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Robert and Mary Fish Robert and Mary Fish from Epworth wrote on August 28, 2019:
On the day we booked with Paul to do photography in his squirrel hides it was raining hard. When Paul met us, the first thing he said was, 'Are you around tomorrow?' When we told him we were, he immediately offered us space for the following day.

The next day brought an improving picture and gave us shots better than we could have hoped. For six hours the squirrel activity was both constant and illuminating. Paul shared our excitement and worked hard to ensure we got the best shots possible. He was amusing and informative, and genuine in his desire for us to get the most out of the day. He illustrated some of his tips on framing and cropping by showing us some of his own back catalogue.
The whole day was memorable and rewarding and we owe Paul (and his squirrels) our gratitude for an unforgettable experience.

Bob and Mary
Barry Mainprize Barry Mainprize from Bridlington wrote on August 4, 2019:
I had another great workshop with Paul on 2nd July, this time the red squirrels 1 to 1 workshop. Paul is a great photographer and tutor who, as always, gave well over 100% effort to ensure the workshop was a great success. His 2 red squirrels hides are really well set up and within a short space of time the โ€˜reds started to show and I got many really nice shots before moving on to the reflections pool. A few more nice shots before the couple of โ€˜redsโ€™ disappeared early but the hide seemed awash with different types of birds, many young: nature at its very best and a joy to experience whether youโ€™re a photographer or not and so peaceful.

As the โ€˜redsโ€™ did not come back, I took some shots of siskin and buntings hovering near teasels: they are very quick but with Paulโ€™s guidance and his excellent knowledge of the birds and their behaviour I came away with 2 shots I was really pleased with - the icing on the cake.

Paul is such a nice guy and I can highly recommend his hides and red squirrel workshop. A huge thanks Paul for all your effort, advice, skill and professionalism.

