We are extremely fortunate to own our own woodland located in Rural Suffolk. The woods are resident to a multitude of species including, Woodpecker, Jay, Owl, Buzzard, Hawfinch, Tits (various species), Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Yellow Necked Wood Mouse, Fox, Hare, Badger, Deer, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk.
We currently have two Wildlife Hides operational:
1) Woodland Bird Hide
2) Bird Of Prey Hide
Both hides are set up for amateur to professional level of photographers, with no more than a 200mm lens needed.
Both hides are able to comfortably sit 2 people, and have office chairs in to make your stay as relaxing as possible.
In both hides a shelf is mounted that will accommodate any standard gimbal and base plate to make your experience as stress free as possible. If you do not own a gimbal and would like to try one (basically attach your camera to a device to aim it like a machine gun and takes all the stress out of your wrists), you can hire one for £5 per day. There is also a selection of refreshments available in a cool box during your visit.
The species of animal that have been seen:
Woodland Bird Hide: Woodpecker, Jay, Owl, , Hawfinch, Tits (various species), Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Yellow Necked Wood Mouse, Fox, Hare, Badger & Deer.
Bird of Prey Hide: Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Tawny Owl, Barn Owl, Little Owl
Remember with Wildlife there is no 100% guarantee - if you do have a completely blank session (no animals visit you) will be able to revisit f.o.c.
Videos From Hides
If you need to leave the hide for any reason please phone ahead and someone will come and escort you. This is done to protect the hide from irreparable damage that can happen should the wildlife see you leave.
Our hides are on a privately owned woodland. Do not leave the hide during your session and wander around as it is part of the agreement from the land owners that all guest will be escorted on and off the site, plus there may be other activities going on in other sections of the woodland that could place you at risk.
Please don’t leave the hide during the session and change the setup - phone ahead and we will come and help should there be a problem
Please leave the hide as you found it and take all litter home with you.
No Smoking is permitted on the site or in the hides - anyone found to be doing so will be, asked to leave the site and banned from returning with no refund offered (this is common sense you will be in the middle of a wood where fire sources are a huge risk).
Photos From Hides
Dates: Available Daily - Check Date Required Via Telephone: 07895434241
Price: £40 Woodland Bird Hide 8am - 5pm / £50 Bird of Prey Hide Evening Session 8pm-5am
SPECIAL OFFER: ALL DAY HIRE 8am-5am - Spend the first part of your day in the woodland bird hide - then move (escorted) to our bird of prey hide for the evening to photograph between 1 and 2 species of UK owl! £75!
A blank session (no wildlife) will entitle you to a f.o.c. return session (will be verified by trail cam).
Location: Near Kessingland and Beccles In Suffolk. Once you book you will receive directions of where to park near to the site and then driven down to the hide by one of our staff, and then collected at a pre-arranged time.
We also have an additional option for if you book our Woodland Bird Hide, which is a 1 Hour Experience photographing the inside of some of our Honey Bee Hives. This is a truly unique Macro Photography experience - we will provide you with a full Beekeeping protective suit for the experience and you wont see many images like this in the UK. Just choose the option when you book your hide experience. (Please note you will need to bring 1 pair of Marigold style gloves with you if you book this experience - this experience is an additional £25 pp). Examples images can be found in the images above - scroll through.
Special Note: ONLY 1 PERSON PER HIDE DUE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING ALLOWED UNLESS FROM SAME HOUSEHOLD. Hides officially opened June 2020