Scottish Badger Week, Saturday 4th - Sunday 12th May 2019

Scottish Badger Week is a partnership between the two charities Scottish Wildlife Trust and Scottish Badgers and is sponsored by Siemens. To find out what's happening in your area, view the map below or scroll down to view events by date. View the events map in full screen here.

Events by date

Saturday 4th May 2019

Event title: LAUNCH EVENT - Tracking workshop with Dan Puplett, Falls of Clyde

Date: Saturday 4th May 2019

Time: Talk 1pm-3pm, plus choice of morning (10am-12noon) or afternoon (3pm-5pm) outdoor workshop.

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

Price: Entry by donation at the door. Suggested donation £10.00.

Event description: Join tracking expert Dan Puplett for a fascinating session discovering how to track wildlife! Get tips on everything from identifying skulls to deciphering field signs of mammals, birds and more! Choose a morning or afternoon slot for the outdoor element, with everyone coming together for the main talk at 1pm!

Link for booking/ further information: Book here.

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Event title: *** FULLY BOOKED *** Aberdeenshire training and sett monitoring event

Date: Saturday 4 May 2019

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Location: Garlogie, near Aberdeen

Price: Free of charge

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 of badgers, rabbit and possibly fox.  The site is relatively level to access and slopes are only moderate.

Link for booking/ further information: Sorry, this event is now fully booked.

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Event title: Ayrshire Badger Watch

Date: Saturday 4th May 2019

Time: 7.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.

Location: Nr. Dunlop, East Ayrshire

Price: £10 adults/ £5 children

Event description: A twilight visit to a woodland sett on the edge of an historic estate.  Attendees will learn about the nocturnal behaviour of our most secretive mammal before settling down at a sett to wait for badgers to appear shortly before sunset.  Attendees will have to sit quietly in the woodland for up to 2 hours so should be physically fit and have access to warm, waterproof clothing.  The event is not suitable for children under 10 years old. The event is subject to appropriate weather conditions and Scottish Badgers cannot guarantee badgers will appear!

Link for booking/ further information: Book here

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Event title: Family Badger Watch, Falls of Clyde

Date: Saturday 4th May 2019

Time: 7.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.

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

Price: £10 adult, £5 child

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. Can't make the date? Contact the ranger to arrange your own on a date that suits you. Perfect for a younger audience, over 5 years only, booking essential.

Link for booking/ further information: Book here 

 

Sunday 5th May 2019

Event title: Badger Walk & Talk, Perthshire

Date: Sunday 5th May 2019

Time: Two slots, 11.00–12.30 or 1.30–3.00

Location: Linn of Tummel, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH16 5NP.

Price: £7.00

Event description: Join National Trust for Scotland Rangers and volunteers from the Scottish Badger group to track badgers through the Linn of Tummel. Explore this beautiful property whilst learning all about these amazing creatures and the unusual sites they choose to call home. If time allows we may event set up a camera trap to monitor the individuals using the setts we find.
There are two slots for this walk (morning and afternoon) both with limited spaces. The morning session begins at 11am finishing at 12.30 and the afternoon event will begin at 1.30pm finishing at 3pm- please purchase your ticket for the correct time slot you want.
This walk is aimed at adults but children over 10 years old with interest in the topic are also welcome. Tickets are £7 per person. The site has uneven sloping ground so stout footwear is recommended as well as waterproofs. The walk will begin from the Linn of Tummel Car park- prior booking only and evidence of tickets will be required on the day.

Link for booking/ further information: Book here 

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Event title: Becoming a Badger, Drumlanrig

Date:  Sunday 5th May 2019

Time: 13.00 – 14.30

Location:  Drumlanrig Castle & Country Estate

Price: Normal entry fee applies

Event description: As part of Badger week, the rangers welcome you to join them in appreciating our black and white furry friends! Come and make a badger mask and learn some cool facts! This is a drop in session held at the playground.

Link for booking/ further information: www.drumlanrigcastle.co.uk

 

Tuesday 7th May 2019

Event title: Facebook Live Badger Watch

Date: Tuesday 7th May 2019

Time: Around 8.00 p.m.

