Today I bought a new camouflage shirt to wear in the summer when my jacket gets too hot.
Everyone knows that your clothes should be a drab green or brown (or in my case a mixture of the two with pictures of leaves on) so that you blend into the background and the wildlife can’t see you.
While I was out I also bought some batteries for my red LED torch, because everyone knows that badgers cannot see red light.
Hang on a minute. These two statements don’t really go together. If badgers don’t see the colour red, does that mean that red is the best colour for badger watching clothes? Why didn’t I just buy a red shirt and trousers? I’d be invisible to badgers then. I wonder if anyone has ever tried this?
The truth is that camouflage is a complicated subject, and I’m sure a lot of it comes down to personal preference. Is camouflage really necessary for watching badgers and other wildlife? I honestly don’t know. All I can say is that I wear it because I feel more confident that I can’t be seen, and that confidence is important if you’re going to spend hours in a tree waiting for a wary animal to show itself.