Badger PhotoArks™

My field badgers live in a large sett located within a mature hedgerow at the foot of a hill. My unique PhotoArk™ hides and automatic peanut feeder are situated in a narrow strip of land, set-aside for wild bird seed and bees. The hides face West with the sun setting to the front and right of the hide, gilding the badgers in warm evening sidelight and backlight.

Directly in front of the hide, the terrain is completely flat, with the mature hedgerow to your left. The viewing is very clear and the backdrop is short vegetation and the slope of the field (several hundred metres away) producing beautiful distraction-free foregrounds and backgrounds. Everything is natural and I do as little ‘manacuring’ of the habitat as possible, leaving the wildflowers to grow naturally wherever possible.The automatic feeder is timed to drop peanuts during the early evening and I also put out a selection of earthworms, mealworms, honey, and peanut butter in the logs and holes dug into the ground, out of sight.

Updated 18th July 2017: On the whole, the badgers are showing very well with a high success rate. Badgers being badgers decide when they want to come out and client’s experiences have ranged from 6:45pm through to 9:00pm emergences. Once out and allowed to feed and settle, the badgers are nice and relaxed and show little notice of the camera shutter (expect for the Canon 1DX mk1 or mk2 as the shutter is disturbingly loud). Follow us for updates:  | |

These unique PhotoArk™ hides are now OPEN! You can now photograph badgers at ground-level in natural surroundings. Meeting time is strictly 5:30pm. Open every day. Evening sessions are £100. Overnight stay is recommended but optional.

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At a glance...

Current StatusOpenEQV Focal LengthMin. 400mm | Subject: ~4-12m
Star AttractionEuropean Badger (Meles meles)Shooting AnglesFaces 240° West
Lighting None/NaturalConnectivityIntermittent 3G/4G
No. of PhotogsOne per PhotoArk™AccessNarrow hatch into hide
HabitatMature hedgerow, open fieldFeederPeanut feeder
Viewing500x800mm window, scrim nettingSeasonMay to August
HidePhotoArkPrice£100

The Badger PhotoArks™

I have two PhotoArks™ in position for the badgers. For their size, a surprisingly comfortable space awaits you, with internal measurements of 2.3m (8ft) in length, 1.9m (6ft) wide and over 1m (4ft) high. There’s plenty of room for your camera bags and food. At the front, a shutter and black scrim, keep you out of sight, but allow you to have a good view across the scene. The entrance to these unorthodox hides is a relatively narrow hatchway measuring 500mm wide by x 800mm high and you crawl in head first.

It may sound strange, but it’s probably the best view of badgers without laying in the field pretending to be a peanut! A lot more agreeable on the joints too! I do recommend staying overnight as there is less chance of disturbing the badgers. The hatch door has spring-loaded bolts for security. There is an inflatable mattress, sleeping bag, and internal light provided inside.

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A stunning job!

After spending a few sessions in your Badger hides this summer, thought I would put a few lines together to say how well you have done them. They are comfortable and well thought out, offering ground level views. Equipped with plates to mount tripod head, comfortable mat to lie on, and mattress for those who wish to stay the night (even a small fan if you’re getting to hot).

Positioned to take full advantage of the low evening sun, which on the evenings I was in the hide bathed the feeding area in a lovely soft light, backgrounds where clean ,a large field stretching into the distance. The badgers started to come in just after 7.30 and where back and forth till after it was dark. During the time I spent in the hide, around six badgers where active, along with a young fox, so you can be kept quite busy.

All in all Elliot has done a stunning job, and put a lot of work, and thought into the hides, to ensure you can get the best out of your time, in comfortable conditions, and can achieve the best results possible

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Carl Mckie Professional Badger PhotoArks™ July 17, 2017

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Photographing from the PhotoArk™

Each PhotoArk™ is designed for a single photographer to use exclusively, with two PhotoArks™ in position side-by-side. You won’t be sharing, so please do not worry about getting in anybody’s way. These hides are designed for low-level photography, standing just 30cm from the ground. I offer complimentary use of my tripod ground plates – constructed from machined metal block, with a ⅜ thread, they are perfect for mounting a tripod-head. They enable you to move the camera position from side to side, while providing a rock-solid platform for your camera and lens.

There is space if you prefer to use a tripod, but I recommend using the plates for the lower angle. Simply bolt your tripod head on to the plate and away you go. If you want to use your tripod, then it needs to open wide for low-level work. Alternatively you can used a double beanbag.  To increase your comfort, padded rubber flooring has been installed along with a self-inflating camping mattress and cushioned pad.

The hide is completely blacked out inside, but there is enough light coming through the front window for to set-up your gear, plus a small overhead LED light. It is advisable to bring a head-torch for overnight stays. The PhotoArks™ are fully insulated, so during the night the ambient temperature inside the hides remains comfortable. If you’re staying through the night, a larger inflatable AeroBed mattress will be provided – just let me know at the time of booking and select the “Overnight” option.

Badger Hide Booking

When open, the form below will take you through the live availability, booking and payment. Payment can be made directly with a valid payment card using our new secure Stripe gateway, or via PayPal. You do not require a PayPal account, just a valid debit or credit card. Simply select “Checkout as Guest” when you’re redirected to PayPal.

Upon payment, you will immediately receive a booking confirmation email – please contact me ASAP if you do not receive this. Shortly before your booking date, you will also receive full joining instructions via email, including the meeting location. I have also put together a comprehensive guide to photographing badgers at the hide which I highly recommend reading before your session.

For lunch, dinner and B&B reservations at The Royal Oak in Bishopstone, please call 01793 790481 or email them at royaloak@helenbrowningorganics.co.uk 

In order to protect the animal’s welfare, there is a zero tolerance policy against leaving the hides unescorted. Please do not leave the hide and walk about. Bring a container to urinate in (see FAQs for more info). There are no public rights of way and your excursions will disturb the wildlife, possibly causing irreparable damage to the location. Please understand that this is for the wildlife’s protection. Hidden trail cameras monitor the site at all times.

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