There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest an increase in Scotland’s badger population but few hard facts on population density or distribution.
NFU Scotland and government agency NatureScot are to combine their efforts to fill the knowledge gaps and support survey work on badger populations and their impact on farming and biodiversity.
Chairman of NFUS’s environment and land use committee, Angus MacFadyen, said: " We would like to encourage as many members as possible to take part in our short online survey which will run from now into March.
"We also encourage them to contact NatureScot whenever they become aware of, or suspect they have badger activity on their land.
“Establishing a true record of populations and their activity, is essential to help influence policy going forward and enable us to enhance biodiversity benefits without compromising on agriculture production.
The survey can be accessed on www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LX7DDQV