Badger Watching

  1. Find a badger sett. The ideal sett is in the open where you can watch using binoculars from a distance of 50m away. Such setts are few so visit your chosen active sett during the mornings.
  2. Ideal season is spring and summer.
  3. Decide on the sett’s most active area - one with padded down earth, and/or fresh digging and bedding.
  4. Walk around sett area to find viewing spots downwind according to various wind directions. Practice safest, quietest routes in.
  5. Allow several days to pass before watching.
  6. Check weather forecast, avoid rainy or windy weather.
  7. Arrive 1 hour before sunset.
  8. Wear warm, dark, quiet clothing and boots. Remember insect repellent.
  9. Take binos and use them (best are 8x40s) and a foam square to sit on.
  10. Near sett check wind and move to be downwind or cross wind.
  11. If you are using peanuts throw to where you can see badgers eating them.
  12. Sit or stand in front of a tree rock or bank to avoid being silhouetted against lighter background.
  13. Wait, listen, smell and watch. Patience!
  14. Freeze when badger emerges until it settles to groom or forage.
  15. Now you can breathe again!
  16. Eventually badgers will trot away to forage and this is the time to creep away.



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Available Monday to Friday

Operations Co-ordinator

T: 07866 844232


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