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  • Writer's pictureHarris Brooker

Monthly Hide Update

Updated: Nov 20, 2023

Here is our monthly update from our hide near Aviemore in the Cairngorms.

Our Local Badger Clan - There are at least eight Badgers in our group and they are now looking like they are getting into their winter coats, which are bushier than they are in the summertime. They still feed together peacefully, though sometimes with squabbles. The Badgers visit our hide very regularly and will often spend long periods of time quietly searching for the bait scattered around the hide. They will often show examples of their strength as they lift large tree stumps to get that last peanut!

In this image there are a group of Badgers feeding and one is standing against a log licking peanut butter off its claws
Badgers Feeding (Photo Credit: Harris Brooker)

In this image there are three Badgers feeding together surrounded by logs and leaf litter
Badgers Feeding (Photo Credit: Harris Brooker)

Pine Marten Sightings This Month - We have had both the male and female Pine Marten coming in, they can come in and feed for between ten to twenty minutes on average, sometimes more. Both have continued to amaze the guests and they are just starting to get their thicker winter coats preparing for the months ahead.

There is a male Pine Marten feeding on a small platform
Pine Marten On Platform (Photo Credit: Harris Brooker)

This is a zoomed out image of a Pine Marten feeding on a platform shown in relation to the ground and the trees surrounding it
Pine Marten Feeding on a Platform (Photo Credit: Harris Brooker)

What else have we seen at the hide this month - We have seen Wood Mice and a few Bank Voles, bats, a Tawny Owl was seen one evening, which we have only seen once before this year and it remains a very unusual sighting. During a hide watch we have speakers that pick up an external microphone and we were able to hear distant stags roaring towards the end of the rutt and a male a Tawny Owl hooting.

Our Evening Mammal Hide near Aviemore is open all year round, please click here for further details and to book.

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