Location: Anywhere!

Price: Free

Event description: Join the team at Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve & Visitor Centre for an evening of badger watching from the comfort of your own home. The event will be live streamed via the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Facebook Page. Scottish Badgers’ Project Officer will be online interpreting what we see and answering your badger questions!

Link for booking/ further information: Tune in via the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Facebook Page.

 

Wednesday 8th May 2019

Event title: Badger tracks, trails & signs walk, Dalkeith Country Park

Date: Wednesday 8th May 2019

Time: 1pm – 3pm

Location: Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, EH22 1ST.

Price: Free of charge

Event description: Join Scottish Badgers’ Project Officer for an afternoon of looking for badger tracks, trails and signs in Dalkeith Country Park. The walk is aimed at adults but children over 10 years old with interest in the topic are also welcome. The site has uneven sloping ground so stout footwear is recommended as well as waterproofs. No dogs please.

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

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Event title: Badgers in Scotland

Date: Wednesday 8th May 2019

Time: 18:30 – 19:30

Location: Balmaha Visitors Centre, LLTNP, G63 0JQ

Price: Suggested minimum donation £2

Event description: Scottish Badger’s Operations Coordinator will be discussing the badgers of Scotland, the threats they continue to face in the 21st Century and what we can all do to help them.

 

Thursday 9th May 2019

Event title: Guided badger survey, North Lanarkshire

Date: Thursday 9th May 2019

Time: 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Location: North Lanarkshire, exact location provided on booking.

Price: Free of charge

Event description: Join Scottish Badgers’ Project Officer for a day of badger surveying in North Lanarkshire. Learn how to recognise common field signs and look for badger setts. Have a go at recording any setts found. This event is open to members of Scottish Badgers only and is aimed at adults. There will be uneven ground and slopes so please wear stout footwear and waterproofs. No dogs.

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

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Event title: Badger Watch, Falls of Clyde

Date: Thursday 9th May 2019

Time: 7.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.

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

Price: £10 per adult, £5 per child

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 sett.  Can't make the date? Contact the ranger to arrange your own on a date that suits you. Over 8 years only, booking essential.

Link for booking/ further information: Book here.

 

Friday 10th May 2019

Event title: Ayrshire Badger Watch

Date: Friday 10th May 2019

Time: 7.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.

Location: Nr. Dunlop, East Ayrshire

Price: £10 adults/ £5 children

Event description: A twilight visit to a woodland sett on the edge of an historic estate.  Attendees will learn about the nocturnal behaviour of our most secretive mammal before settling down at a sett to wait for badgers to appear shortly before sunset.  Attendees will have to sit quietly in the woodland for up to 2 hours so should be physically fit and have access to warm, waterproof clothing.  The event is not suitable for children under 10 years old. The event is subject to appropriate weather conditions and Scottish Badgers cannot guarantee badgers will appear!Link for booking/ further information: Book here. 

 

Saturday 11th May 2019

Event title: Badger talk and children’s activity, Dunkeld

Date: Saturday May 11th 2019

Time: 10.30 a.m. until 4.00 p.m.

Location: Scottish Wildlife Trust Loch of the Lowes Reserve, Dunkeld, Perthshire.

Price: Normal entry fees apply.

Event description: Join members of Scottish Badgers to celebrate Scottish Badger Week! There will be an illustrated talk about badgers at 2pm in the Crannog and you can try your hand at some badger crime detective work throughout the day. Can you solve the crime?

Link for booking/ further information: Booking not required.

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Event title: Guided Badger Sett Tour, Ayrshire

Date: Saturday 11th May 2019

Time: 12 noon – 2.00 p.m.

Location: South Ayrshire

Price: £5.00

Event description: Join us on this guided walk in South Ayrshire where attendees will learn about badger biology, ecology, conservation and persecution before experiencing an active badger sett.  Attendees will have an opportunity to search for badger field signs throughout the walk.  Attendees should be physically fit and able to walk along rough tracks and sloping woodlands.  Attendees should have access to warm, waterproof clothing.

