Photography Sessions

“Oscar” – Barn Owl, photograph by Gem

Whether you are a budding amateur or experienced professional, our Photography Sessions allow you and your camera to get up close with some of our magnificent birds of prey in order to photograph them in a countryside setting.

Taking place in a private field adjacent to the Falconry Centre, you will be able to photograph a selection of birds in a rural area, with natural backdrops and a range of different perches.

Photography sessions cost £30.00 per person for static only or £50.00 per person for our static and flying tutored session. To book, please choose your preferred date and session from the options below, and complete the payment form to confirm your booking.

MONDAY 6th june 2022

11:00am to 1:00pm

led by lewis james phillips

As a professional photographer for over 20 years and having work highly acclaimed in international awards Lewis understands the needs for all levels of photographer attending the course. Lewis is an award-winning photographer and his work published in photography magazine across the UK.

Lewis will brief you on topics such as depth of field, apertures, composition, lighting, and ISO ratings. There will be a maximum of 10 people in the group.

This session costs £50.00 per person.

“Orn” – Bald Eagle, photograph by Kathryn Willett

Book for 6th june with lewis phillips:

“Twister” – Common Buzzard, photograph by Gem

Friday 8th July

Led by one of our falconers, these sessions are intended for those who are more familiar with their cameras and simply want to photograph a selection of birds in a relaxed and informal setting. You will start with a short introduction before photographing a selection of different birds of prey and owls. The birds will remain static on perches during these sessions.

There will be a maximum of 6 people per group. Please fill in the payment form below to book your slot.

This session costs £30.00 per person.

BOOK FOR Friday 8th July

11:00Am – 12:30pm

Frequently Asked Questions about our Photography Experience

How often do you run the Experiences and how far ahead do I need to book a date?

The Photography Sessions are run on set dates throughout the year and can only be purchased online. Choose your date from the options above and complete the payment form accordingly. We may make further dates available if the above sessions sell out. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. Exclusive sessions may also be made available for small groups. To make an enquiry, please telephone us on 01562 700014 or use the Contact Us section of this website. 

I have paid on-line, how long does it take to receive the booking confirmation?

We will email the booking confirmation to you within 2 days of the payment. Please check your Spam/Junk mail folders before contacting us if you have not received your booking confirmation. 

Can I buy a gift voucher instead of booking a date?

Unfortunately it is not possible to purchase open-ended gift vouchers for this experience. Available dates and group sizes are strictly limited.

Is this experience suitable for wheelchair users or people with limited mobility?

We regret that this experience is not suitable for wheelchair users. The experience takes place in the 7.5 acre field adjacent to The Falconry Centre, which is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. You will need to be able to walk a reasonable distance to access the field. We may use different areas of the field for different birds to vary the perches and backdrops being used. This can involve some walking and bending/crouching down. We can provide chairs for people who have limited ability to stand/walk. We recommend contacting us first to discuss any needs you may have, and we will be happy to assist you.

How many photographers are in a group?

We limit the number of Participants to a maximum of 10 for the session with Lewis Phillips and 6 for those led by one of our falconers. This is to allow everyone enough time and space to photograph the birds. We may be able to accommodate larger groups if you wish to book an exclusive session. Please contact us for further details. 

Can I bring someone with me?

Only those people who have paid to do the session will be permitted entry to the photography area. Anyone wishing to accompany you may either book onto the session as an additional participant in advance. Alternatively, they may remain at the Falconry Centre as a visitor (normal admission charges will apply).

What kind of camera should I bring?

These sessions are designed to be accessible to photographers of all skills and budgets. You will get the most from the session if you have a DSLR with a variety of lenses. However, as the birds will usually remain on static perches, a bridge camera or other digital camera with optical zoom will be sufficient. Small pocket/compact cameras and smart phones will not be suitable.

Can I use flash photography?

The occasional use of flash is generally not a problem for our birds. The session will take place outside in natural daylight. Excessive use of flash is not encouraged. As such, you may be asked to consider adjusting your camera settings to compensate for low light instead. Any birds showing signs of distress will be removed from the session immediately. 

Are refreshments provided?

We regret that we are unable to provide refreshments for this experience. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink with you.

What clothing should I wear?

We recommend dressing appropriately for the weather. The field may have long grass and uneven terrain, and it can be muddy after damp weather, so sturdy footwear is recommended.

Does the price include admission to the visitor centre?

No, the photography session takes place in the field adjacent to the visitor centre. If you wish to visit the centre after your experience you will need to pay the normal admission charge.

What happens if the weather is bad on the date of my experience?

We will run the experiences in most weather conditions. Our birds generally enjoy sitting out and having a shower in the rain! Umbrellas are welcome and a shelter may be provided in particularly heavy rain. In severe adverse weather we may rearrange the session to an alternative date of our choosing; if you cannot attend the alternative date please contact us to discuss your options. 

I can no longer attend on the date I have booked – can I cancel it/rearrange the date?

As these sessions are run on set dates with limited places available. It is difficult to amend a booking once it has been made. If you cannot attend on the date you have booked, please telephone us on 01562 700014 to discuss this. Cancellations requiring a refund may be subject to an administrative fee of up to 20% of the purchase price.