Spend an afternoon and evening learning about the life cycle and habits of badgers, how to tell a badger sett from a rabbit hole and how to watch them in the wild.
The course starts off with an illustrated talk, followed by a two hour leisurely walk over the beautiful rough countryside around Assington Mill farm where you will be shown identifying features such as footprints, dung pits and setts. We are now almost surrounded by three Suffolk Wildlife Trust nature reserves.
After a big high tea in the farmhouse kitchen, we will dress up warmly for an evening in the woods waiting for the badgers to emerge. This involves standing still and not talking or moving for about an hour or more, but we can bring stools if necessary. Obviously we cannot guarantee that you will see a badger, but most people find just the experience of standing quietly in a wood and listening to the birdsong at the end of the day almost as rewarding. And May is the time to see the cubs, and they are not as wary of humans as the adults.
If you find this course fully booked, do ring 01787 229955 and put yourself on the reserve list in case people have to drop out at the last minute.
Comments from previous attendees:
Thank you both so very much for a most interesting and totally enjoyableafternoon/evening immersed in your kind hospitality. We both learnt so much about Badgers. It was marvellous to be rewarded for our patience to actually see a badger....who we have named Baloo....delighting us all with a very amusing scratching display. We could not believe just how big it was and how it just seemed to 'shoot' out of the hole/set. It was a most wonderful day and one we would heartily recommend. Thanking you both once again. Linda & Barry K.
A lifetime first! One and a half badgers is (are) a very good start, and now I know what to look out for. Andy S.
Fantastic day, really informative and great fun. Amazed how hard it is to keep still when watching! Highly recommended. Chris E.
Loved it! Very well organised, but still very relaxed. Saw hare, deer and badger. Would recommend it to others. Julie S.
Well organised trip.
Fantastic to see the badgers. Good work done by Bob and Anne. Great food. J. R.
Very informative talk. Great balance between listening and doing. I know what I need to look out for. Beautiful venue. What a fantastic time! Brilliant from start to finish. I will definitely be recommending you to friends and family. Thank you! Jo
Fantastic experience, would recommend to friends and family. A perfect evening. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole afternoon/evening. Knowledgeable and fun. Food was excellent. Thank you. Laura
Thank you for such a warm welcome and such pleasurable hospitality. Feels like being with family. A really enjoyable afternoon/evening reconnecting with nature. Linda B.
Absolutely loved it, couldn’t do anything to change/improve. Just perfect – thank you. Andrea P.
Excellent – good fun. Neil. W.
[May 2015: together we had eight badger sightings; were shouted at by a Roe deer and heard some snatches of nightingale song]
What words can one use to describe this fascinating course? It was filled with so much information, much of which bob had experienced first hand, making it even more special and then the thrill of being outside, the silence only disturbed by none other than a nightingale, eagerly awaiting the appearance of these amazing black and white creatures and we were not disappoin ted. Being so close to these animals, waitching them in their natural habitat was awesome. Thank you for the experience and the usual high standard of hospitality. Best wishes, Val
Many thanks to Anne and Bob for an amazing time on the badgers course. Bob shared all of his knowledge about badgers and we learned so much walking around Assington Mill seeing the badger setts, runs & paw prints in the ground. After a delicious high tea we were fortunate enough to see lots of badgers with their cubs in the beautiful woodland setting. It was a thrill seeing them dig and change their bedding - all to the song of a nightingale in the trees above! What a magical evening! Caroline H.
What to Bring
- Warm and dark or neutral-coloured clothing, non-rustling if possible.
- Hat and gloves to protect you from the midges, if there are any.
- Strong boots or wellies (useful for bogs and nettles)
- Insect repellent if wanted.