Link for booking/ further information: Book here. 

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Event title: Charity Pot Party, Lush Buchanan Street, Glasgow

Date: Saturday 11th May 2019

Time: 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Location: Lush, 78 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 3HA.

Price: Free of charge

Event description: Drop in and join Scottish Badgers for a charity pot party in Lush Buchanan Street! Hear about the work of the charity, ask us your badger questions and take home a lovely charity pot in aid of Scottish Badgers.

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Event title: HAWKS Wildlife Watch Group, Falls of Clyde

Date: Saturday 11th May 2019

Time: 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon

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

Price: Member Free, Non-member £1

Event description: Go wild and join the monthly Falls of Clyde Wildlife Watch club for children aged 5-13years. Booking essential.

Link for booking/ further information: Lyndsay Mark 01555 665262

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Event title: Luxury Badger Watch, Falls of Clyde

Date: Saturday 11th May 2019

Time: 7.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.

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

Price: £25 per person

Event description: Ranger-escorted trips for a maximum of four people in a 4x4 to within five minutes of the sett. Enjoy an increased chance of seeing badgers and other nocturnal wildlife, be pampered with cosy blankets, after-watch drinks and a souvenir. Can't make the date? Contact the ranger to arrange your own on a date that suits you. Over 8 years only, booking essential.

Link for booking/ further information: Book here.

 

Sunday 12th May 2019

Event title: Badger Print Making workshop, Falls of Clyde

Date: Sunday 12th May 2019

Time: 11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m., with optional walk to a badger sett after the event

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

Price: £10 per person plus booking fee

Event description: Join local artist Shirley Marzella for a morning of print making with a badger theme! Learn how to make your very own mono block print, create some beautiful badger cards and take your creations home! No experience necessary. Tea, coffee and cake provided. Not suitable for children. Optional visit to a badger sett following the workshop.

Link for booking/ further information: Book here

 

Sunday 18th May 2019

Event title: Dumfries & Galloway Environment Fair

Date: Saturday 18th May 2019

Time: 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Location: Rutherford McCowan building & grounds, University of Glasgow, Chrichton Campus, Dumfries, DG14ZL.

Price: Free of charge

Event description: Come & visit the Scottish Badgers stand at Dumfries & Galloway Environment Fair! We’ll have lots of information for you to take away and our volunteers are on hand to answer your badger questions!

Link for booking/ further information: https://www.facebook.com/EnvironmentFair/.

 

Online events

Can’t make an event but want to get involved? Join our ‘9 Days of Action’ Facebook campaign! Check out our Events Page on Facebook to join the fun! 

 

Displays

To celebrate Scottish Badger Week 2019, the charity Scottish Badgers has launched a series of badger factsheets. Drop by one of our special Scottish Badger Week displays to pick up a set of our new factsheets. Kindly hosted by ranger services across Scotland! Displays can be found in the following locations for the duration of Scottish Badger Week:

Seadrift Visitor Centre, Dunnet, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8XD

National Trust for Scotland Killiecrankie Visitor Centre, near Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH16 5LQ

Muir Hub, Great N Rd, Muir of Ord IV6 7SU

Vogrie Country Park, Gorebridge EH23 4NU

Bennachie Visitor Centre, Chapel of Garioch, Inverurie AB51 5HX

Muirshiels Country Park, Calder Glen Road, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4LB

Castle Semple Country Park, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4EA

Greenock Cut Country Park, Cornalees Bridge, Inverkip, PA16 9LX

Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Visitor Centre, Balmaha, G63 0JQ

Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway DG3 4AQ

Dalkeith Country Park, Via King's Gate, Dalkeith EH22 1ST

Blair Atholl Visitor Information Centre, Pitlochry PH18 5TE

 

For further information on any aspect of Scottish Badger Week, contact our Project Officer Elaine Rainey at projectofficer@scottishbadgers.org.uk.

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Contacts:

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

Available Monday to Friday

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T: 07866 844232

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Project Officer

T: 07565 813401

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For training and web presence:

Sponsors:

Scottish Badgers (SCIO) Charity Number SCO34297.