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A purpose-built photography hide in a secluded valley in the Devon countryside offers a perfect opportunity to photograph an extensive and well-established badger sett in the company of expert Nick Garbutt.

Badgers are undoubtedly one of the UK’s most popular and best loved wild animals (at least by all those not connected with the farming community). Yet as they are primarily nocturnal and generally shy, they are usually difficult to see. However this well-positioned hide has been thoughtfully modified for photography (i.e. the glass can be removed the windows), and offers unimpeded views of the badgers as well as providing a perfect opportunity to take pictures.  

In addition the workshop will offer a chance to enjoy the splendours of nearby Exmoor*, where there are exceptional opportunities to capture images of habitat and landscape, plus a chance to photograph the iconic and eponymous ponies. There will be an indoor workshop on digital workflow*, during which you will learn Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop techniques to complement your field skills, allowing you to get the most from your digital images.

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive to the badger hide in Mid Devon by mid afternoon

    Make your own way to the badger location in mid-Devon by mid-afternoon (details and directions will be sent closer to departure), where you meet award-winning wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt. After your arrival, Nick will spend a couple of hours giving a general briefing on badgers, with advice on appropriate photographic techniques and tips. You then walk to the hide for an evening of around two hours badger watching and photography (roughly from 18:45 to 20:45).

    The badgers are fed and have become habituated to being watched, although it is still necessary to remain completely silent while in the hide. Several badgers at a time often forage right in front of the hide, and sometimes approach within two metres. The area in front of the hide is maintained in a natural state, with leaf-litter, tree-stumps and woodland plants and flowers providing an appropriate and photogenic setting for the badgers. 

  2. Day 2: Explore Exmoor or digital workflow tuition at Nick’s studio, and return to the hide

    Weather permitting, in the morning you drive for some 30 minutes across the moorland of Exmoor National Park for a session with Nick to photograph the area’s landscapes and habitats, which include beautiful areas of ancient oak woodland. Exmoor is also known for its iconic ponies, which you may have a chance to photograph during your visit.

    If the weather is inclement you will instead spend the day with Nick in his studio for a full session of digital workflow and Adobe Lightroom / Photoshop tuition.

    In the evening you head back to the hide for more badger photography opportunities.

    Lunch and refreshments provided.

You should note: * The Exmoor / indoor digital workflow elements of the programme will be influenced by the weather. Accommodation in Devon is not included

Key info

  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 2 days from £395 pp
  • Group size: 4
  • When to go: May-Jul
  • Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Exclusive access to the hide for two consecutive evenings
    • Lunch and refreshments on day 2
    • Photography tuition from Nick Garbutt, in his studio or in Exmoor National Park
  • Activities available:
    • Photography
    • Walking

Expert leader

Nick Garbutt

Photo of Nick Garbutt

An award-winning photographer and author, with a background in zoology, Nick has forged a career by combining these skills with leading tours and lecturing.

Nick has written and photographed several critically acclaimed books, including: ‘100 Animals to See Before They Die’, ‘Mammals of Madagascar: A Complete Guide’, ‘Wild Borneo’, and ‘Chameleons’. He is a regular contributor to international magazines such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Africa Geographic and Geographical.

Nick has twice been a winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. In 2000, he won the prestigious Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife. His photographs appear widely in books, calendars and other publications worldwide. He is a Special Lecturer on the MSc course in the Wildlife Photography and Imaging at Nottingham University, where he studied.

Featured location:

Exmoor National Park

Situated in the south west of Britain, Exmoor National Park is home to a fantastic array of wildlife and many diverse habitats. Well-known for the native British ponies that roam its moorland, and red deer in its woodland, the park is also host to a great diversity of bats, birds and butterflies.

  • Where: Devon
  • Ideal for viewing: Exmoor pony, red deer, badger, brown big-eared bat, heath fritillary butterfly
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt