It is a fact of British wildlife, that some of its biggest stars such as tawny owls, badgers or fox are either crepuscular (active most during dawn and dusk) or completely nocturnal. They probably aren’t aware, however, that for wildlife lovers this isn’t the most convenient schedule. There is, however, a way to observe wildlife at its most prolific during the darker hours – with night vision technology.
For those interested in UK wildlife apart from just birds and insects, you will have to adapt your viewing habits to suit some pretty strange habits. Badgers, for instance, begin to be active at around nightfall. You might think observing such magnificent creatures would be a near impossible task, but with badgers this really isn’t the case and they are in fact relatively common. Basically, in order to almost guarantee nocturnal, a nocturnal badger sighting all you need to do is to find an active badger sett; it should be relatively easy to identify whether a sett is active or not, as it will most likely have footprints and fresh droppings near the entrance – of course, it’ll be dark so you’ll also need a night vision scope.
It might also surprise you that some other of our most iconic animals are also easily spottable – such as tawny owls. Firstly, you will be able to tell if an owl is in your area by identification of its calls (twit-woo for a male and kee-yar for a female). Then, use a night vision scope to scan the treetops.