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Badger Hide Photography

Nr Hawick, Scottish Borders

One Photographer – £75

Two and Three Photographers – £65 per person

Three people max

Gift Vouchers available

Could you please pay via BACS transfer, my details are


AR McCombe

Account No   35735528

Sort Code               09 01 27

Badger Hide Photography

Remember that even though the photographer can expect certain things, badgers are wild animals and they move with free will and to their own schedule. Photographers are required to have patience and keep absolutely silent when photographing from the hide.

If you would like to make a booking or have any questions please email this link


telephone 07962401770

European Badger Hide Photography



The Badgers are undoubtedly one of the UK’s most popular and best-loved wild mammals. They are primarily nocturnal and generally shy, and they are usually quite difficult to see. The badgers are very close and great shots of these iconic mammals are possible. The badgers come in after dark but under nine floodlights.

The photographer needs to have patience in this hide as the badgers can come at any time, sometimes a long wait is needed before they appear. You should be prepared to be in the hide for around six to eight hours 

The badgers have an acute sense of smell and hearing they are less than 20 metres away, and strict silence is necessary to get your images.

If you are bringing food and drink please be sure that the food is in containers and not in packets that rustle e.g. crisps and biscuits, and mobile phones should be switched off.

Please note that this is a hide rental. We will talk through settings etc on arrival but you will be in the hide by yourself.

The typical length of the workshop is six hours and starts after dark, from the begining of February to the end of December. Start times vary and you can stay in the hide for as long as you like. Please note waiting for the badgers to show can be a lengthy and frustrating period.

Badgers are nocturnal: they sleep during the day and are active at night. They emerge from their sett in the evening to play, socialise and forage. Unfortunately for the photographer, they don’t come out at the same time every time.

Naturalists universally agree that badgers have an acute sense of smell, pretty good hearing and rather poor vision.



The badger’s eyes are quite small, and its eyesight is not particularly good. Also, like many other animals, badgers cannot see anything in colour, only black, grey and white. Whilst they cannot see details very well, they can make out shapes, and movements.


Sense of Smell

It is thought that the badger’s sense of smell is 700 to 800 times better than ours!”. The sense of smell in badgers is extraordinarily well developed and is undoubtedly their most important sense


Badgers also have acute hearing, they can pick up the smallest of sounds. They can even hear worms as they dig towards the ground surface in the rain



The Badgers will come very close on this workshop so, in terms of lens recommendations, anywhere between 200mm, 300mm, and 400mm lenses are all useful, 70 – 200 mm and 100 – 400 mm, 500 mm, 150 – 600mm zoom lenses are all very good. A tripod is essential for supporting your lens in this hide.

Mirror-less micro four-thirds cameras are well suited to this workshop,

See more images in my Badger Gallery Badger Gallery 



One Photographer – £75

Two and Three Photographers – £65 per person

Gift Vouchers available


In a Badger “no show” event, you will be offered another date free of charge.

Please pay by BACs Transfer details below  


Account Name – Mr AR McCombe

Account – No 35735528

Sort Code – 09 01 27



Hi Ron
We had an Excellent evening Hazel and I, we had 3 visits up until midnight with up to 4 badgers showing,  Hazel was tired so left just after midnight 😞😞
We will definitely return when we are on our highland visits, great set-up
Looking at our hundreds of shots it looks like we have some crackers
Thanks again to you and your wife and we will visit again
Chris / Hazel Thorpe

