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Winter Wetlands

An afternoon workshop at one of the UK's best winter bird sites

- Common Crane, flocks of Bewick's Swan and Raptors.




WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, UK



Afternoon/Early Evening


£65 (includes reserve entrance fee). 

Participants should make their own arrangements for transport to venue and for food/drinks. 

Maximum Group Size 

5 people. 

If there are not enough participants to run the workshop, other dates will be suggested. 

Why Participate?

  • Half day of photography, until sunset for best light

  • Unlimited expert guidance

  • 1-on-1 photo tuition 

  • Fun, non-competitive learning 

  • Understand bird behaviour 

  • Approachable birds allow you to push your creativity 

  • Photo feedback and editing tips


Workshop Plan

During this workshop we'll have the opportunity to see and photograph many of the most charismatic birds that spend the winter at Slimbridge - in particular the Bewick's Swans and Cranes.

The wetlands are deliberately flooded during winter months, so it is normal to see up to 50,000 water birds feeding. Among these we will find huge flocks of Golden Plover and Lapwing, providing plenty of photography opportunities. There is often a large roost of Starlings that do amazing displays over the reserve. We have a good chance of seeing a Peregrine or Sparrowhawk hunt for easy prey, and the chase is often spectacular.

From the hides, we'll photograph wildfowl in flight such as the reserve's iconic White-Fronted Geese and Bewick's Swans, plus Pintail, Wigeon

and Shelduck. This is also one of the best places in the UK to see Cranes, an elegant and much sought after species. In February workshops, we may witness their astonishing courtship dance.  

From bird-flight to portraiture, you'll hone techniques on captive wildfowl such as Goldeneye, Smew, Eider and exotics. At sunset, we'll enjoy stunning views of 100s of Bewick's Swan flying into roost on the lakes. 

Suggested Camera Gear                                   

  • A Digital SLR or bridge camera                                 

  • Wide-angle lens (e.g. 16-35mm, 24-70mm)

  • A long lens (e.g. 75-300mm or longer)

  • Flash

  • Tripod or Monopod 

  • Spare batteries and CF/SD cards

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