Boat of Garten Wildlife Group
Strathspey Badger Hide
The hide has now closed for its winter break and due to the coronavirus outbreak will now not reopen until 1st May at the earliest, possibly even later. Please check back here for updates.
The hide is an independent project managed
under the umbrella of the Boat of Garten Community Company Wildlife
Group. It was was set up in 1996 to provide people of all ages
with the chance to watch wild badgers at close quarters. The hide was
built with the help of funds from Scottish Natural Heritage. We
ask our guests for a small contribution which we suggest as follows:
Adults - £10
The money raised is used to fund all of the projects undertaken by the Boat of Garten Wildlife Group. In addition to maintaining the Badger Hide and its associated nest boxes your kind contributions help us manage Milton Loch and its Bird Hide, equip and run trail camera surveys in the Boat of Garten vicinity, maintain feeding stations for red squirrels and small birds in Deshar Woods, run a specialist nest box programme for crested tits and support the local Ranger.
The hide is normally open from March to November inclusive (for a winter visit please phone to discuss) but please be aware that badger watching in high summer can be a very late night affair. The usual routine is to meet at a prearranged place a little before dusk, drive to an estate, climb a gate and a stile and then wander across a field to the hide. At the hide we scatter peanuts for the badgers to find and then wait. Nearby we have nest box projects for goldeneye duck, small birds, kestrel and pine marten. There are no guarantees as to what we will see but, in addition to badgers, the possibilities include pine marten, brown hare, goldeneye duck, tawny or barn owl, otter, roe deer, woodmouse and a range of common birds.
Photography is usually possible through the windows of the hide and many of our guests leave with stunning pictures of badgers, pine martens and other wild creatures. Much depends on the weather, behaviour of the animals and how full the hide is. If you would like exclusive access to the hide for your photography please ask when booking and we can probably come to some arrangement.
Booking enquiries can be made by emailing
Please include in your email:
Your name, phone numbers,
email address, the date or period you would like to visit and how many
adults and children in your party.
Alternatively just phone me on +44(0)1479 831768 or +44(0)7787 323264