Hi Ron
I would like to thank you for an amazing night on Thursday. You certainly have something very special there.
I had five and a half hours of constant visits before I finally decided to go at 03:15 am as I wanted to pack up and be on my way before the lights went out. There were still badgers around then. Every time the badgers went I thought that’s it within five minutes along came some more. They started to appear a full fifteen minutes before the lights came on.
Thank you also for your and your wife’s hospitality. It was good to meet you both.
Many thanks
Daivid Kevill……….
Morning Ron
Wow, another fantastic night at your hide Ron. We waited roughly half an hour for the first badger to appear and give or take a few 20 minute spells we had badger visitors all night. I sat and watched for a while without camera. It would have been worth the visit just to watch them. 
They are truly amazing creatures.  Not sure they’ll manage to replace the fox as my favourite mammal, but they’re pushing hard now. Keep up the great work supporting them. 
Will see you again at the end of the month. Will be in touch nearer the time to see if I can maybe spend the afternoon in the bird hide if available. 
Kind regards
Richard and Ross Lyall…….. Miidlothian – 7th April 2023 
Good morning Ron, (& Mrs McCombe),
It’s hard to know where to start on Ross and I visited your badger hide last night. Wow doesn’t cover it, I think Super Wow is better. We both had an amazing night watching your Badgers. 
The first visit was 7.15 am from a single one and it stayed for approximately 20 minutes, followed by another quite soon after. Both through the gap in the hedge aligning with the hollow log. Then a third appeared after another 20 minutes or so but through a gap nearer the road on the same hedge line. Then we had two for a while, joined by a third. I cannot find the words to describe how exciting it was from first to last. We even had one that appeared to be attempting to get in beside us for heat. The snuffles were loud and it was up against the back of the hide. Maybe Ross or I smelt nice!
For me, though it was not only seeing your badgers. I think Ross may have gotten the photography bug I got when I was a very young lad, (the land film was expensive). He was super excited, but quiet, and never stopped talking about the Badgers all the way home. 
We both took hundreds of pictures and if we only get one decent one each that’ll be enough. Seeing them in your garden, within touching distance was just an awesome experience. 
We left around 9.45 pm, after switching the power off as requested, because we had both had a great time, and Ross was getting a bit too cold. 
We’ll have a look through the images from the cameras today, although some of Ross’ looked good on the back of ‘his’ camera, I could see the ISO was up at 6000 which is close to the maximum. I have a few crackers if the back of my camera is anything to go by but we’ll see what they look like on the monitor. I’m still learning the camera and tried a few settings including white balance etc. one thing I got wrong was the AF area set to 3D, should’ve gone with a single point but I changed after a while, too long probably. We will def be back once I see what I’ve captured as I expect to have made a few errors. I’d like to come back in April and maybe again in May. On one of those visits might do the wild birds. 
Thanks again to both you and your wife for hosting us. 
Take care,
Richard and Ross Lyall…….. Mid Lothian -10th March 2023 


Hi Ron

I just want to thank you for a very enjoyable evening on Saturday. 
Paula and I stayed until 4 pm 
There were a couple of badgers that came in and out together but there was definitely something that was making them nervous which might have been the owl we heard.
We both managed to get some lovely photographs of a badger coming through the log and a few as one walked near the reflection pond, so we are very happy. 
Linda McDermott………Hawick

Hi Ron

Ron’s set-up helped me tick off another of my ever-growing/ changing “bucket list of to-do’s”.
(I do love a list 😊)

An exciting night, won’t forget the buzz of seeing a badger approach for the first, second and third time wondering if any would stick around long enough to be photographed; some did, some didn’t, some returned, and two came as a pair…I also saw a fox. I had such fun, I learnt lots and got some photographic keepers, here’s my first with more to come.

As an extra bonus, it’s always a nice drive up into Scotland from Northumberland. 😁

Thanks, Ron 🙏

Annette Cuthbertson…… Northumberland 

Hi Ron,
I hope you are both well.
I just wanted to thank you both for another wonderful night taking photographs of the badgers.  My friend Paula said it was the best present she’s ever had!

When they appeared they seemed to be sniffing the air quite a bit but we soon realised that there were other badgers coming from behind the hide, four in total, which were staying out of shot and wandering along the hedgerow to the left.

We got some lovely shots but just as we were starting to pack up at 2.30 am out they came again and stayed for about an hour. We had the same two badgers appear throughout the night, one with a scar above its eye and the other with a bite out its the backside, there was a third badger that popped its head through the hedge but it stayed into the back.


Linda McDermott October 2021

Hi Ron 

Really happy to visit your hide last night, and really appreciate your help and tips. Great set-up and lots of visits during our visit. All the best and hope to catch up at one of your  other workshops

David Williams …………South Wales

Morning Ron
We just wanted to send a massive thank you so much for the use of your badger hide last night. What a treat!!
The first one appeared at about 8.40 and they just kept coming. At one point there was 7.
It was enchanting. 
There was a scrap at the other side of your garden at one point….what a noise!!
Lots going on behind the hide too…we think?! We’re sure we could hear them scurrying about behind us. 
I’m sure we will book the badgers with you again…..we absolutely loved it.
Currently working my way through about 400 photos and some videos. I even worked out my ‘white balance’ on the camera!! But then I kept changing settings so some are more yellowy than others…will edit those.
We stayed till just after midnight but could easily have stayed all night.
Thanks again.
Tracey and Andrew Dunkley xx


Fantastic few hours in the Badger hide last night. What a terrific set-up you have Ron, thanks for all your advice and direction. The great layout you have developed really put the creatures at ease – and the photographers.

