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Half-day Photographic Experience

This three hour session is suitable for both the professional and the enthusiastic amateur who is looking to capture stunning images of birds of prey in free flight and static poses, set in natural surroundings.

Two experienced members of our team will guide you through this exciting experience and they will be on hand to set up shots, as well as giving you an insight to the characters of the birds that you will have an opportunity to work with. Birds of prey make wonderful subjects for photography and we have a brilliant team of birds who are fully trained and familiar with photography work.

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.

Guests must be aged 16 or over (for younger age groups, we offer Young Falconer and Children’s Owl Experiences).

£79.50

 

Your Experience

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. These three hour experience sessions are available in the morning or afternoon:

Afternoon sessions are half an hour longer as they include a break to watch the 2pm flying display. This will give you an additional opportunity to photograph birds in flight, with up to twenty birds in the air at one time. If you book a morning session, you are welcome to stay at the Trust after your session to enjoy the rest of our daily activities and displays. If you book an afternoon session, you are welcome to join us in the morning, before your session begins.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a gift voucher for this experience, how do I book?

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.

Can I bring guests?

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.

Can I cancel or alter my booking?

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.

What should I wear?

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.

Do I need any special equipment?

You will need your fully charged camera and an empty memory card. All other necessary training and equipment are supplied.

Will my experience still go ahead in bad weather?

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.

Other useful information about your experience:

Did you know?
Vultures vary greatly in size. The largest, the Andean Condor, have a wingspan of more than 3 metres. The smallest vulture, the Egyptian Vulture, have a wingspan of just over half of this.
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