Barry
Andy Andy from Newbury wrote on July 22, 2019:
Had a fantastic day out with Paul. He was more than helpful during the booking process and collection from the meeting point.
Fantastic set up at the hides and despite a slow start on the squirrels there were plenty of birds to photograph and get exposure right.
Paul offered as much or as little guidance as you wanted .
I am really happy with the images I got and would recommend the day
Alison Young Alison Young from Grimsby wrote on July 21, 2019:
My friend Julie and I spent a wonderful day with Paul in the Lake District. Despite worries about the weather we were very fortunate.
As novice photographers we found Paul very informative but didn't blind us with terminology.
Paul was easy company to keep and the day was both educational and enjoyable visiting some beautiful sites in the Lake District.
We both really feel we will try to get off 'Auto' and will experiment with the other settings now they have been demystified! It has also re-ignited my passion for photography.
I would recommend one of these workshops to anyone and hope to join Paul again for another one some day.
Barbara STANLEY Barbara STANLEY from Tadlow wrote on July 5, 2019:
Had a wonderful morning with Seamus and the red squirrels. Very well designed hides and obliging squirrels. Seamus was an excellent and helpful host, and we left with great photos. Thanks so much.
geoff dwyer geoff dwyer from Barnstaple wrote on June 20, 2019:
Just spent a very enjoyable morning at the reflection hide with Seamus, the amount of effort he put in to make the day a success for us contributed in no small part to a very successful outing. As always after a trip like this there is the 'fun' of post processing and as my wife, who isn't a photographer, was able to capture some great shots with her point and shoot (albeit an upmarket one) I have those to do as well. .. but it will be well worth it and I can always accidentally delete those shots she took that are better than mine ๐Ÿ˜Ž Thanks again for an enjoyable, fun day.
David Roberts David Roberts from Rotherham wrote on June 6, 2019:
4 of us spent a day, 5th May, with Paul at his Red Squirrel hides. We must say Paul was professional throughout, on hand all day with advice and tips, and we all came away with some lovely images. Thanks Paul for a great day, would highly recommend and I'm sure we'll be back for another great experience. I would personally like to thank Paul for helping me capture an incredible jumping squirrel image.
David Oldham David Oldham from Horsham, West Sussex wrote on May 22, 2019:
We called in for a red squirrel day to break the drive back from Scotland to Sussex and I was very pleased we did! Weather conditions were very overcast which was a concern but we needn't have been bothered by this. After a slow start in the woodland hide, activity levels increased with at least two kits and several adults feeding allowing us to get some great shots. The reflection pool was just fantastic and we came away with a huge number of "keepers". Oh yes, and we had some good fun photographing jumping squirrels but this would have benefited from better light conditions. A long way from Sussex but if circumstances permit, I would definitely hope to return. Thanks to Paul and his friend Seamus for looking after us
John Warham John Warham from Thornham wrote on May 15, 2019:
I spent a day with Paul at a black grouse lek and would strongly recommit this to anyone who is interested in seeing and photographing this rare species at point blank range.
Paul is an expert, good company and, once you tune into his NE accent, really good company. Donโ€™t miss this opportunity!
Janice Fiske, visited April 3rd 2019 Janice Fiske, visited April 3rd 2019 from London wrote on April 7, 2019:
๐Ÿ˜„ ๐Ÿ˜„ ๐Ÿ˜„ ๐Ÿ˜„ ๐Ÿ˜„ and I'm still smiling!
I spent a wonderful day with Paul at the two squirrel hides, woodland and reflection pool. I had driven up from London, so both Paul and I were worried in case the squirrels didn't turn up. We needn't have worried. as soon as they spotted Paul, the squirrels were out and about and we weren't without them from 9am to 2pm. The photographic opportunities are excellent and varied but just watching the squirrels is fascinating. Paul knows these animals very well and is able to tell you what they are likely to do next, giving you a heads up for the best photos.
The reflection pool is just amazing. We were very lucky as, despite the day having started with rain, sleet and snow, by the time we went to the pool we had blue sky and sunshine. The light and colours were just brilliant. The squirrels were inquisitive and cheeky, with some of them getting so close that a reflection was out of the question and a portrait shot was in order instead.
Paul is a very genial host who really knows his stuff and is happy to provide you with advice and tips to get better shots along the way. His care for his forest and the creatures living in it is to be applauded.
I highly recommend the red squirrel 1-2-1 day and if it wasn't such a long drive, I would be back very soon. I loved it and have many, many photos to share with family and friends.
Kevin Croucher Kevin Croucher from Letchworth Garden CITY wrote on March 7, 2019:
Myself and a friend spent a great day with Paul and what a day if you would like to photograph Red Squirrels the set up Paul offers is as good as it gets he seems to have thought of everything with a reflection pool that is the best I have seen and a jumping post, dry stone walls that are just stunning.
As well as a great set up Paul was generous with his time and advice and we will be going back again soon.
Chris Twell Chris Twell from Doncaster wrote on February 20, 2019:
Booked in after getting the urge to photograph red squirrels after a visit to the Lake District.

Paul was quick to reply with what dates were free and I soon booked my day. He was extremely accommodating being kind enough to give me use of all set ups including the reflection pool which I hadnโ€™t booked as the week leading up the trip was freezing cold and we assumed the pool would be frozen.

The set up is just about perfect giving you plenty of chances for many different shots. Iโ€™d never used a jumping set up before and it turned out to be set up so well it was pretty simple to use.

The reflection pool is the jewel in the crown of this place though. I got the majority of my best shots using the reflection pool.

I highly recommend booking some time here, I will be again when then summer months come round.

