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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:
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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. 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
Sarah Sarah from York wrote on January 2, 2019:
wow.... Had an amazing day with the red squirrels, at one point we were surrounded by 7 or 8... Loved the reflection pool and tricky jumping....loads to edit but after a quick look though I have some amazing images... Paul was brilliant, the whole experience was brilliant....and I would def recommend to anyone , and hopefully I will be back ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Paul.
Don Don from Whitehaven wrote on December 28, 2018:
Very impressed with the red squirrel hide, and for all of Pauls help throughout the day. I would thoroughly recommend the hide to anyone who wants to take wildlife photos.
David Tolcher David Tolcher from Pateley Bridge wrote on December 28, 2018:
Great day out with the Red Squirrels for myself and my son Mark. Paul is really excellent as a host and shared so much knowledge and tips. Thank you.
Ian Ian from haworth wrote on December 23, 2018:
We had a wonderful day arou d the lakes, lots of interesting places, lots of guidance and advice. Came away with some stunning pictures
Sarah Sarah from Manchester wrote on December 3, 2018:
I booked Paul's Reflection Pool hide and spent a great day there yesterday photographing the Red Squirrels. The location and hide itself are just wonderful, and Paul obviously spends a lot of time and thought into setting up the area to provide some great photographic opportunities without affecting the squirrels natural behaviour. There's one thing however that he can't control, and that's the UK weather. It rained torrentially for much of the day, meaning the chances of smooth reflections were few and far between. However, I'd recommend this site whatever the weather - the squirrels and woodland birds aren't at all put off by the rain and were around the hide for almost the entire time I was there. I filled four and a half memory cards and it's going to take me ages to work through all these images, though even from glances at the back of the camera while in the hide I'm confident that some of these pictures will turn out to be some of my favourite images. Paul gave me some great guidance and tips on composition and post-processing, and was great company through the day. And oh well, I'll just have to visit again in search of slightly better weather conditions and that elusive reflection shot!
Roy taylor Roy taylor from SHEFFIELD wrote on August 29, 2018:
Seen your pics there brill son.