William Stuart……. Livingston

Hi Ron,
I would just like to say thank you very much for allowing me to photograph the badgers last night. It was an amazing experience. As you rightly said they came out around 11 and continued to show frequently until around half 1. Then they still showed until around 3.30. I had 3 out at once and a single visitor from another sett on a couple of occasions. I left around 5. I will definitely be coming back at some point. Again, thank you very much. One thing I did notice, there was a lot of moths around because of the lights. You should get a moth trap (if you haven’t already!). There were some big ones about.👍

Good morning Ron

Thank you to you and your wife for the warm welcome last night, tips on camera settings and explaining the set-up of the badger shoot which is brilliant and did not disappoint.

The first badger appeared at 11:20, stayed for about 15 minutes, eating like it hadn’t been fed in weeks!

Next, a group of 3 that eventually raised their snouts at the same time give two great group shots. These stayed for a while. All coming and going through the back hedge.

The young, wet muddy one returned on its own, several times and had a good dig around. Not shy at all and offering some great photo opportunities.

A larger, very clean looking but more wary badger next. This one got spooked and ran off at speed to the corner behind the bird hide.

There were solo appearances up until 01:05. We’re not sure how many individual badgers we saw, some had clear identifying marks. We will check when we get home.

We hung on until 01:50 then packed up, surprised to see how much food was still left. No other sightings, though the owls were audible.

Thank you again for such a great set-up, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Very best wishes,
Irena and Olly

Hi Ron,

Thanks for last night and the effort you have gone to provide such a wonderful opportunity. We tried to leave silently so the hide wasn’t as neat as I would have liked to leave it.

Nicky borrowed my D800 and the 150-600 instead of his more standard kit and was extremely delighted with his results, annoyingly his seem a little better than mine. (I was using a D500 with a good 70-300). I’m amazed at the standard of our discards! Just a little motion blur on the snout and in the bin it goes.

I’ll be in touch shortly as we would like to rebook and possibly do your woodland birds hide the afternoon before.



Just wanted to say thanks for having me…..I had a great night just sat waiting, even the anticipation was enjoyable. You have a great set-up in both woodland birds and badger hides. I got some greats shots of the badgers as they tipped up. Hopefully, I will get back later in the year for another workshop and we can spend a bit of time over a coffee or two.

Take Care Gaz……. Gary Wilson

That was an amazing experience! The badgers came back quite a few times and I managed to get some lovely shots which I’ll process when I get home. One, in particular, came closer and seemed really chilled- it stayed for quite a while.
I would love to come back sometime – it’s a great set-up!
Angela Mason……………
When I was in your badger’s hide Ron it was thrilling when the first sight of the badger came. It did the sniffing then made its way to the lit area and food. Got some great images. I want to have another visit.

Joe Gilhooley………..


Just wanted to say thank you so much for setting us up last night in the hide and allowing us to use your amazing set-up, which is all the more impressive for being comfortably outside your front window!

As you were no doubt aware, the first appearance was getting on towards 9.30, when suddenly a very burly badger appeared from the end of the garden close to the woods.  Very wet front legs so look like he’d been doing some paddling.  He absolutely mowed in like Desperate Dan at the food on the bigger logs to our left and was there for quite a while.  After he trundled back off the way he’d come, another, very much more tentative one quietly entered stage left. Potentially 6 individuals came in though we will need to scrutinise the pictures carefully to see if that’s really the case or if any had been in and returned.

You’ve done a fantastic job on the setup, which must have taken ages, gaining their confidence and making them comfortable with the sounds of cameras and flashes of light.  Has to rate as one of, if not the best Christmas present we’ve ever had, and have told the young ones how much we appreciated it – and will spread the word, you can be sure.

Many thanks again for sharing the fruits of your labours with us.  It was a great experience.

Alan Drummond, Earlston …………………..


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