Birds of prey make wonderful subjects for photography and we understand the desire to get closer to them to capture that perfect shot. Our photographic experience days offer you the chance to learn more about our fantastic birds and to photograph them in various surroundings so that you can capture that shot which really shows off the beauty and the characters of the individual birds.
There is a wide range of native and exotic species available to photograph, including kites, owls eagles, falcons and vultures. You will have the opportunity to get closer to our birds and photograph them either free-flying or in static poses, and in natural surroundings. We have a beautiful woodland arena and award-winning chalk downland wildflower meadow.
During the afternoon, you will also watch our ‘Valley of the Eagles’ flying demonstration which is set in Reg’s wildflower meadow and see some of the birds you’ve met display their awe-inspiring skills in flight. This will give you an additional opportunity to photograph birds in flight, with up to twenty birds in the air at one time.
These intimate experience sessions are limited to small groups of up to eight guests, with two members of our team on hand to set up shots and give you an insight to the characters of our birds throughout your day.
Your full day experience will begin at 9:30am when you are met in Feathers Restaurant by your host. The experience will end at around 4:30pm. Feathers Restaurant is open from 9:00am, should you wish to arrive early to purchase refreshments or breakfast to set you up for the day.
Lunch and refreshments (included in this experience) will be taken in Feathers Restaurant. Please notify us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements. If your guests would like to join you for lunch, this can be pre-paid and pre-ordered upon arrival.
Please call us on 01264 773850 (between 9am and 5pm) and have your voucher number to hand.
This experience must be pre-booked. Due to the popularity of this experience, early booking is required. Your voucher is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase; an expiry date is shown inside your gift card. Please note your experience must be booked and fulfilled before the expiry date shown. Once the voucher has expired, the experience and any related monies are forfeited.
Your guests are welcome to visit the Trust (normal admission rates apply) but only the person booked on the experience can participate in this experience session. We regret that additional participants are not permitted to join the experience for any reason.
A minimum of 14 days notice is required to alter or cancel a booking. We regret that any alterations or cancellations notified after this time will result in forfeit of the event and any related monies. (If the booking has to be cancelled by the Trust, a mutually suitable alternative date will be found.) Bookings and experience vouchers are non-refundable.
We would like to advise visitors that we have a natural countryside setting and sensible footwear and appropriate clothing for outdoors are recommended. Please also avoid wearing bright coloured clothing. Most walkways are laid paths; however you may find some natural unevenness in the other areas within our grounds.
You will need your fully charged camera and an empty memory card. All other necessary training and equipment are supplied.
If severe weather threatens, the Trust may cancel the event by 2pm the day before. Please contact the office on 01264 773850 after 2pm the day before your experience to confirm that the weather conditions are suitable for your experience to take place.
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