Scottish Badgers wins National Lottery support

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‘Earn Your Stripes – Building Skills to Champion Wildlife’

Scottish Badgers wins National Lottery support

Scottish Badgers has received National Lottery support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Earn Your Stripes project, it was announced over the Christmas period.

Thanks to National Lottery players, this three-year project, with the Scottish Wildlife Trust as partners, aims to create a skilled network of community wildlife champions across the central and former industrial areas of Scotland. The project will commence on April 1st 2019, based in various locations such as wildlife reserves and country parks. With the help of a team of trainers and mentors, the project will deliver an innovative skills programme. The award is for £85,900.00 towards the total of £143,222.00.

The Programme

The skills delivered by the programme will include public speaking, marketing and communications, field surveying and wildlife film-making. The programme will be accessible to groups who often do not have the opportunity for such training and development such as young unemployed people and those with varying disabilities. There will be many volunteering opportunities, working through organisations involved already in these fields.

Participants will be able to be involved in activities such as guided badger sett surveys, trail camera work including video editing, delivering wildlife talks to schools, and home-based virtual work via the internet.

Historical Background

The central belt of Scotland has unfortunately been an area of active badger-baitingfor many years, and badgers are a species rarely seen by many of the public. They are secretive nocturnal animals, and experience has shown that public awareness is the best defence against disturbance. Badgers can be watched at twilight, but use of trail cameras in recent years has proved to be an ideal tool to see badgers easily, and avoiding any harm to the species.

Quotes

‘We’re delighted that we have received this support thanks to National Lottery players. We are always striving to introduce people to the natural environment, and share our enjoyment of the countryside and wildlife.’

Eddie Palmer, Chairman, Scottish Badgers

“We’re very excited about this new project, which will provide a host of opportunities that will benefit wildlife as well as reaching a whole new group of nature lovers who may have never had an opportunity to get involved until now.”

Jo Pike, Director of Public Affairs, Scottish Wildlife Trust

Notes to Editors

About Scottish Badgers

The charity was formed in 1999, and exists to educate the public, offer training to its own members, and also many outside organisations, and work for enforcement of the legislation protecting badgers. Advice and guidance is given to statutory organisations, private companies engaged in development, farming and forestry, and ecologists.

About Scottish Wildlife Trust

For over 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas. The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. It also manages a network of 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLottery and #HLFsupported.

Further information

Eddie Palmer, Chairman, Scottish Badgers,

e-mail chairman@scottishbadgers.org.uk,

or Ellie Stirling, Secretary, Scottish Badgers,

e-mail secretary@scottishbadgers.org.uk

Contacts:

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

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For matters relating to our Badgers in the Landscape - Community Building for Wildlife project:

Project Officer

T: 07565 813401

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For training and web presence:

Sponsors:

Scottish Badgers (SCIO) Charity Number SCO34297.