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Mystery tour to see magical badgers

[Monday 7 June 2010]

The Forestry Commission is offering nature lovers a close encounter with a badger.

The much loved mammal has made a welcome come-back in the North York Moors thanks to the work of rangers and conservationists.

But spotting one can be tough as they spend long hours underground in their multi-chambered setts, or dens, which can be hundreds of years old, and are only active during the night.

Now rangers have come up with the perfect solution by staging weekly badger watches from 19 May to 4 August.

The mystery tour will head for a remote Forestry Commission woodland near Pickering to watch as the creature sets about its night’s foraging.

But places are limited and you’ll need to book to take part on 01751 472771.

Katie Thorn, Recreation Manager with the Forestry Commission, said:

“It’s heart-warming to see badgers doing well. Watching them and their cubs in their natural habitat is absolutely magical. We get people coming from across the UK to take part in these outings.” Badger tours cost £12 per person. Full timings and meeting details will be given at the time of booking.

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