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Badger Watch Dorset
Reviewed 16 October 2013

We saw badgers from the moment the light fading and on and off until 8.45pm when we left. Neither of us had seen these most striking creatures before and it was a magical experience- highly recommended. You need to keep quiet, that's all, so probably resist taking rustly snacks, although we had a flask of hot chocolate which didn't disturb the badgers- they are used to a little noise,

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Reviewed 13 October 2012

I organised an evening of badger watching as part of a week long break in Dorset. I booked by phone and the lady who took the booking also explained they have some Barn Owls nesting in boxes too. I looked the location up online so I had a visual image of the building which was helpful when we came to find it.

We arrived around 18:15 for an 18:30 start. It was early October and we were the only ones there. A lady duly arrived and walked us up to the hides. It's slightly uphill over rough grass - walking boots or wellies are a must. It's well worth paying attention to the route as even with a torch it's slightly tricky finding your way back to the car park.

The hides are rustic but comfortable enough. The reading lights in the right hand hide don't work until the floodlights come on. The reading lights in the left hide work all the time.

As we arrived one badger was already feeding. The lady cautioned us to be quiet as badgers have sensitive hearing and can be startled. During the course of the next 30 minutes we saw 8 badgers feeding at the same time. The approach of the badgers in the twilight is amazing - first you see their heads in the long grass then more as they emerge. The owners sprinkle peanuts to attract the badgers and the badgers stay as long as the peanuts last before slinking off, one by one, back into the long grass.

We stayed about 90 minutes. The floodlights didn't come on until 19:25, long after the last badger had left. So most of our viewing was in twilight/near darkness - thus it was only possible to take camera shots for the first few minutes.

We didn't see the owls but we heard the characteristic noises of young owls in the nest box.

A magical experience and well worth doing.

Thank NickALondon
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

I took my partner to Old Henley farm as a surprise and it did not disappoint. The lady who welcomed us was very helpful and friendly - a great start. The location was clearly marked once we had found the little village. We were taken to the hide as soon as we got there (6.30pm) and had already seen our first prolonged sighting of a badger within 15mins. The log book that is in the hide is extremely helpful and lets you know roughly what time these creatures of habit tend to emerge from their sett. The hides are very well made. They are comfortable with flood lights that come on slowly so as not to startle the badgers. They also have reading lights inside and information packs on badgers. You have the option of staying until dawn should you so wish, and as such it is important to bring a torch with you in order to make your way back to your car. I would recommend bringing some sustenance with you, as though you do not have to wait long to see badgers, you will likely want to stay there for a few hours. There is a handy toilet located at the car park.
A lovely evening out - my partner loved the surprise (I hope), and we will certainly go back.

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Reviewed 26 August 2010

Badger Watch at Old Henley Farm is a wonderful experience. We visited in August 2010. We were taken over to the hide at just before 6.45pm. The lady was very informative and made us feel very welcome. Try and remember to take a torch for the trip back to the car, but if you forget they will lend you one. As there is a lot of sitting around and waiting it’s a good idea to take a drink or snack with you. We sat waiting and watching for about an hour, there is a book in the hide that other people have filled in this gives you a good indication of the time the badgers come out. We spotted our first badger at about 7.35pm, seeing this little black and white head peering down at us was one of the most magical experiences I have had. For anybody lucky enough to see a badger in the wild then this may not have been as magical but for somebody like me who has only seen them dead on the roadside it was great. The first popped out for only a few moments but within half an hour we had one eating in front of the hide. Not long after more followed and we were lucky enough to see 7 all at the same time it was stunning watching them graze. We could have stayed all night but had a long journey home. We left on a high knowing we would be back one day. This place is special and as long as you have patience and can be quiet you will have a good evening.

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