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Not far from me is the "Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre" which is basically a (largish) managed habitat on the edge of Rutland Water.

Surprisingly (for the 70's) when the Rutland reservoir was built they set aside a chunk of land and financed various plantings, lagoon digging and even on-going staffing of a diverse wetland/woodland area - which is now an SSSI and all sorts of good things.......

 

A few weeks ago we went (at some godforsaken time of the morning) on a Dawn Chorus walk.... where we wandered around the site accompanied by a "Ranger" (in our case the Chief Habitat Officer) where we saw and more obviously heard, and had identified, a wide range of the birdlife on the estate. Everything from Warblers (Reed, Willow etc), Tits and even Nightingales.... all followed by a few croissants and a cup of coffee in their training centre...

 

Anyway - while wandering and chatting at dawn two other "attractions" were mentioned....

A Badger Watch and a Bat Walk - both carried out late into the evening/gloaming/dusk....

 

Now - we have bats that flit about our house most evenings and very few opportunities to see badgers (although we have picked up one on our trail camera in the past) therefore we decided to book on the next Badger Watch (which was actually last night)....

 

Duly wrapped up in warm clothes and armed with cameras, binoculars and a hot flask we trundled along and all crammed into a garden shed... OK OK into a luxuriously equipped "Hide" (No really it was a garden shed with a floor board nailed onto a couple of floor joists at "bench height")....

Kick off was 9pm but for pretty obvious reasons not a lot happens for an hour or so.... A couple of Muntjac deer and a rat or two... plus a few hundred bats flitting about the clearing....

A bit later "Brock" came bumbling along and "did his stuff" for 20 mins 1/2 hour.....

We had all forgotten our cramped and by now fairly fetid environment and were fully into the antics.. when much to our surprise about 50 yards in front of the hide we spotted what appeared to be a group of Elves moving through the forest paths... lanterns glowing and swinging as they walked.........

But as the party approached we realised that far from being woodland sprites they were a large group of oafs in heavy boots laughing and chatting about their evening....

As could be pretty reasonably presumed the "Star of our show" the badger had made a hasty retreat and was now long gone.......

 

Our warden sneaked out of the hide to see what these oafs were upto.....

 

Would you F*&%ng believe it!!!!

They were the "Twilight Bat Walk"...... organised by the same team as the Badger Watch..... Tramping straight through the middle of the clearing directly in from of the Badger Hide.....

 

You couldn't make it up!!!!

 

Fortunately we had had a good amount of time watching the badger.... but.... well just BUT!!!!


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Many years ago my family went on a similar jaunt to your Badger Watch.

Pitch black in the middle of a very large forest.

The baits were in place and silence was observed.

After a couple of hours a cough was heard. The lights were slowly brought up...cameras were reached for....

and the leopard was on the bait.

The cough was the leopard.

 

No problem with bat watchers that night, nor any other I suspect!

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