In 2004 a few members of DCBG were able to secure a place to erect a hide above a sett and during the summer of 2005 it was in place.
The hide is used for watching badgers at the sett during British Summer Time.
Any maintenance work on the hide takes place in the winter.
An automatic camera is used during the early Spring to find out how many cubs have been born and how the small group has faired over the winter.
In 2006 3 cubs were born, making 6 badgers in total.
In 2007 no cubs were born. All over the country cubs were born later than usual and it's a debatable issue whether the periods of drought around the UK during the Spring had an impact on birthing.
In 2007 2 dead badgers were also found in the surrounding fields. There was no indication of cause of death and were decomposed, but one was suspected as being a cub from the previous year.
In the early part of 2008 between 2 and 3 badgers were seen. Very little "watching" took place during the year.
In 2009 for a couple of weeks 2 sows and 4 cubs were seen before they relocated to another part of their territory.
Hide Visits - when the badgers are at the hide sett!
2010 - SORRY, WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER VISITS AT THE CURRENT TIME.
It is possible to offer hide tours and a few interested members are able to escort up to 6 people at one time (fitting it in around their lives!). The trip involves meeting near the site, walking through a field and farm yard, climbing a stile about an hour before dusk (or earlier).
The whole group remains in the hide silently until the badgers emerge and move away to forage. There are no 'facilities' and you may be out for 5 hours.
The age limit is 10 years, but in the interests of the badgers, if any of the party is unable to keep quiet and still for 3 to 4 hours, it is probably not the activity for them! Visitors should wear warm, 'quiet' clothes and be 'perfume-free'. No food or beverages may be taken.
DCBG is obliged to carry Third Party insurance and a donation of £5 per person is required to cover this cost.