A look back over the second year of the Badgers in the Landscape project

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It’s been another great year for our Lottery-funded project in South Lanarkshire. In its second year, we worked with over 100 volunteers conducting sett surveys, trail camera projects and sett monitoring. Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, we added 130 new setts to our national database. Our work with young people really took off in year two through our new partnership with Scottish Wildlife Trust, which also included the launch of our national badger hub in New Lanark and the launch of our first ever Scottish Badger Week!  The project has also received great publicity through BBC Wildlife Magazine, The Daily Mail, Hamilton Advertiser and Scottish Wildlife Trust’s magazine. We received a great independent evaluation of the second year of the project too! The full evaluation can be viewed here. Here’s some of our year two highlights in words and pictures:

Volunteering

We delivered 50 volunteer sessions including 23 survey days, 10 sett monitoring sessions and 17 trail camera expeditions.

Our volunteers clocked up 192 days of volunteering and 1,148 volunteer hours.

Training

We delivered 7 training days with more than 70 volunteers attending.

Young people

In partnership with Scottish Wildlife Trust, we delivered 36 Mammal Detectives sessions to over 900 children. We recruited 40 young Animal Ambassadors throughout South Lanarkshire to continue this work.

Scotland’s national badger hub

In partnership with Scottish Wildlife Trust, we set up Scotland’s first badger hub at Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve and Visitor Centre – a focus for volunteering, training, awareness raising and research. We recruited over 80 volunteers in various roles such as sett surveyor, trail camera assistant, badger watch assistant and virtual badger champion.

What the volunteers say:

In a recent survey of our volunteers, 100% of respondents rated their volunteering experience with us as either very good or exceptional. When asked to describe the project, here’s what they had to say:

If you would like to join us on our adventures, email us at projectofficer@scottishbadgers.org.uk or call Elaine on 07565 813 401. We offer fun, flexible volunteering opportunities in sett surveying and monitoring, trail cameras and badger watching. Can't make it to a volunteer day? Why not become one of our virtual badger champions? Keep up-to-date with our work by following us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also give a donation to support our work here.

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:

T: 07792 142 446

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Sponsors:

Scottish Badgers (SCIO) Charity Number SCO34297.