Badger watching evening

CANCELLED Enjoy this rare chance to watch badgers in their natural habitat in our beautiful Loder Valley Nature Reserve.





April: 7pm 

May – September: 7.30pm 

The evening is around 2 hours long


Loder Valley Nature Reserve

Meet at the Gardeners Arms pub, Ardingly, West Sussex



Adults only/16+

In light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are sorry to inform you that this event has been cancelled. For more information, please see our Tickets and prices page.

Join us for an evening of badger watching in the stunning Wakehurst landscape.

You'll get to enjoy a rare glimpse of these nocturnal creatures in their natural habitat.

Our experienced Loder Valley Nature Warden, Steven Robinson, will lead the way through the beautiful woodland valley to our purpose-built badger hide which is nestled in the idyllic Nature Reserve.

Take a seat and watch these amazing animals through the viewing window as they forage, eat and play, almost within touching distance.

Learn about their behaviour, how they live in underground setts and about the other wildlife that makes its home here.

Experience a whole new world coming to life after dark.

Important information 


  • 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 unpredictable
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to offer refunds should you not see badgers
  • In case of allergies, please take note that peanuts are fed to the badgers and are stored inside the hide

What to wear

  • Please ensure that everyone in your group wears appropriate clothing and 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

No photography

  • 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 bringing a drink of water 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 pub

  • 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 pub

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You can catch a glimpse of secretive badgers and colourful kingfishers on our Twilight Nature Tour