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Badger watching at Wakehurst

A rare chance to watch badgers going about their lives deep within the woodland. Tuesdays from 10 April to 25 September 2018.

Event details

Every Tuesday from 10 April to 25 September 2018. Times vary.

The hide is located at the Loder Valley nature reserve.

Meet at the Gardeners Arms pub at the designated time.


Adults: £12
Children (7 years old +): £6

Book your place in our hide today.

Badgers up close

Join us in the Loder Valley nature reserve where our knowledgeable warden will be on hand to explain about the badgers and point out where they live. You'll find out about their habits and about the setts they live in deep underground.

Both adults and children will love this rare opportunity to see the badgers up close on these special evenings.

Our purpose-built hide is concealed in the undergrowth. Its rustic interior has a long viewing window where you can watch the badgers forage, eat and play right before your eyes – almost within touching distance.

The following dates are now SOLD OUT: 1,15, 22, 29, May; 5,12 June; 24 July.

Book now!

Essential information

Badgers vary their activity depending on the season, weather and time of darkness. 

They tend to first appear at the hide well before nightful. We don't want to disturb them, so we aim to arrive at least an hour before darkness. Do take note of the start times on the booking form as they vary across the year. 

In case of allergies, please take note that peanuts are fed to the badgers and are stored inside the hide.

Don't be put off by the weather! Badgers come out in heavy rain, storms and even snow.  Our activity will end once they've departed from their sett, so around 9.30pm-10pm.

It's around half a mile walk - partly on tarmac road- to reach the hide from the Gardeners Arms. The last third is a steep descent. The mud and grass path can get slippery so you must wear stout walking shoes or boots. Make sure everyone in your group is prepared.

Lastly, to protect the badgers, photography with any form of camera is not permitted.

Public transport is not available at the times of badger watching. The nearest train station is Haywards Heath, and a taxi can be obtained both to and from the Gardeners Arms.