Fantastic day. Thanks again!
Col Armstrong Col Armstrong from Liverpool wrote on February 20, 2019:
Just spent a fantastic day with Paul, if you love Red Squirrels youโ€™ll love this opportunity to photo them in a a totally unique and professional way.
Paul spent the day with me and gave me tips and ideas how to improve my many shots that I took so if want an exciting but satisfying day out donโ€™t hesitate to book a day with Paul and the Red Squirrels, youโ€™ll come home with a big smile on your face....guaranteed
Amanda Marks Amanda Marks from Ipswich wrote on February 18, 2019:
I bought a day with Paul at his hides as a Christmas present for my husband. We've photographed wildlife all over the world, but never seen a red squirrel up close, nor well enough to photograph. I was hoping that this day in Paul's hides (the woodland and the pool hide) would be a good day, but it wasn't - it was superb!!
I was so thrilled to constantly see around 8-10 squirrels coming a going, and they were obviously very habituated to Paul, who had placed logs etc in suitable places then tempted them with nuts and seeds. It really worked, and we came away with hundreds of shots. I'd recommend going for time in both hides as, whilst very close to each other, they both offer quite different photographic opportunities. Paul was a very good host, and always tried to give the best experience possible. Highly recommended. .
Roy Roy from Preston wrote on February 16, 2019:
Had a fantastic day out at the hides last Thursday. Paul has put a lot of thought and effort into the setup and it didn't disappoint with 3 or 4 squirrels there at any one time with probably 6 or 7 individuals around in the woodland.
Paul has a friendly approachable manner and it was a pleasure to spend the day in his company.
I look forward to visiting again
Steve Evans Steve Evans from Wakefield wrote on January 29, 2019:
Visited the hide today (29/01/19), Paul met us and quickly gave us a run down for the day, and mentioned we would be treated to snowfall for the duration of the day. Within minutes of setting up we were visited by 8 or 9 squirrels (maybe more), and this continued throughout the day. Paul was on hand to change set up if we needed it, and there to give advice if needed. Paul ensured we got the best from the day, and we got the images we were wanting. Paul and his set up are definitely worth the visit if you want high quality images, in great hides. I cannot recommend him enough. We will be returning soon.
Ian Alexander Ian Alexander from North yorks wrote on January 25, 2019:
Had a fantastic day today at the squirrel hide
Superb setup and a very warm helpful knollagable host
Nothing was to much trouble
Phil Bloxham Phil Bloxham from Mansfield wrote on January 18, 2019:
Had a great day with Paul at his Red Squirrel hides, My expectations were exceeded within minutes as the squirrels were abundant from the start. The set up there is excellent and Paul has clearly put a great deal of time and effort in getting the conditions perfect for attracting the little red cute things. The weather was ideal, snow on the ground and sun in the sky, so I was very lucky.
As a bonus there was plenty of woodland birdlife as well, so sometimes it was difficult to work out what to shoot as there was so much going on. Paul spotted a Goldcrest and helped me get some decent shots of a bird that is difficult to photograph. Paul clearly knows his stuff and I got much more out of the day as a result.
Strongly recommended. ๐Ÿ˜„
Vin Vin from Loughborough wrote on January 7, 2019:
4 of us spent a day with Paul at his Red Squirrel hide, first class communication throughout, met him at the agreed location for a short drive to the hide. The first Squirrel arrived as Paul was putting out food, hard to say how many were there as they were running about all over the place. Dark grey day but cant be helped, Paul was on hand throughout the day with advice and tips, we came away with some lovely images and an experience which we will be repeating ( If he will have us back, the noisey four ! ) ๐Ÿ™‚
Thanks Paul for a great day, would reccomend and already have done
Neil Barker Neil Barker from Peterborough wrote on January 3, 2019:
Enjoyed a fantastic morning watching Red Squirrels in North Yorkshire yesterday. https://paulfowliephotography.co.uk runs this fantastic hide experience in the wilderness and I was his first customer since he took over this โ€˜secret locationโ€™. Recommend the reflection pool and a camera that has a fast lens I.e low aperture as sometimes there isnโ€™t a lot of light. Although over the course of a morning bright spots have happened on both occasions that Iโ€™ve been. Delighted with my photos and would go again #RedSquirel #Hawes #NorthYorkshire #photography