Join us on a trip to photograph the amazingly cute, elusive, and delightful red squirrels in the only walk-through squirrel enclosure in the UK!
We'll travel early(ish) so we can arrive in time for when they're at their most active - feeding time! There we'll have an information session from one of the resident keepers at the centre.
Following our squirrel adventure, we will move on to different native species of the UK, including pine martins, pole cats, Scottish wildcats, badgers, hedgehogs, and red deer. Also keep an eye out for dragonflies and damselflies on your travels.
Squirrel and venue information:
A native species of the UK, the red squirrel is unfortunately now classed as "Threatened" due to the introduction of the grey squirrel in the 1870's. It is estimated that only 15,000 red squirrels survive in England compared with upwards of 2 million grey squirrels!
Our destination, the British Wildlife Centre, plays an important part in the breeding and reintroduction of the red squirrel back into the wild to re-establish new colonies, along with other native species breeding and reintroduction programs.
"In the heart of the East Surrey countryside, the British Wildlife Centre is home to the UK’s finest collection of native species, many rarely seen in the wild. Our animals live in large enclosures, landscaped to reflect their natural habitats. Here you can visit Britain’s first walk-throughred squirrel enclosure and stroll among free-ranging red squirrels in their own copse."
Walk around/kit lens
50mm f/1.8 or other low light lens
We'll have dedicated camera bodies and lenses to borrow on the day - just bring a blank SD card.
Note: This tour is also suitable for "phone only" photographers
Entry to British Wildlife Centre.
Travel to and from central London (from Starbucks, Unit 1A Euston Tower, NW1 3DP), in our comfortable 8 seater vehicle, including a TV featuring videos about our tour subject and hand selected photographic magazines to learn from and inspire en route.
Photographic tuition throughout the day.
Camera and lens setups to borrow if required (bring a blank SD card)
Battery charging facilities if required (just bring your USB or wall plug charger)
Food and drink (tearoom/lunch/snacks available at venue)
Note: Please dress for the weather. Hat, sunscreen, etc. It is England after all, so bring a light waterproof jacket/umbrella just in case and wear appropriate footwear for walking.
Where we'll meet:
We'll meet at Starbucks Coffee, Unit 1A Euston Tower Podium, Regents Place, London NW1 3DP, at 8.30am (opening time) and we'll talk about what to expect on the day and to go through previous photos and discuss settings, composition, etc.
We'll be leaving Starbucks at 8.45am and expect to return back to London between[masked]pm.
Please make sure you check TFL to arrive at the meeting point on time as we will have to leave exactly at 8.45am sharp. Unfortunately, due to having to purchase the tickets, refunds will unable to be given if you are late, hence our meeting time is a full 15 minutes before our departure. Please be sure you can attend before RSVPing yes, as refunds can only be given if your place is taken by another participant. Thank you.
Note: This event is combined with 2 other photography Meetup groups that I run so I'll update RSVP numbers accordingly (ie myself +3 will mean 3 members from other groups attending).