British Wildlife Up Close 2023
Photography / Video Workshop
The Familiar Re-Imagined
2 Day Specialist British Wildlife Photography Workshop & Film Making Option
Additional day available on request
Next Scheduled Date: 23 & 24 September 2023
2023 Rates: £665pp
Min 4 - Max 6 photographers
Specialist photography tuition and creative inspiration from Trai Anfield
Our specialist wildlife photographic experience takes place in the heart of the British countryside, focussing on, and celebrating, a range of our most rare, iconic, charismatic and photographically rewarding native species.
This photography workshop is also very suitable for videography tuition
Fitness level required: Easy - shorts walks to the various photography sites on mostly flat though sometimes slightly uneven and wet ground.
Tour leader: Trai Anfield - award winning wildlife photographer, film maker, tutor, travel writer and broadcaster
Your British Wildlife Photography Workshop Highlights
Rich diversity of British wildlife
Larger mammals including Lynx, Otter, Scottish Wildcat, Badger, Fox, Beaver, Wild Boar, Sika Deer
Smaller mammals including Water Vole, Pine Marten, Stoat, Polecat, Hedgehog, Water Shrew, Dormouse, Bank Vole, Field Vole, Harvest Mouse
British native birds including white stork, Eurasian crane, long eared owl, barn owl, little owl
Natural settings including those used by the BBC Natural History film unit
Scheduled to ensure best photographic conditions for wildlife
Beginner friendly plus great for intermediate/experienced photographers seeking closer access and new species
Perfect set up for film making as well as photography
1-2-1 technical tuition and creative inspiration with your tutor Trai Anfield
Close to home for UK & European clients: support local economy, conservation and climate
Covid19 social distancing and financial protection measures in place
Small group size: min 4 - max 6 guests
British wildlife is every bit as varied and exciting as that of any country in the world, though it is often more elusive and difficult to access. So these extended 2 and 3-day British Wildlife Photography Workshops are designed to give you the rare opportunity of getting up close and personal with our most charismatic UK mammals and birds.
Discover their beauty, quirks and distinctive behaviours while taking the time to craft some unique photographic insights.
The knowledge and skills you gain in this workshop environment, along with the opportunity to spend so much time in the presence of these animals, will also give you the confidence and prepare you for your own photographic expeditions in the UK's wildest places.
Lynx: The Rewilder's Dream
View All Trai's Lynx Images In The Gallery Below
Once they roamed free across the British countryside, and now the Eurasian lynx is a leading candidate for re-introduction into the UK. Three female lynx are the latest additions to the centre, and will be a highlight of our British Wildlife Photography and Film Making Workshop this June.
Reviews of this British Wildlife Photography Workshop
Our Conservation, Climate & Communities Commitment In Action
Southwest England has some of the wildest remaining areas of countryside in Britain, so is a natural choice for this celebration of British wildlife. Our base for the workshop provides large enclosures (in some cases so large it can be tricky to find the large deer and wild boar!) and natural settings in harmony with the wild surroundings.
The centre is a major contributor to British conservation, helping to breed and reintroduce native species into the wild across the UK.
In line with our environmental commitment Trai will take no flights for this workshop, and the group will take short, leisurely strolls between photography sites, making minimal use of vehicles.
We encourage you to join Trai in further supporting the local economy by staying in family-run rural guesthouse accomodation, and dining in small restaurants which make primary use of locally sourced products.
British Wildlife Photography & Film Making Workshop
There is no set itinerary here, except in the general structure of the days. The species we choose to photograph at any given time will remain flexible and respond to the preferences of participants. Of course the British weather may also influence our choices, and it’s an added bonus that one or two of the smaller mammal species may be photographed under cover if we need we need a refuge from rain at any time!
There are many species on offer here, so we will collect preferences from all participants ahead of time and plan accordingly. We will try to ensure everyone photographs their top three choices and as many of their other choices as possible in the time available. Some species, however, may not be available at all times of the year, and some species such a stoat and polecat can only be approached individually.
On a two day workshop please do not expect to photograph the same number of species as you would on a three day workshop: this would put the group under unnecessary pressure and detract from the quality of your experience. On average we will spend between half and one hour as a group with each species, though some tolerate less time in the open and others will remain active for longer.
Early meet up and briefing – Trai will quickly run through some of the specialist settings and techniques peculiar to this type of photography, and highlight a few issues to watch out for in your photography here too. Most tuition will take place in the field and will be individual and tailored to your own level of experience and photographic goals.
Morning session - two species photography shoots
Lunch break and review of morning shots / troubleshooting session
Afternoon session – further three species photography shoots
Evening session - first group Beavers session
Early meet up
Morning session - three species photographic shoots
Lunch break and review of morning shots / troubleshooting session
Afternoon session – further three species shoots
Evening session - second group Beavers session
British Wildlife Up Close Photography / Video Workshop
Dates & Rates
2 day workshop: 23 & 24 September 2023
£665 per person
INCLUDES: all species photography sessions, local expert wildlife guide and handler, expert photographic / film making and post production tuition with Trai Anfield, tea and coffee throughout the workshop
EXCLUDES: travel to southwest England, accommodation, meals, personal insurances
We are happy to assist with recommendations for accommodation and public transport travel arrangements: more details of location, closest stations etc available on request
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