Night-Time Wildlife Adventure
'We saw 4 badgers, 3 deer, multiple bats and could listen to owls! We loved it. The guides were so friendly and knowledgeable. The event was well planned, and even the soup and hot chocolate was delicious.'
Experience the thrill of an after-dark adventure and discover how nocturnal creatures make the world their own once the sun goes down. 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.
'Was excellent. Pete & Tony very knowledgeable and interacted well with all. Our first experience of seeing live badgers so thank you!'
This experience is led by Peter Jones, one of our Reserve Officers, and our Woodland Warden, Tony Saunders.
Please note, this event is best for people who are physically mobile, able to walk through potentially tricky terrain on the reserve and sit quietly in the badger hide. Individuals, couples and 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.
When is it?
This event runs every Thursday evening from 6 May to 30 September 2021, with two further sessions on 21 and 28 October 2021. Start times vary depending on the time of year. Expect to spend around 3.5 hours with us, which may change slightly according to what wildlife we see and when!
- A warming bowl of soup is provided when we arrive back at the woodland workshop, followed by marshmallow toasting over the open fire!
- Drink Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cordial are available.
- We'll have binoculars, night-vision equipment and bat detectors ready to use at the hide. You can bring your own binoculars if you prefer.
What will I need to bring?
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.
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.
Good to know
During warmer months, you might also want to bring insect repellent.