Our hide is dedicated to photographing badgers under natural conditions. During the summer months the nights are short, enabling you to photograph animals in daylight.
Our Badger photography hide is located a short distance from Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park within a peaceful woodland setting. This allows you to photograph and watch these timid creatures from a respectful distance, as they forage the woodland floor and interact with each other in the early evening light.
Ideal for single photographer use, although hide can accommodate two people.
Photos are all in natural daylight in the summer months.
Hide is halfway down a woodland hill, so many shots potentially at eye-level.
Also potential for backlit pictures from the end of the hide facing the sunset.
Scrim netting is provided with slits for lenses.
Shelf and screw fitting for tripod head incorporated.
Our guide will meet you and walk you to the hide location.
The hide is bookable on an exclusive basis for an evening. No artificial light is provided, so higher ISOs are needed because of the woodland shade. The consequence of this will depend on the camera being used, but some examples of pictures taken are shown in the website gallery, with the lens/speed/aperture details given on a selection. Flash cannot be used under any circumstances. Tripods can be used, but they are not ideal. We advise the use of beanbags, or you can transfer your tripod head to a screw provided in the shelf.
Scrim netting is provided with slits for lenses. You will be very close to the badgers, so it is essential to be very quiet, although there is carpet on the floor to deaden sound. It is also important to wear non-rustling clothing. A fleece is ideal and much better than a waterproof jacket. The usual advice applies about wearing hats and gloves to make you less visible; even with scrim net, if a low sun is shining directly into the hide, any movement will be noticeable to the Badgers.
Our guide will meet you at the appointed time and walk you to the hide and ensure you are settled.
Access - There is a short walk, less than 5 minutes on a wide track and then a downhill path, from the meeting point to the hide. Please remember to bring a torch, as the walk back to your car may be in the dark.
We look forward to welcoming guests back into the Cairngorms. We shall be following all Government health and welfare instructions and have put in place our own regimes to ensure the safety of our guides and guests.
A hygiene regime has been implemented, so we include a health form with all booking confirmations, that we need you to complete just prior to your viewing date. Hand sanitiser will be available as you go into the hide and we ask all guests to wear masks, either your own, or those we can provide. In addition, your booking confirmation will give extra handy hints about the evening so that you can maximise the enjoyment from your visit.
In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.
Speyside Wildlife has 29 years of experience in organising wildlife-watching day trips, tours and holidays within the UK and Overseas. We cater for a wide variety of wildlife-watchers, from the dedicated wildlife enthusiasts to those who simply wish to include some wildlife-watching as part of their holiday. We offer an Evening Mammal Watching Experience, Guided Days Out and all-inclusive holidays around the world.
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