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.

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Training opportunities

FREE BADGERS FOR BEGINNERS COURSES IN SOUTH LANARKSHIRE, WINTER 2017

Join us at Chatelherault Country Park on Saturday 5th February 2017 or Falls of Clyde on Saturday 18th March 2017 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 & about. We'll have a morning session indoors followed by an afternoon in the field looking for setts & 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 (see below). Book now for the Chatelherault or Falls of Clyde events or contact projectofficer@scottishbadgers.org.uk for more information!

FREE BASIC WILDLIFE CRIME AWARENESS COURSE, CHATELHERAULT

Join us at Chatelherault Country Park on Saturday 25th March 2017 for our FREE Basic Wildlife Crime Awareness Course.

This is a single day course intended for people with some experience of badger surveying. You will be shown how to recognise the signs of wildlife crime and what to do when you find them.  The course will involve both classroom and field aspects and will end with a practical crime scene management exercise. A certificate of attendance will be available. This course is open to all members of Scottish Badgers and to those who have attended a 'Badgers for Beginners' training day through the Badgers in the Landscape project. Book here.

REGISTERED BADGER WORKER LEVEL ONE TRAINING WEEKEND

Join us at Chatelherault Country Park the weekend of 11th/12th March 2017 for our Level One Registered Badger Worker training course. For more information, fees and booking, please click here.

Volunteering opportunities

BADGER SETT SURVEYS, WINTER 2017 SCHEDULE

We are pleased to announce our schedule of group badger surveys for Winter 2017. 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. Dates available include:

Wednesday 18th January, Saturday 21st January, Wednesday 25th January, Saturday 28th January, Wednesday 1st February, Wednesday 8th February, Wednesday 15th February, Saturday 18th February, Wednesday 22nd February, Saturday 25th February, Wednesday 1st March, Wednesday 8th March, Wednesday 15th March, Wednesday 22nd March, Sunday 26th March, Wednesday 29th March.

*** NEW *** MONDAY MONITORING SESSIONS, WINTER 2017

During each session, we'll be visiting a series of key setts in South Lanarkshire to check and record activity levels. Sett visits will be repeated throughout the year to build up a picture of sett use over time and to allow us to more quickly flag up any issues to the relevant authorities.  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

Click here to find out more or to sign up to help out.

Project launch

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.

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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

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Project Officer

T: 07565 813401

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Sponsors:

Scottish Badgers (SCIO) Charity Number SCO34297.