildlife in Ayrshire event in partnership with Scottish Badgers - Ayrshire branch.

 

CENTRAL SCOTLAND


Join the Central Scotland Mammal Group (CSMG) in collaboration with Gartmorn Dam Country Park Development Trust for a week of fun activities in central Scotland in celebration of Scottish Badger Week! From talks to guided walks and trail camera sessions, there’s something for everyone!

 

Event title: Central Scotland Mammal Group trail camera session

Date: Saturday 5th May 2018

Time: Daytime event. Timings supplied via email.

Location: Gartmorn Dam

Price: FREE

Link for booking/ further information: mammals.clacksandstirling@gmail.com

Event description: An event for members of Central Scotland Mammal Group, in collaboration with Gartmorn Dam Country Park Development Trust. During this session, participants will scout out locations to erect wildlife trail cameras to record the local badger activity during Scottish Badger Week! Findings will be presented during the finale event on Friday 11th May (see below). 

 

Event title: Guided walk with Clackmannanshire Ranger Service

Date: Tuesday 8th May 2018

Time: Daytime event. Timings supplied via email.

Location: Gartmorn Dam

Price: FREE

Link for booking/ further information: mammals.clacksandstirling@gmail.com

Event description: A public event arranged by Central Scotland Mammal Group in collaboration with Gartmorn Dam Country Park Development Trust. Join the Rangers from Clackmannanshire Ranger Service for a guided walk around the reserve to view badger field signs. Learn about badger biology and ecology as you go! A walk in nature will never be the same again!

 

Event title: Finale event - badger talk and summary of week's findings

Date: Friday 11th May 2018

Time: 18.30 - 21.00

Location: Sauchie Hall, Alloa

Price: Donations on the door. Suggested donation £2 per person.

Link for booking/ further information: Booking essential via Eventbrite.

Event description: This is the finale event for the central Scotland activities for Scottish Badger Week 2018! There will be a talk by Scottish Badgers' Chairman Eddie Palmer covering the basic biology and ecology of badgers, where they live, why, how, what they eat and do etc., with some information regarding crime and threats to badgers. There will be time at the end of the talk for questions.

Afterwards, we share what we have learned about our local Gartmorn Dam badgers over the course of the week, find out if we had any success with our wildlife cams and we celebrate our beautiful badgers with some stripy cake!

 

DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY


Event title: Badgers by Day , Dumfriesshire

Date: Monday 7th May

Time: 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Moffat area, Dumfriesshire. Location provided on booking.

Price: FREE

Link for booking/ further information: info@scottishbadgers.org.uk

Event description: Join members of charity Scottish Badgers for a daytime visit to some local badger setts and learn more about these fascinating and enigmatic creatures. Open to Scottish Badgers’ members, and non-members on a trial basis. No experience necessary. No dogs.

 

FIFE


Event title: Scottish Badger Week celebrations in Fife

Date: Various dates from Saturday 5th May – Sunday 13th May 2018

Time: Various

Location: Various locations throughout Fife

Price: FREE

Link for booking/ further information: info@scottishbadgers.org.uk

Event description: Join members of the charity Scottish Badgers for a week-long programme of events to celebrate Scottish Badger Week! From badger sett surveys to mammal detectives sessions for children, there’s something for everyone!

 

LANARKSHIRE


Event title: HAWKS Wildlife Watch Group

Date: Saturday 5th May 2018

Time: 10 am – 12 noon

Location: Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve & Visitor Centre, New Lanark Road, New Lanark ML11 9DB

Price: £1 per child

Link for booking/ further information: lmark@swt.org.uk

Event description: Join Scottish Wildlife Trust and Scottish Badgers for a fun-filled Mammal Detectives session! We’ll be heading out onto the reserve on a challenge to find signs of badgers & other mammals. If our young Mammal Detectives find a badger sett, we’ll put up wildlife trail cameras to capture their night-time antics! Suitable for ages 5-14. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Event title: SCOTTISH BADGER WEEK LAUNCH EVENT: Wildlife Detective – experiences of a wildlife crime investigator in Scotland, with Alan Stewart

Date: Saturday 5th May 2018

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

Location: Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre, New Lanark Road, New Lanark ML11 9DB.

