Discover the wonders of badgers during Scottish Badger Week 2019
The charities Scottish Wildlife Trust and Scottish Badgers are partnering for a third year to organise a busy week of events to mark Scottish Badger Week 2019, which is supported by Siemens.
This year Scottish Badger Week runs from Saturday 4 - Sunday 12 May. At least 25 events and 15 open displays hosted by a range of organisations in locations across the country will bring the wonders of badgers and the issues they still face to a new audience.
The week will launch with a workshop by expert tracker Dan Puplett at Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve and Visitor Centre in South Lanarkshire, which acts as a national hub for badger conservation and volunteering.
Throughout the week, there will be many more opportunities to get involved in badger watches, sett surveys, children’s activities and craft workshops.
Elaine Rainey, Project Officer for Scottish Badgers is coordinating the week’s activities. She said: “We’re delighted that so many events are taking place throughout the country during Scottish Badger Week. I’m grateful for the support of a huge number of organisations including conservation charities, ranger services across Scotland, and our sponsor Siemens.”
Lyndsay Mark, Visitor Experience Manager, Scottish Wildlife Trust said: “Even though badgers are a protected species in Scotland they still face a number of threats. We’re hoping that the events and activities arranged through Scottish Badger Week will encourage people to learn more about these magnificent mammals and get involved in helping to protect them."
While badgers in Scotland have escaped the culls that are taking place in some parts of England and Wales, they remain under threat from a number of dangers.
Each year 1,000 badgers killed on the road are reported to Scottish Badgers, a figure which is thought to be a major underestimate. And despite legal protection, many badger setts are damaged each year through forestry operations, agriculture and construction.
Badger baiting remains a problem, particularly in south and central Scotland, with welfare implications for both the badgers and the dogs involved.
Scottish Badger Week events are taking place in the following locations: Ayr, Balmaha, Dalkeith, Dunlop, Dumfries, Lochgelly, New Lanark, Glasgow, Cumbernauld, Pitlochry, Thornhill.
Displays can be found in the following locations: Balmaha, Dalkeith, Gorebridge, Inverkip, Inverurie, Lochwinnoch, Muir of Ord, Pitlochry, Thornhill, Thurso.
For full listings, including an interactive events map, visit our dedicated Scottish Badger Week Page.
Scottish Badger Week 2019 is sponsored by: