Woodland Hide Hire

Photograph Red Squirrels from England’s only purpose-built Squirrel photography hides located in the Yorkshire Dales. The main woodland hide can accommodate up to four persons and offers a fantastic opportunity to see and photograph squirrels at close range in a natural setting.

The hide is located near Hawes in North Yorkshire, less than an hour from the A1 to the east and the M6 to the west. The session lasts for approximately five hours (meeting at Hawes at 8.30am and ending at approximately 2pm with return to Hawes for 2:30pm).

You should be prepared to share with up to two other persons (three people in total). I can also accommodate a group booking of four friends. There is really only room for 3 people to shoot at any given time however, but if you all know each other, I am sure it won’t cause any issues. I will be present to set you up in the hide and then will return frequently to ensure that there is sufficient feed for the Squirrels and birds throughout the session. I won’t just get you there and then abandon you as some might!

You will spend up to five hours in the hide and lenses from 200mm up to 400mm are ideal, with 500mm lenses perfect for the small birds that frequently visit and for close up squirrel images.

The hide has been purposely designed to enable comfortable photography with windows offering views of perches on three sides. At the front of the hide there are dual height windows which allow for shots of Squirrels on the trees and taller perches and ground shots/lower perches.

The Squirrels are extremely reliable and generally there are several present at any one time. However, these are wild animals and as such they cannot be 100% guaranteed (this can be due to adverse weather conditions for example). That said, the Squirrels have never failed to turn up for visitors at any time over the past six years and the site is most definitely one of the best locations to see Reds up-close and in good numbers anywhere in the UK.

Why Not Upgrade?

Upgrade to jumping squirrels and get my new set up for free which includes natural perches, dry stone walls, public bridleway sign and more. This will enable you to come away with a much bigger portfolio of pictures from your day, highly recommended.

Hide Hire In Brief

Photography

Mammals/Birds

Dates

Daily

Cost

£80.00 per person for Woodland Hide.
£125.00 per person to include the Jumping Platform
£250.00 Group Booking – Four Sharing Woodland hide
£400.00 Group Booking – Four Sharing Both Hides

Group Size

3 Maximum (individuals)
I can take a group booking of 4

Included

Reflection Pool Hide
Jumping Squirrels Platform (optional)

Other animals you could see are Roe Deer, Rabbits, woodland birds from Great Spotted Woodpeckers to Pheasants, Siskins, Stock Doves, Tits and Finches and occasionally more elusive creatures like Sparrowhawks and Owls. In the winter months Crossbills can be seen and heard in the surrounding trees, and may come down to the reflection pool to drink. To maximise the chance of this and other shy species such as Goldcrests visiting the pool, there is a mesh screen that can be pulled down and lenses poked through in order to obtain those more elusive shots.

If air temperatures are such that the reflection pool freezes, we will try to notify you ahead of the hide hire and make arrangements for an alternative date. If we only discover that the pool is frozen at the time of arrival (or up to 24 hours before hand) we will provide you with an alternative Red Squirrel photography session on the booked date within our hide / woodland.

Details

Cost:
£80.00 per person for Woodland Hide.
£125.00 per person to include the Jumping Platform
£250.00 Group Booking – Four Sharing Woodland hide
£400.00 Group Booking – Four Sharing Both Hides
Guide: None
Group Size: 3 individual guests per trip/4 people for a group booking

Tour Dates 2020

Hide hire is available everyday. Please use the Contact form below to submit your enquiry and questions.

Equipment Required

  • Digital DSLR
  • 70-200mm/70-300mm telephoto lens (cropped sensor)
  • 100-400mm/200-400mm on full frame body
  • Spare batteries and charger and extra memory cards

Clothing

  • Walking boots/wellies are advised as ground conditions vary and can be wet
  • Waterproof Jacket and trousers

What time of year is best to visit?

The Squirrels are active all year round. They don’t hibernate and grow a silvery red coat with ear tufts in winter. When the snow falls the opportunities for Squirrel Images can be amazing. In May/June they moult and grow a rich red summer coat often with blonde tails and lose their ear tufts. The Squirrels breed in March and July and courtship, pregnant females and young Squirrel Kittens can often be seen over the course of Spring/Summer.

How do I get to the hide?

After meeting in Hawes at 08:30 you will then be driven the short distance to (and from) the hide (as there is no public parking at the site). Full details of the meeting place are provided post-booking.

Do I need to bring food for the Squirrels?

No, the Squirrels are regularly fed to ensure they have a balanced diet and supplement their natural food supply. We will be on hand to top-up feeding points as necessary throughout the session. Please do not handle food or attempt to feed the Squirrels yourself. Bacteria from your hands can be very harmful to Red Squirrels.

Do I need a Tripod?

Tripods are not needed. Beanbags are provided in the hide which are the most effective way of following the action. However, if you would rather use a gimbal or ball head then each window sill includes a special plate where any standard 3/8 inch threaded head (Wimberley included) can be attached.

How many Squirrels will I see?

The woodland remains one of the best places to see Red Squirrels in the UK. Numbers can vary according to weather conditions, but at the very least we would expect guests to see around six different Squirrels with a minimum of 2-3 present at any one time. More usually upwards of ten different Squirrels are seen throughout a session and sometimes even up to twenty. The population is extremely healthy and there has not been anything nearing a blank session as yet. That said we are dealing with wildlife so there can never be an absolute guarantee! Generally less is more when it comes to Red Squirrel photography however, as individuals are more likely to feed contently and stay still if other animals are not competing for the same spot!

Reserve Your Place

To reserve your place this hide, please select the Hide Type from the drop-down list below. You can choose from either the Woodland Hide only, or the Woodland Hide and Jumping Squirrels. You can also book the hide(s) for four people. If you are booking for 2 people, you can adjust the Group Size from the Cart page, which you will be taken to immediately after selecting your option and pressing the button below.


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