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Dancing cranes and majestic waterfowl are among the winter highlights at WWT Slimbridge reserve

Gloucestershire, UK

1 Day

5 places 

From £75 (incl. permits)

Trip Overview

W O R K S H O P   O V E R V I E W

The aim of this beginner class is to help you capture beautiful portraits and behavioural photos of birds found on the reserve and in its exotic collections, Every winter, the wetlands are deliberately flooded, meaning that we can expect to see up to 50,000 waterfowl - among them White-Fronted Geese, Golden Plover, Pintail, Wigeon and Lapwing. Occasionally raptors such as Peregrine, or Goshawk may hunt for sitting ducks, resulting in spectacular chases. This is also one of the best places in the country to see Common Cranes, and we will try to photograph their elegant courtship dance.


From bird-flight to portraiture, you'll hone techniques on captive wildfowl such as Goldeneye, Smew, Eider and exotic ducks. 


At sunset, we'll be in position at the lakeside to photograph the mesmerising sight of hundreds of Bewick's Swans flying into roost. 

Workshop Overview


  • Learn about wildlife photography and different kinds of birdlife

  • Fun, relaxed learning with a variety of subjects from the warmth of bird reserve hides 

  • Quickly master the basics of your camera as well as advanced techniques such as backlighting and high key 

  • Unlimited expert guidance with 1-on-1 photo tuition 

  • Learn to predict animal behaviour to get great shots

  • Approachable animals allow you to push your creativity

  • Photo feedback after the session


P A S T   W O R K S H O P S

Past Workshops

"Thank you so much for such a brilliant morning! I learnt so much and have much to practise. It was lovely to meet you and learn from all that knowledge you have, and I know a few more bird names now too! Thanks again; I will be recommending the course to everyone!" - Jenni 


"Your workshop was incredibly helpful. I had a lot of fun and learned a great deal about technical photography." - Diane 

"This workshop fitted exactly was I was looking for. The whole experience and the few hours I spent with Paul were magical. I've learned new techniques. Wildlife photography was something I've never done before but Paul made it so much easier and gave me the push to do it again. If anyone is reading my comment, do not hesitate to book this workshop - it's worth every penny and you learn more and more. Again thank you Paul for your time - you are a gem." - Djamel

"Thanks a lot for the session - it was great fun and we both really enjoyed it. The session really shed light on aspects that I'd never thought about when approaching photography. Learnings from today will definitely help stimulate the right thinking and will be really valuable to my approach to capturing animals. Hope to be on one of your trips soon in the near future!" - Nikhil and Lili

"I really enjoyed the workshop, thank you. I learned a lot and thank you for answering every one of my questions! Really looking forward to trying all your tips out, and maybe see you on the next workshop!" - Maggie

"Thanks for a really enjoyable day. I feel like I have learned so much as a total novice." - Frank

"Thanks for a fascinating day today. I learned so much and am looking forward to putting it into practice." - Kerri

Practical Info

P R A C T I C A L    I N F O R M A T I O N


We will meet at Bristol Temple Meads or a pre-agreed meeting point. Upon booking, a map meeting point position will be sent. 


Light gentle walking on tarmac pathways. Please contact me beforehand to discuss suitability and if you have any mobility issues. 

Food & Facilities     

There are cafe and toilet facilities at the WWT reserve.

Group Size & Tuition      

With a maximum of 5 participants, our small group size ensures everyone has a better personal experience. I will be on hand to answer your questions and help you with observing animals whatever your skillset.  

Photo Gear  

This workshop will suit you whatever your gear and skillset - the plan will adapt for you whether you have an iPhone or the latest lens on the market. For your best enjoyment, I recommend that you bring a bridge or DSLR camera with a zoom lens in the 75-300mm range; longer lenses are good for flight shots. Please get in touch if you have any questions.


It is important that participants wear appropriate clothing for the season and activities. A recommended kit list will be sent upon sign-up. 

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