About Scottish Badgers

Scottish Badgers is an independent Scottish charity. It was founded in 1999, with encouragement from the Scottish Government, who perceived a need for a non-statutory body to work in this field.

Scottish Badgers cooperates closely with the Badger Trust, whose activities cover all the other areas of the British Isles. It should be noted that only Scottish Badgers operates in Scotland.


  • To promote the study, conservation and protection of badgers, their setts and natural habitat in Scotland.

What We Do

  • Survey and record the presence of badgers
  • Provide training for our members and professionals in badger ecology, awareness, field skills, and the law.
  • Work with young people to fire their imagination and create positive attitudes to the environment
  • Prevent badger persecution and crime
  • Provide expert advice to the public on all badger matters
  • Provide expert advice to professionals in planning, development, transport, forestry and agriculture
  • Provide expert advice and assistance to the police and the S.S.P.C.A. and expert witnesses to the courts
  • Increase public awareness of badgers and the threats they face
  • Host an annual conference on badger matters on the 1st Saturday in October
  • Initiate and assist with research into badger biology, ecology and behaviour.
  • Please note that Scottish Badgers is a charity and unable to undertake commercial work

Past Projects

  • We set up and ran the Scottish Badger Distribution Survey, 2006-09, which involved around 600 volunteers, covered around 900 1 km. squares, (sampled and stratified), and plotted the incidence of main badger setts in various habitats.
  • We recommended and lobbied for improvements to the law protecting badgers. These were brought about by The Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004, and The Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011.
  • We developed the current Scottish Badgers Training System for volunteers with the aid of Scottish Government.

Annual Reports

The charity publishes a report each year, as well as complete accounts, available to all those who wish to see them. In 2012, we moved to a shorter and more user friendly format to ensure the material is more readable. Past reports and accounts are available and can be found by using the links at the bottom of this page.

Our Team

Scottish Badgers is managed by a Board of Trustees who work with an Advisory Group, Events Team and our contractors to ensure that we are efficiently and effectively carrying out our charitable objectives.



Chairman: Eddie Palmer

Secretary: Dr Ellie Stirling

Treasurer: Laura Carter-Davis 

Trustee Advocacy & Engagement: Allan Bantick O.B.E.

Trustee Operations/Fund Raising: Ann Innes

Trustee Development Planning: Steve Jackson-Matthews


Advisory Group

Advisor Welfare & Rehabilitation: Andy Christie

Advisor Development Planning: Callum McLaren

Advisor Education/Training: Jackie Clark

Advisor Education/Awareness Raising: Ashleigh Wylie

Advisor Crime Prevention: Melanie Craig

Advisor Crime Prevention: Gill Smart

Advisor Advocacy & Engagement: Vacant



Emily Platt:

Operations Co-ordinator:

Emily has an extensive background in wildlife conservation, and since graduating with a degree in Ecology from UEA, has worked around the globe with declining species ranging from Kiwi in New Zealand, to Sloths in Costa Rica. Upon her return to the UK, Emily has predominantly worked in Scotland in a variety of roles, including a countryside ranger in a Regional Park, a reindeer herder in the Cairngorms National Park, an assistant warden for a wildlife reserve on Islay, and an ornithologist for an ecological consultancy. It was while working on Islay that Emily gained experience working in an agricultural environment, and co-ordinated the island-wide census of the protected Corncrake. Through this varied work history, Emily has gained a broad set of skills and knowledge, and looks forward to putting this into action with Scottish Badgers. Her interests outside mammals lie with birds, bumblebees, and moths, and she enjoys hillwalking and climbing, as well as art and design.

Emily works Monday to Friday


Elaine Rainey:

Project Officer:

Elaine originally trained as an architect, working with one of Europe's oldest eco-design practices. Keen to learn more about her natural environment and how to protect it, she went on to complete a degree in Countryside Management at SRUC. In 2006, Elaine took up the role of Survey Coordinator for the Scottish Badger Distribution Survey. This role took her the length and breadth of Scotland as she recruited, trained and managed a network of around 600 national survey volunteers. From 2010 to 2013 Elaine served as Development Officer for Scottish Badgers, setting up the inter-curricular youth education programme and playing an instrumental role in the development and delivery of the charity's training programmes for professionals - 'Badger awareness for forestry workers' and 'Badger awareness for countryside rangers'. Recently, Elaine has trained in advanced tracking with Jon Young - a prominent student of Tom Brown Jr.
In addition to her expertise in British mammals, Elaine also specialises in British flora and has a particular interest in nature connection and nature writing.


Our Reports and Structure

Our most recent annual accounts are available by clicking on the links below:

Our most recent annual reviews are available by clicking on the links below:

Our constitution is available here.

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

Available Monday to Friday

Operations Co-ordinator

T: 07866 844232


For matters relating to our Earn Your Stripes - Building Skills to Champion Wildlife project:

Project Officer

T: 07565 813401


For training and web presence:


Scottish Badgers (SCIO) Charity Number SCO34297.