Price: By donation on booking.

Link for booking/ further information: https://scottishbadgerweek.eventbrite.co.uk

Event description: Join the charities Scottish Badgers and Scottish Wildlife Trust at Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre & Wildlife Reserve on Saturday 5th May 2018 for the launch event for Scottish Badger Week 2018! Come & celebrate the first birthday of the national badger hub at Falls of Clyde and hear from renowned wildlife crime investigator Alan Stewart. Hear about his experiences of crimes committed against badgers & other wildlife; his education work; and the difficulties he has encountered with legislation and enforcement in various areas of wildlife crime.

There will be a Q&A with Alan after his talk, followed by an optional 'badger-themed' walk around the reserve to view field signs with staff from Scottish Badgers and Scottish Wildlife Trust. Plus stalls with lots of lovely badger gifts and a book signing with Alan. Proceeds from this event will go towards Scottish Badgers and Scottish Wildlife Trust. Book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited. Not suitable for young children.

 

Event title: Scottish Badger Week – Family Badger Watch

Date: Saturday 5th May 2018

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Location: Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre & Wildlife Reserve, New Lanark Road, New Lanark ML11 9DB

Price: £10 for adults, £5 for children

Link for booking/ further information: https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/event/family-badger-watch-2/

Event description:  An evening walk to our outdoor badger viewing area following a clue trail to our secret badger sett! It’s a 45-minute walk to the sett with the chance to view badgers, bats and other nocturnal creatures. Perfect for a younger audience! Numbers limited to 15 people, over 5 years only, children must be accompanied by a responsible adult, booking essential.

 

Event title: Come ‘n’ Try Trail Camera & Sett Monitoring Session with the #SouthLanClan

Date: Wednesday 9th May 2018

Time: 10 am – 4pm

Location: Hamilton

Price: FREE

Link for booking/ further information: projectofficer@scottishbadgers.org.uk

Event description: Join volunteers from the Badgers in the Landscape project as we check on some local setts and service our trail cameras. We’ll show you lots of tracks, trails & signs as we go. In the afternoon, we’ll retreat to Chatelherault Visitor Centre to view the footage collected. Booking essential. Open to Scottish Badgers’ members & non-members.

 

Event title: Scottish Badger Week – Badger Watch

Date: Thursday 10th May 2018

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Location: Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre & Wildlife Reserve, New Lanark Road, New Lanark ML11 9DB

Price: £10 for adults, £5 for children

Link for booking/ further information: https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/event/2018-05-10/

Event description: An evening walk to our outdoor badger viewing area, learning about badgers as we go, with the chance to view badgers, bats and other nocturnal creatures. Includes a 45-minute walk to the badger sett. Numbers limited to 15 people, over 8 years only. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Booking essential.

 

Event title: Come ‘n’ Try Trail Camera Expedition with the Falls of Clyde Badger Hub Volunteers

Date: Saturday 12th May 2018

Time: 11 am

Location: Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre & Wildlife Reserve, New Lanark Road, New Lanark ML11 9DB

Price: FREE

Link for booking/ further information: projectofficer@scottishbadgers.org.uk

Event description: Join volunteers from Scotland’s national badger hub at Falls of Clyde for a trail camera expedition! We’ll meet at the Visitor Centre, then head out onto the reserve to service trail cameras for our long-term monitoring project. Then back to the Visitor Centre to view the footage with a lovely cuppa & cake! Booking essential. Open to Scottish Badgers’ members & non-members.

 

Event title: Scottish Badger Week – Luxury Badger Safari

Date: Saturday 12th May 2018

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Location: Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre & Wildlife Reserve, New Lanark Road, New Lanark ML11 9DB

Price: £25

Link for booking/ further information: https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/event/luxury-badger-safari-2/

Event description: Ranger-escorted trips for a maximum of four people in a 4×4 to within five minutes of the badger sett. Enjoy an increased chance of seeing badgers and other nocturnal wildlife at our outdoor badger viewing area, be pampered with cosy blankets, after-watch drinks and a souvenir. Over 8 years only, booking essential.

