Night Time Wildlife Adventure
About the event
As day turns to dusk, you’ll walk through the serene woodlands of Brown Robin nature reserve with our knowledgeable Reserve Officer, taking in the sights and sounds of the season. In spring, it’s swathed with bluebells and wild garlic, while autumn brings a peppering of colourful waxcap fungi. Look to the horizon for views of Morecambe Bay glittering in the distance.
Your destination for the evening is an under-canvas hide, carefully positioned on the edge of the woods to overlook a badger sett – the den where they slumber during the day. Take a seat on the benches, get cosy with blankets and cushions, then settle in for some wildlife-spotting.
We’ll have binoculars for you to use, as well as night-vision equipment so that you can get a really good look at the badgers foraging, playing and exploring. We’ll also use bat detectors to capture the sounds of bat calls – normally too high-pitched for humans to hear – allowing us to ID the different species swooping overhead. Keep your eyes peeled for deer and foxes roaming through the undergrowth.
Making our way back through the woods under the cover of darkness, spying more nocturnal wildlife as we go, we’ll head to the Woodland Workshop. Gather around the open fire for a bowl of something warming and delicious – think steaming soup, plus marshmallows toasted over the fire until gooey and perhaps a mug of hot chocolate.
This experience is led by Peter Jones, one of our Reserve Officers, and our Woodland Warden, Tony Saunders. It's best for people who are physically mobile, able to walk through potentially tricky terrain on the reserve and sit quietly in the badger hide. Families are welcome, though children should be old enough to focus for a longer period of time and understand the need to be quiet in order to see the wildlife emerge.
Expect to spend around 3.5 hours with us, which may vary slightly depending on which wildlife we see and when!
We had a great time, thank you! Our first time seeing badgers in the wild. We thought the set up was really great at the hide, and we especially liked the lovely wood workshop where we had the soup and hot choc. Well organised and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
Images: Steve Finch
Additional booking informationPLEASE NOTE: If there aren't enough tickets left on your chosen date, get in touch as we may be able to help.
Suitable forFamilies, Children, Adults, Experts, Beginners
Know before you go
This event is best for people who are physically mobile and able to walk through potentially tricky terrain on the reserve.
What to bring
- Warm Clothing - You’ll be outside the whole time, so dress appropriately for the season and be prepared for changeable weather. Bring layers, plus a hat and gloves. Sturdy boots are a must for walking through the woodland – please note that the ground may be muddy.
- Waterproofs - Bring a waterproof jacket, even if the weather is fine – it's best to avoid getting caught short! You could also bring waterproof trousers as an extra layer for your legs.
- Other - During warmer months, you might also want to bring insect repellent.