Badgers in the Landscape - Community Building for Wildlife Conservation
'Badgers in the Landscape - Community Building for Wildlife Conservation' is a Scottish Badgers project based in South Lanarkshire, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage. The aim of the project is to protect South Lanarkshire's badgers, their setts and natural habitats through community action. The project offers lots of exciting ways to get involved including flexible volunteering opportunities, training, sett monitoring, badger surveys & watches, wildlife crime workshops and more.
To read the Evaluation Report of the first year click here.
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FREE BADGERS FOR BEGINNERS COURSES IN SOUTH LANARKSHIRE, SUMMER 2017
Join us at Falls of Clyde on Saturday 9th September 2017 or at Baron's Haugh on Saturday 21st October for a fun, free and informative day all about badgers! Learn about badgers and how they live, the threats they face and how to spot their field signs when you're out and about. We'll have a morning session indoors followed by an afternoon in the field looking for setts and signs. Places are limited and booking is required. Attendance at a Badgers for Beginners course is the starting point for joining us on our badger sett surveys and monitoring events (see below).
FREE BASIC WILDLIFE CRIME AWARENESS COURSE AT CHATELHERAULT
Join us at Chatelherault on Monday 9th October to find out how to recognise the signs of wildlife crime and what to do when you find them. This is an informative course aimed at those who have some knowledge of badger surveying. The course is open to all members of Scottish Badgers or those who have attended a 'Badgers for Beginners' course through the 'Badgers in the Landscape' project.
REGISTERED BADGER WORKER LEVEL ONE TRAINING WEEKEND
We return to Chatelherault on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October for our next Level One training weekend. The purpose of the Registered Badger Worker Training Scheme is to build a network of surveyors certified as competent to undertake specific tasks as identified by Scottish Badgers and who would be available voluntarily to assist Scottish Badgers and other organisations (eg Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish SPCA and the Police) with badger issues such as sett identification or survey work. To find out more or book your place email email@example.com or find out more information here.
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BADGER SETT SURVEYS, AUTUMN 2017 SCHEDULE
We are pleased to announce our schedule of group badger surveys for Autumn 2017. Dates available include:
Tuesday 12th September
Sunday 17th September
Wednesday 20th September
Sunday 24th September
Wednesday 11th October
Sunday 15th October
Surveys take place at various locations within South Lanarkshire and are open to all members of Scottish Badgers or those who have attended a 'Badgers for Beginners' event with us through the Badgers in the Landscape project.
Our group surveys are a fun day out with like-minded people and they contribute greatly to our knowledge of badgers in South Lanarkshire. If you would like to attend please contact the Project Officer, providing your mobile phone number in case we need to contact you about the survey at short notice. We can normally offer a pick-up at a local bus or train station and reasonable travel expenses can be reimbursed.
In May 2017 we launched this exciting new initiative in partnership with Scottish Wildlife Trust. Scotland's Badger Hub at Falls of Clyde near New Lanark is a focus for badger conservation and will offer a range of training and volunteering opportunities.
Find out more about our Badger Hub and the opportunities available here
We were delighted to be joined by Dr Lisa Cameron MP and Christina McKelvie MSP plus representatives from South Lanarkshire Council, Scottish Wildlife Trust and Police Scotland to officially launch the project. Read more here and view the photos from the launch day here.