See wildlife through the eyes of a wildlife artist as the exceptionally knowledgeable Robert E Fuller guides you through the Wolds countryside on this incredible safari to see badgers and owls.
Robert Fuller knows nearly ever badger sett and owl nest as well as their individual occupants in the deep-set valleys of Thixendale and beyond.
Your evening will begin in the artist's studio where Robert will talk about how he has developed his garden to specifically to lure wild creatures. As he talks, Robert will point out wild kestrels in the garden below as they swoop in to feed from a post where he has left food to lure them in.
Then he will take you on a walk into a stunning Wolds valley where tawny owls peer down at you through the tree foiliage. Robert will take his telescope along so that everyone gets a chance to see the owls. Sometimes there are as many as 12 hidden in the trees, including chicks.
The walk lasts until 9pm and then you will drive in shared cars to a nearby badger sett to wait for the badgers to come out. Robert knows the badgers individually and will tell you their stories as you spot them.
Please note that you will be sitting still for an hour watching them so wrap up very warm and bring something waterproof to sit on – even in the height of summer it can be cold out on the daleside. Afterwards Robert will bring you back to his gallery for a warm drink before heading off to his living room where you can watch two tawny owls and their young chicks flying in to feed from his bird table just outside the window.
Robert will tell you all about this family of tawnys and you can watch as the young owlets balance on a post next to the bird table and see how they interact with the parent birds and each other.
You may also get a glimpse of a family of stoats that live in Robert's garden - the stoats have been known to try to pinch food from the tawnys!
Level: Not suitable for children under 13.
Duration: Four hours
Where to meet: Meet at the Robert Fuller Gallery, Fotherdale Farm, Thixendale YO179LS. Please come in to the gallery and report your arrival
What to bring: Binoculars if you have them and a waterproof mat or cushion to sit on.
What to wear: Please wear WARM clothing as well as a windproof/waterproof jacket, in muted or dark colours. It can get very cold when you are sitting out on the daleside waiting for badgers to come out even on a summer night. Layers of fleece top, fleece and waterproof jacket are good. As are thick and warm trousers, walking socks and boots. Please, no white or bright clothes as the wildlife will be able to spot you. Good sturdy footwear is also essential as there will be some walking over uneven and possibly muddy ground.
Please be aware that this event may have to be cancelled at short notice if the weather is very bad. If this is the case we will contact you by email/phone.