Buzzard Workshop & Hide Rental
Set within a woodland at an idyllic 600 acre farm, we have constructed a comfortable professional hide where you can enjoy an exclusive, day-workshop or hide rental photographing wild Buzzard.
Although this beautiful bird of prey can be seen perched close to the side of the road, it is incredibly shy bird. Therefore making it a real challenge to photograph it up close, even for some seasoned nature photographers. Especially hard, is a perspective where you can really appreciate how magnificent this small raptor is.
During the months of June and July, it may be possible to observe the family interactions between juveniles and adults. We firmly believe that this is the best site in Britain for seeing and photographing wild Buzzards at close range.
The welfare of wildlife is paramount to us. As such, the hide is only open three days a week: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. This is designed primarily to minimise our impact and to encourage natural, wild behaviour. We are also concerned about any unintentional disturbance caused to the birds during the use of the hide. So all participants will be driven to the hide and can only venture out of the hide at the end of the session. There is a portable loo available in a separate chamber for your convenience.
One of the unique features of this professional hide, is the distance that it affords the photographer to the subject. If you are using a cropped-sensor camera i.e. an entry level digital SLR, you can still get a full frame shot of this beautiful raptor with a modest 70-300mm lens.
With full-size sensor bodies, a 500mm will give you a tight fill of the entire frame. In fact, a shorter zoom lens is also recommended for shots when the Buzzard spreads its wings. The lead image for example, was taken at 380mm on a Nikon D810.
Please use the contact form below to book, indicating your preferred date/s.
Hide only rental is available every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Tuition is available on request.
Please indicate your preferred date/s.
£ 195 GBP per person with tuition for Wild Buzzard Day Workshop.
£ 125 GBP per person for hide rental only (without instructions).
15 minutes from Junction 20 of the M1, near Market Harborough, south Leicestershire.
Full driving instructions will be provided upon booking.
Maximum 3 participants per session with or without instructor.