Course Provider: Assington Mill
Contact Name: Anne Holden
Telephone: 01787 229955
Course Length: 6.5 hours (afternoon and evening)
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Tutor: Bob Cowlin
Time: 4.00 - 10.30 (depending on the badgers/weather)
Spend an afternoon and evening learning about the life cycle and habits of badgers, how to tell a badger sett from a rabbit hole and how to watch them in the wild.
The course starts off with an illustrated talk, followed by a two hour leisurely walk over the beautiful rough country around Assington Mill farm where you will be shown identifying features such as footprints, dung pits and setts. We are now almost surrounded by three Suffolk Wildlife Trust nature reserves.
After a big high tea in the farmhouse kitchen, we will dress up warmly for an evening in the woods waiting for the badgers to emerge. This involves standing still and not talking or moving for about an hour or more, but we can bring stools if necessary. Obviously we cannot guarantee that you will see a badger, but most people find just the experience of standing quietly in a wood and listening to the birdsong at the end of the day almost as rewarding. And May is the time to see the cubs, and they are not as wary of humans as the adults.
If you find this course fully booked, do phone us at the number above and put yourself on the reserve list in case people have to drop out at the last minute.
What to Bring:
Warm and dark or neutral-coloured clothing
Hat and gloves to protect you from the midges, if there are any.
Strong boots or wellies (useful for bogs and nettles)
Insect repellent if wanted.
Assington Mill is a 70 acre organic farm in a beautiful secluded hidden valley in Suffolk. We aim to provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, where you will enjoy the experience of spending time with like-minded people and learning something new and life-enriching. Around fifty-five different short courses in rural and traditional craft skills are run here each year.
We aim to provide healthy meals during our courses made from locally-sourced organic ingredients, where possible. Lunches usually consist of soup and salads. Almost all the ingredients, if they are not grown here, come from Assington Farmshop, and are organic if possible. Cakes and biscuits are also home-made. We specialise in gluten-free food and are happy to cater for any other dietary requirements if you give us notice on the booking form.
Accommodation is available at many BnBs in the area (please see the list on our website) or you could stay in Mill Cottage on site. Alternatively, Camping is also possible at Assington Mill for £5 per night, anywhere on the farm. There is a toilet and shower available in a wetroom; plus a kitchen with two hobs and urn. We are not a proper camp site; this is just a facility for people coming on the courses.
To book please click through (link above) find your course and book online.
What's included in the price?
A lovely organic home made high tea (salads, scones & cakes etc.). To book please click through (above) find your course (in date order) and book online.
For more information about accommodation and food please see our website.
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