 

LOTHIAN


Event title: Badger survey & Picnic

Date: Sunday 6th May 2018

Time: 11 am

Location: Polton, Midlothian

Price: FREE

Link for booking/ further information: scottishbadgersedinburgh@gmail.com

Event description: Let’s meet up for a badger survey and celebrate Scottish Badger Week with a lovely picnic! Booking essential. Open to Scottish Badgers’ members, and non-members on a trial basis.

 

PERTHSHIRE


Event title: Badgers – a talk with Eddie Palmer, Chairman of Scottish Badgers

Date: Saturday 12th May 2018

Time: 2 pm

Location: Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre & Wildlife Reserve, Dunkeld, PH8 0HH

Price: By donation at the door

Link for booking/ further information: ecastle-smith@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

Event description: Join the charities Scottish Wildlife Trust & Scottish Badgers for an afternoon all about badgers! Eddie Palmer, Chairman of Scottish Badgers, will give a talk on badgers in Scotland and the issues they face. The talk will last approximately one hour, with time for questions. Booking essential. Open to members & non-members.

 

TAYSIDE


Event title: Badger sett survey day, Tayside

Date: Sunday 6th May 2018

Time: 10 am – 4 pm

Location: Tayside, location provided on booking

Price: FREE

Link for booking/ further information: chairman@scottishbadgers.org.uk

Event description: Join members of charity Scottish Badgers for a day of surveying for badger setts in Tayside. Open to Scottish Badgers’ members, and non-members on a trial basis. No experience necessary. No dogs.

 

Event title: Badger sett survey day, Tayside

Date: Sunday 13th May 2018

Time: 10 am – 4 pm

Location: Tayside, location provided on booking

Price: FREE

Link for booking/ further information: chairman@scottishbadgers.org.uk

Event description: Join members of charity Scottish Badgers for a day of surveying for badger setts in Tayside. Open to Scottish Badgers’ members, and non-members on a trial basis. No experience necessary. No dogs.

 

NATIONWIDE


Event title: Scottish Badger Week 2018 - 9 DAYS OF ACTION

Date: Saturday 5th May - Sunday 13th May 2018

Location: The comfort of your own home!

Event description: Join the charities Scottish Wildlife Trust & Scottish Badgers for an online campaign of action during Badger Week 2018! Each day during Badger Week, we'll post a challenge on social media and all you have to do is decide if you wish to take up the challenge for that day! Complete all nine challenges for extra brownie points from the badgers! To take part, follow Scottish Badgers on Facebook and Twitter! Show your support by joining the '9 DAYS OF ACTION' Facebook event, coming shortly.

 

Event title: Facebook Live Badger Watch

Date: Monday 7th May 2018

Time: 7.30pm (approximately)

Location: The comfort of your own home!

Price: FREE

Event description: Join the charities Scottish Wildlife Trust & Scottish Badgers for a live badger watch, all from the comfort of your home! A unique insight into these fascinating and elusive nocturnal mammals. Chat along with other badger watchers as you view, and get your questions answered by the experts! This event will take place on the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Facebook Page. All you need to do is ‘Like’ the page and you will be notified when we go live!

Host an event

We are calling on groups and organisations across Scotland to help celebrate Scottish Badger Week by hosting an event. Read more >>

What you can do to help?

There are lots ways you can help during Scottish Badger Week and beyond. 

Report badger setts, live sightings and road deaths to us via our online form.
Register to volunteer with Scottish Wildlife Trust & Scottish Badgers at Falls of Clyde or elsewhere. Volunteer surveyors, badger watch assistants, trail camera assistants and Virtual Badger Champions are all required.
Become a member of Scottish Badgers and Scottish Wildlife Trust to help support our work.
Sign up to monitor your local sett.

Support from our politicians

We are pleased to report that Colin Smyth MSP, Species Champion for the badger, will be attending the launch of Scottish Badger Week.

Learn more about badgers

Interested in learning more about badgers right away? Visit our Learning Pages for information on badger biology, ecology, threats, badgers & the law, field signs, badger watching and more!

Further information

For further information on Scottish Badger Week, please contact our Project Officer Elaine Rainey by email or on 07565 813 401.

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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: 07792 142446, 07570 915630 or 07973 273536

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Sponsors:

Scottish Badgers (SCIO) Charity Number SCO34297.