Scottish Badger Week is an exciting new partnership between the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Scottish Badgers.

Running between Saturday 20 May and Sunday 28 May, Scottish Badger Week aims to offer a range of opportunities to learn about, and get involved in protecting, this iconic and much-loved species.

As our largest surviving carnivore, badgers are a vital part of Scotland’s biodiversity and landscape. Sadly they are under threat from persecution, habitat loss and road deaths.

Get involved in learning more about this much-loved species and do your bit to help protect them for future generations.

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

What’s happening?

From badger watches to information sessions, there are lots of exciting opportunities to learn more about badgers and to find out how you can help at Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve near Lanark.

Saturday 20 May 2017, 7pm: Badger Watch – evening walk to an open-air viewing area learning about badgers as you go. Have the Includes a 45 minute walk to the sett. Over 8 years only. Booking Essential 

Monday 22 May, 7:30pm: Live Badger Watch – tune in to the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Facebook page for a live badger watch. Experts from the Trust and Scottish Badgers will be on hand to answer your questions.

Saturday 27 May 2017, 7pm: Family Badger Watch – evening walk to an open air viewing area learning about badgers as you go. Includes a 45 minute walk to the sett. Perfect for families with children aged 5,  you might even see some cubs! Booking Essential

Sunday 28 May 2017, 1pm – 3pm: Drop-in session – find out all about badgers, volunteering opportunities and take a walk around the reserve to look for signs of brock!

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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