Badger safaris at Wark Forest

SAFARIS with a difference have been launched to let nature lovers glimpse an elusive creature.

A Eurasian badger relaxing
A Eurasian badger relaxing

SAFARIS with a difference have been launched to let nature lovers glimpse an elusive creature.

Kielder Water and Forest Park, in Northumberland, is a haven for the badger, but they are hard to spot and mostly active at night.

Badgers spend long hours underground in their multi- chambered setts, or dens.

Now rangers have come up with a solution by staging twilight badger safaris to a secret location in Wark Forest, part of Kielder, tomorrow and on May 14.

Richard Gilchrist, chief recreation ranger, said: “Seeing badgers and their cubs emerge from their dens is absolutely magical.

“Some setts can be hundreds of years old. Wildlife spotting doesn’t get much better than this.”

The event is part of Wild about Kielder season, celebrating the plant and animal life found in the huge reserve.

A minibus will take people into the forest and bookings for the trips must be made by ringing 01434 250209.

The trips start at 8pm and cost £10 per person.

 

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