Badger watching evening

A rare chance to see these amazing creatures in their woodland homes.


Date and time

Every Tuesday from 9 April to 10 September 2019.

Times vary.


Meet in the layby opposite the Gardeners Arms, Ardingly



£15 per person 

Adults only (16+)

For more information:
call +44 (0)1444 894067

About the event

Join us for this rare chance to experience a 'behind the scenes' glimpse of these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. 

Settle down to watch badgers going about their lives deep in the woodland. Our hugely experienced Loder Valley Nature Warden, Steve Robinson, will lead you through the wooded valley, and reveal the secrets of these amazing creatures that live with their familes in setts underground.

Wakehurst’s purpose-built badger hide is hidden in the idyllic Loder Valley Nature Reserve. Through the viewing window you'll be able to watch as they forage, eat and play right before your eyes, almost within touching distance.

Important information 


  • April: 7pm 
  • May - August: 7.30pm 
  • September: 7pm 

Finish times vary. The evening is around 2 hours long. 

Seeing badgers

  • Whilst we make every effort to ensure that your visit is a success, we cannot guarantee that you will see a badger. The chances are you will, and our warden will do everything he can to enable this to happen. But wild animals are sometimes unpredictable!
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to make a refund of your donation should this happen. Prompt arrival at the meeting point will help to avoid disappointment.
  • In case of allergies, please take note that peanuts are fed to the badgers and are stored inside the hide.

What to wear

  • Please dress for the weather and wear walking boots or trainers.
  • Please ensure that everyone in your group wears appropriate footwear and is made aware of the difficult terrain. Badgers have a very strong sense of smell so please avoid wearing perfume etc.

Access to the hide

  • A walk of approximately half a mile (about a 15 minute walk) partly on a tarmac road, is needed to reach the hide. The last third is a steep descent on sometimes slippery, mud and grass paths. 


  • To avoid undue disturbance to badgers and fellow badger watchers, photography with any form of camera is not permitted.

Items to bring

  • As we may be in the hide for two or more hours a drink is suggested.  
  • Due to the sensitive smell and acute hearing of the badgers, please refrain from bringing food.  
  • Whilst an excellent view of the badgers can be obtained with the naked eye, a pair of binoculars can help to observe tiny details.

Public transport to the meeting point at the Gardeners Arms

  • Public transport to this rural location will not be available for the times of badger watching.
  • Haywards Heath Railway Station is our nearest mainline link to London (approximately 45 mins to Victoria) and from there a taxi can be obtained costing approximately £15 each way. Your return taxi can be arranged by telephoning from the Gardeners Arms.

Other visits to the Loder Valley Nature Reserve

  • Entrance to the Reserve other than for badger watching is restricted to normal garden opening times.  Permission to gain free entry to the Reserve can be obtained on arrival at the ticket desk in our Visitor Centre.

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