Interested in learning more about badgers?
Join Emily Platt, Species Protection Co-ordinator from the charity Scottish Badgers for a free workshop to learn about how badgers live, the threats they face and how to look for badger setts & signs in the field. Starting with an indoor session, Emily will take you through badger biology & ecology; legislation & badger crime; and an introduction to badger surveying including survey planning, Health & Safety, field signs, map work and recording. This will be followed by an afternoon fieldwork session consisting a guided visit to a badger sett after which attendees would carry out a practice survey on a nearby site with known badger presence.
This is a joint initiative between Inner Forth Landscape Partnership and Scottish Badgers (www.scottishbadgers.org.uk). For those attending the course, there will also be further opportunity to practice your survey skills on full-day, guided surveys on Wednesday 5th April 2017 from 10am to 4pm (north of the Forth estuary) & Saturday 8th April 2017 from 10am to 4pm (south of the Forth estuary).
Essential details: Meet at the Blackness Sailing Club. There is plenty of free on road parking in Blackness Village. Please bring a packed lunch and a drink. Tea, coffee & biscuits will be provided during the morning indoor session. We will provide course handouts but you may wish to bring a notebook and pen to take your own notes. For the outdoor session, please bring a torch and clipboard if you have them. As the afternoon session is out of doors, please dress sensibly for the changeable Scottish weather. We suggest waterproof jacket and layered clothing. The route may be muddy and will be uneven in places so walking boots/ stout footwear is required. There will be some work on un-even ground, slopes and off footpaths.