Scottish Badger Week
Saturday 9th - Sunday 17th May 2020
Scottish Badger Week is a partnership between the two charities Scottish Wildlife Trust and Scottish Badgers and is sponsored by Siemens.
Join us for our 9 Days of Badger, where we'll be running a week filled with crafts, blogs, videos and all the good stuff! This year we will be running a virtual week across our social media platforms as well as posting updates here on our website.
Day 1 - Launch of 'Brockcraft'
Saturday 9th May
Launch day! We're kicking off the week by launching our art competition, whether it's a whimsical watercolour or a silly sculpture, we want to see your artistic endeavours! You have the next 9 days to create some spectacular badger-themed artwork for us, which can either be sent through our Facebook page, where we will be compiling the entries in an album, or through email. We have four age categories these can be submitted under:
- Cubs (Under 5's)
- Weans (Primary aged)
- Juveniles (Secondary aged)
- Adults (well... adults)
We will then pick our favourites for a wee prize, as well as running a public choice vote through Facebook using the most 'likes'. Please provide your name and age category when submitting your pieces, and please only one artwork per person.
We also want you to get involved with painting a bRock – find a rock, pebble of stone which you can paint or draw a badger on, and on your daily walks take it with you on a badger-y adventure! We’d love you to share photos of where you go and what you get up to! Every day we’ll be providing an art prompt to provide inspiration if you’ve got artist block, which you can either pick your favourite to do, or do one per day!
Day 2 - Watching Badgers
Sunday 10th May
Trustee Allan Bantick runs a wildlife viewing hide in Boat of Garten, where badgers are a regular visitor. His blog over on the Scottish Wildlife Trust website gives an insight into his time here over the past several decades and recounts some of the best encounters.
Day 3 – Tracks and Signs
Monday 11th May
Our Project Officer Elaine Rainey is a bit of a dab hand at all things tracking, and will guide you through the basics of wildlife tracking, including what specific signs to look for with badgers.
Day 4 – “The Real Badgers of…”
Tuesday 12th May
Volunteers from around the country have been putting together footage from trail cameras showing what ‘their’ badgers get up to once night falls. One of our volunteers Sophie does a quick Q&A on a South Lanarkshire Clan, and in the Highlands of Scotland, senior ranger and Scottish Badgers volunteer Richard tells us about 'Duncan'. Head to the Scottish Wildlife Trust website for a blog on the badgers found at the Falls of Clyde reserve.
Day 5 – Brockcraft: Updates
Wednesday 13th May
If you’ve not already, share with us your creations! Whether it’s photos from your outings with your bRock, or your creations following our daily art prompts, this week is all about participation. Scottish Wildlife Trust Ranger Lyndsay Mark has put together a helpful video for todays art prompt of creating a stop motion animation using a bRock!
Day 6 – Badger Behaviour
Thursday 14th May
An exciting topic today as we look into badger behaviour. We have some fantastic videos that show some of the more typical behaviours, and some showing those lesser seen (and heard!). We also have a guest blog by the University of Glasgow MRes student Michael McCaskill, who alongside some of our volunteers, has been looking into the little known uses of badger nests, or day couches (spoiler alert; they’re not just for the daytime!). There's another Q&A with a volunteer, this time with Lesley, our nest finder extraordinaire!
Day 7 – Threats
Friday 15th May
A more sombre topic as we tackle the threats faced by badgers in the modern human world. From road casualties, to habitat destruction and deliberate persecution, our brocks don’t have an easy time of it. While sad, it’s so important to highlight what does go on out there, to ensure people know what signs to look for and how to report it. Operations Coordinator Emily Platt will share some of the more typical threats and types of criminality seen in her role.
Day 8 – A Year in the Life…
Saturday 16th May
Ever wonder what a full year at a sett looks like, what changes happen as new life emerges? Trail cameras have been a fantastic resource for us to watch these elusive animals, and our volunteers have been following the lives of different clans around Scotland to show us how the seasons affect activity at the sett over the months. Check out our news item for the day for more links.
Day 9 – It’s a wrap!
Sunday 17th May
After a busy week, we want to look back on some of the best bits and share highlights that might have been missed. Our Brockcraft competition winners are announced, and we’ll say goodbye to our adventurous bRocks as we release them into the wild!