As our largest surviving carnivore, badgers are a vital part of Scotland’s biodiversity and landscape.

In 2021, our annual celebration of Scotland’s badgers, Scottish Badger Week, runs from 8-16 May and a number of special events are taking place to celebrate. Get involved in learning more about this much-loved species and do your bit to help protect them for future generations. If you take part in any activities let us know using #ScottishBadgerWeek

Scottish Badger Week is a partnership between the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Scottish Badgers.

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Badger Week Events 2022

Saturday 7 May

HAWKS Wildlife Watch Group Badger Watch, Falls of Clyde, New Lanark

An evening event for 5-14 year olds as part of the local Wildlife Watch Group. Join badger expert Lyndsay Mark on a badger watch at Falls of Clyde. Learn about badgers as you walk to the sett. Take a seat on the purpose-built benches and wait for those little black & white faces to emerge from their underground homes. Will they have cubs with them? Come along to find out! To book contact lmark@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk or call the centre on 01555 665 262. Under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Tuesday 10 May

Virtual badger watch from Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve, 7.30-9.30pm via Zoom

Join Scottish Wildlife Trust for an online badger watch live from Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve on the edge of New Lanark. Lyndsay Mark, the Trust’s Visitor Experience Manager at Falls of Clyde will share her knowledge of the ecology and behaviour of this endearing mammal. Join her for a virtual walk to the sett, spotting field signs, tracks and trails while we wait to see if the clan emerges from their sett and onto a live video stream.

Booking is essential for this free event, which is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Wednesday 11 May

Online talk – Badgers & their field signs, 7.30 – 8.30pm

Join Scottish Badgers surveyor Alistair Watson at this live online event hosted by The Habitat People. Alistair will provide an illustrated talk introducing the audience to badgers and the behaviours behind their field signs. Booking via Eventbrite is essential for this online event.

Friday 13 May

West Lothian Badger Watch

Join local badger experts for an evening badger watch.

Saturday 14 May

Family Badger Watch, Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve, New Lanark, 7-10pm

Join Scottish Wildlife Trust for an evening family badger watch at the spectacular Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. Meet at their visitor centre and join them on a woodland walk following a clue trail to their secret badger sett! It’s around a 45 minute walk with a chance to view badgers, bats and other nocturnal creatures.

This event is suitable for children aged 5 and above. Booking essential. Cost – £10 per adult, £5 per child payable when booking. Stout footwear is recommended, and please dress for the weather as this event will be fully outdoors.

ALL WEEK

Beecraigs Country Park, West Lothian

Pop into the visitor centre to see a badger-themed display and take home some information leaflets.

Argyll Beaver Centre, Knapdale

Heart of Argyll Wildlife Association are celebrating Scottish Badger Week in style with a chance for visitors to meet their stuffed badgers Martha & Arthur, a badger-themed nature table and kids crafts. View trail camera footage of their local badgers for a chance to see what they’ve been up to! Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. For more information visit Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation.

Five facts about badgers

  • They need to eat 200 earthworms every day
  • The Gaelic word for badger is Broclach, (hence the traditional name ‘Brock’)
  • Males are called boars, females are sows and young are cubs
  • There are around 34,000 badgers in Scotland
  • They can be found in a wide range of habitats including moorlands, woodlands and urban areas

Badgers are under threat

Both badgers and their setts are protected by law. Sadly they still face a number of threats. These include being killed on the roads, habitat loss and disturbance, and persecution including baiting.

What can I do to help?

 There are lots of ways you can get involved to help protect badgers during Scottish Badger Week and beyond:

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