Introduction

Wild Time

Spring

Feel the beat of spring

Be dazzled by bluebells

Harken to a bittern's boom

Seek a swooping sand martin

Pen poetry among daffodils

Sway with dancing grebes

Get sent packing by a grouse

Take a ringside seat

Track down a tiger

Watch a rare sky dance

Chatter with a natterjack

Enjoy the great rush north

Look up in awe

Shine a light on newts

Eavesdrop on a nightingale

Go spotting early orchids

Follow a sat-tagged osprey

Gape at hunting hobbies

Nurse a passion for purple

Scour riverbanks for Ratty

Tip-toe among fritillaries

Summer

Hail the success of avocets

Go batty as night falls

Bewitched by a buttercup

Play the summertime blues

Thrill to damsels and dragonflies

Go after Dartford warbler

Make a splash with gannets

Stake out a badger sett

Hurrah for the king

Rejoice in Manxie's chorus

Delight in a glow worm

Fall for THE fastest bird

Be spellbound by orchids

Journey to a seabird city

Exalt at a skylark's song

Party with the puffins

Lounge with a lizard

Haunt a churring nightjar

Head seawards on safari

Discover the rare spoonbill

Join the toadlet exodus

Spot our largest butterfly

Wear a hat for terns

Hunt woodland beauties

Autumn

Admire our eager beavers

Marvel at migration

Forage for Autumn's bounty

Go nuts over squirrel nutkin

Ramble through purple

Gaze in awe at reds' rut

Wander in the wild wood

Cheer on the salmon run

Try a wild goose chase

Foray for fungi

Winter

Pay homage to the Russians

Go on a winter ghost hunt

Wonder at wintering waders

Fall in love with a seal pup

Hear Britain's tallest bird

Revel in roosting wagtails

Kiss beneath mistletoe

'Ooh' & 'aah' at murmurations

Lie in wait for an otter

Rock 'n' roll with geology

Wrap up for a raptor roost

Stake out a badger sett

Badger Badger © Andrew Mason

Set up a night-watch on a sett and be enchanted by badgers going about their business.

It’s impossible to watch a badger family and not start to get to know all the different characters.

Brock the badger is one of the most easily recognised of our mammals and the largest land carnivore. Yet for most people, the only time they will have seen one is as a sad casualty at the side of the road, or perhaps as a bumbling bottom rapidly crossing a country lane picked out in the car headlights.

The badger is a very sociable animal, living in large established family groups in extensive burrow systems known as a ‘sett’ which the family will inhabit for many generations. They are nocturnal animals, only emerging from their setts as dusk falls. But before they head out for their night of feeding, they have socialising to do. Badger society is a tightly knit one, and the animals will spend some time chatting, playing, fighting and scratching together. Parents groom their cubs, making sure the kids are looking their best and have washes behind their ears; cousins meet up to play around a fallen log; a father clears out the old bedding, dragging it to a heap nearby; and grumpy old grandmother tells them all to keep the noise down. It’s impossible to watch a badger family and not start to get to know all the different characters.

Nocturnal and usually shy of people, watching badgers on their home turf is a real eye opener.

How to do it

If you can’t get to the special places listed below…Away from their setts, badger can sometimes be encouraged to feeding stations. They are particularly partial to peanuts. But be warned, if you are a keen gardener: a family of badgers visiting your garden can be bad news for your lawn and flower bed.

Special spots

Let us do the hard work and join one of our badger watching events for some of the best opportunities to see them and watch their fascinating behaviour. It's worth a search on our What's On pages to see what's coming up - or book into one of the evenings below:

Hertfordshire: Between April and October you can see badgers up close from Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s specially designed mammal hide at Tewin Orchard near Welwyn. It’s one of the most magical wildlife watching experiences, with badgers coming as close as you are ever likely to experience – literally just a couple of feet! You will see other wildlife too including mice, rabbits, foxes, deer and occasionally, barn owls.

The hide is available to book for groups of up to 12 at a time, through Herts and Middlesex Badger Group and the Wildlife Trust also hosts special evenings there - check the Trust’s What’s On page to book. 

Rutland: Badger watching is also on the menu at Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust's reserve at  Rutland Water . The badger hide is situated close to the sett and here you can enjoy fantastic views as our resident family venture out on their evening forage. The Badger Watch evenings start at around dusk and go on for approximately two hours. Not only do you have a chance to see badgers but also other nocturnal creatures and previous highlights include tawny owl, barn owl, bats, foxes and muntjac deer. The hide is open in both Autumn and Spring and can be booked via the website .

Suffolk: Suffolk Wildlife Trust has a badger hide that people can book to visit from April to September. Details here .

Scotland: The Scottish Wildlife Trust runs a series of events from June through to August at the Falls of Clyde (New Lanark), which give fantastic opportunities for observing badgers. You can go on a 45 minute guided walk through the reserve, looking for nocturnal animals on the way, before arriving at the badger viewing area. June is the best time to be in with a chance of seeing the cubs. If you prefer a more luxurious experience, you can book a Luxury Badger Safari and be driven by the ranger to within five minutes of the viewing area. Cosy blankets, drinks and a souvenir are included! To book on an event, please visit here . Alternatively, you can contact the Ranger to arrange your own badger watch on a date that suits you.

Badger © Wildstock

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