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Boat of Garten Wildlife Group

Strathspey Badger Hide

Badger at the hide     Pine marten near the hide
Badgers are virtually certain to be seen at the hide and pine marten sightings are now also fairly common

The hide is an independant 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
Accompanied children (under 17) - no contribution expected

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 progamme for crested tits and support the local Ranger. 

otter     roe buck near the hide
Otters are occasionally seen from the hide; roe deer are regular visitors

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.

ringinr a tawny chick near the hide   Goldeneye duck
Conservation work is carried out near the hide.  Here you see a tawny owl chick being ringed and a goldeneye duck guarding eggs

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 here.

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.
Please bear in mind that the hide is quite small and will only take a maximum of six guests, plus our guide, per visit

Alternatively just phone me on   +44(0)1479 831768   or   +44(0)7787 323264

Allan Bantick OBE
Honorary Manager
Strathspey Badger Hide