Southwest Scotland Safari - Spring

Saturday 21st – Monday 23rd April 2018 

Course leaders: Trai Anfield and Peter Haygarth

Minimum 4 people, maximum 6 in two groups

Featuring Chris Packham's World's Best Bird, and star of BBC Autumnwatch 2015 - sparrowhawk Mad Max (& Mrs Max!)


Exclusive use of the hides used on Autumnwatch to photograph and video these tremendous sparrowhawks.


What Chris says about Mad Max:     "Best bird I've ever seen..."      "Awesome..."      "The greatest individual bird on planet earth..."


Watch Mad Max & Chris Packham's encounter on Autumnwatch at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p037b652



Cuckoo! Cuckoo!  Their call is one of the defining sounds of Spring...but have you ever managed to get close enough to photograph one of these elusive birds in the wild? With a great photographic backdrop? And on a trip where cuckoo is just one of many highlights????        


 Join us in southwest Scotland for a glorious bank holiday weekend of prime Springtime wildlife photography and videography.


Galloway is one of the UK’s most underrated wildlife hotspots: a spectacular Scottish location that isn’t too remote, but offers stunning opportunities for authentic wildlife photography and film making.

  • Learn to photograph and/or make films of native British wildlife with award winning photographers and videographers Trai Anfield and Peter Haygarth

  • Exclusive use of professional hides network

  • Ideal environment and subjects for beginners

  • Excellent rare opportunities for photographers with more experience


Whatever your current level of photography, whether on DSLR, bridge or compact camera, we will help and advise on how to get the very best out of your gear, so you'll return home inspired and with images you'll be proud of.

Featured Species:

Cuckoo, sparrowhawk, kingfisher, dipper, badger, adder, red kite, buzzard, brown hare, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and many more woodland, marsh and moorland birds.



Glorious native bluebell woods.

Landscape and macro photography opportunities

Night photography in a Dark Skies designated area…weather permitting!


STOP PRESS!  We've just secured a rare pine marten evening shoot as an optional extra!

'I was surprised to discover such an abundance of 'hard to find' British wildlife in a small

and accessible area, with the hides specifically built with the photographer in mind'


Peter Haygarth, tour leader

More Details

South West Scotland’s Solway is a little visited, wildlife rich gem.  We pack our itinerary with opportunities to photograph some of the UK’s most iconic species of Spring, including cuckoo just back from Africa, kingfisher and dipper feeding chicks, and adders warming themselves after hibernation...and there are always a few surprise guests!  We book exclusive use of a network of bespoke professional hides to get you close to all of the region’s iconic Springtime species… these are the secret places that many top pros use to get those shots you see and think “wow – how did they get that?!”


Our recommended campsite has wildlife on tap too – roe deer, badger and brown hare frequent the site, plus red squirrel and a multitude of birds. At this time of year we will also be looking through the sites beautiful bluebell wood for ideal macro subjects.  And with terrific opportunities for landscape and dark skies photography too, you’ll have the chance to learn a wealth of new techniques and never be short of subjects and inspiration! 

Booking Information 


Next date

Saturday 21st – Monday 23rd April 2018   


Price £395 per person


Includes all hide fees, transfers to/from all locations, all photography and videography tuition and guidance on location and in critique sessions, individual feedback, great fun and company. All attendees are also invited to enter your favourite shot from the workshop into our competition!


If you require overnight accomodation during this workshopplease either add a wigwam stay to your basket, or see our Accomodation Guide below for hotel and B&B recommendations (though you will need to book directly with the owners for these).


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