52 Wild Things to Do in 2012: Watch badgers

There’s something about badger watching that heightens the senses. You sit quietly in the fading light, the calm punctuated only by snatches of birdsong, the breeze and bustlings in the undergrowth, willing those stripy black-and-white noses to appear.

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There’s something about badger watching that heightens the senses. You sit quietly in the fading light, the calm punctuated only by snatches of birdsong, the breeze and bustlings in the undergrowth, willing those stripy black-and-white noses to appear.

Seeing these much-loved mammals is relatively easy. Start by contacting your local Badger Group. Some organise sett watches, others arrange sessions in hides and a few will take you on a guided walk. Or book into a B&B that feeds badgers on its patio or lawn.

If you’d prefer to spot Brock under your own steam, you’ll need to locate an active sett. Search for fresh piles of soil, tracks and latrines, check if the paths are clear and well trodden, and scrutinise fences for snagged hair. Arrive an hour before dusk (approach downwind) and keep as quiet as you can.

Spring brings the cubs above ground, exploring their surroundings, playing games of rough-and-tumble and learning how to forage. Why not make return visits over the summer to watch them grow into adults?

 

Click here to read the rest of our 52 Things To Do in 2012.

Read how to understand badger behaviour here.

Enjoy Neil Aldridge's fantastic badger image gallery here

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