oxfordshire wildlife photography hide

with woodland birds, Red Kite, Buzzard & Kingfisher

The Oxford Wildlife Photography Hide is now open for business after being developed and matured over the last 2 years with some stunning results, as can be seen on this page and in some of the galleries on this website.
Not only are the Red Kites a regular visitor to the Oxfordshire hide, but there are also good chances to see Common Buzzard and Kingfisher too.
The Oxford Wildlife Photography Hide is set in a beautiful river meadow not far from Abingdon and attracts a host of wildlife including; Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Magpie, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tits, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Robin, Wren, Blackbird, Dunnock, Mistle Thrush, Partridge, Pheasant, Swan, Grebe, Mallard, Teal, Heron, Stoat, Fox, Roe Deer, Muntjac, Brown Hare, Barn Owl, Kestrel and Water Vole...

the photography hide & set-up

  • The Oxford Wildlife Photography Hide is set-up as a two person unit
  • Solid surfaces, with 3/8" studs protruding through for a gimbal head [NOT provided], such as a Wimberley or alternately, bring your own bean bag
  • One way viewing glass ensures that minor movement inside the hide will not spook the wildlife on the outside
  • Swivelling office chairs are provided for both photographers (pillows for comfort available)
  • 500mm or 600mm lens is best, but anything 300mm or bigger will work well
  • Your camera lens will protrude out through a black curtain below the one-way glass [see below]
  • There is a USB supply to recharge your phone, if you bring a USB cable
  • There is a 4G signal in this area, at least with the O2 network
  • Hot water will be provided each day while the temperature is low, please bring your own coffee/tea/chocolate.
  • To one side of the set-up is a small stream/brook where Kingfishers are commonplace, but currently not guaranteed
  • On the other side is a set-up for woodland birds, with perches and props positioned for excellent backgrounds
  • Lastly, the Red Kite & Buzzard feeding area, sits through the middle and with perches up above
  • So from your seat in this hide, there should be plenty of activity and variety to fill your media cards during the day
  • The biggest challenge is usually - which direction to point the camera ? 
 The image above shows the inside the Oxfordshire Wildlife Photography Hide, showing two photographer positions with cameras mounted on gimbal heads...

The image above shows the inside the Oxfordshire Wildlife Photography Hide, showing two photographer positions with cameras mounted on gimbal heads...

 

The Map above gives an approximate location of the Oxfordshire Wildlife Photography Hides.  A detailed map will be shared after booking your hide day.

oxfordshire wildlife photography hide
price & Conditions

  • £75 per person, per day - payable in advance by BACS [bank transfer]
  • Application ONLY through the contact form below, to be confirmed by email 
  • Strictly on pre-paid, pre-arrangement basis. Customer agreement will be sent via email
  • Access to the hide strictly by accompanied arrangement
  • Please see the FAQs below...

 

find an available date below

Please do not click on the calendar,  just hover over it with your mouse.    Green = available    Red = already booked

Make your booking here

To make a booking at the Oxfordshire Wildlife Photography Hide, please find an available date from the calendar above then contact us using the form below, stating the date you require in the boxes below [note American format of month first] and then number of people attending, followed by your name, email address and any other information in the message box.  Don't forget to click on the SUBMIT box.  We will endeavour to reply within 24 hours:

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Option 1 = 1 Photographer Option 2 = 2 Photographers
 An Oxfordshire Red Kite hunting in the river meadow just in front of the Hide...

An Oxfordshire Red Kite hunting in the river meadow just in front of the Hide...

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

  1. What is the location of the Oxford Wildlife Photography Hide ?  What is the post code ?
    The hide is located near Abingdon, Oxfordshire.  A map will be sent during the booking process
  2. What does a typical day in the Woodland Hide look like ?
    Regular woodland birds feeding, on and around the well placed perches and props throughout the day, except when the Kestrel is nearby. Big characters are a pair of Jays and a male Great Spotted Woodpecker. There is a good likelihood of seeing Red Kites, if you stay inside the hide and are patient.  You may also see Common Buzzard and Kingfisher, but at the moment, they are not so regular
  3. How often do the Red Kites visit the hide ?  Is it guaranteed ?
    The Red Kites do come into the hide setting most days, swooping down to take the bait on the wing, occasionally stopping and feeding from the ground or taking some bait back to a perch in front of the hide.  The Kites have been known to stay on the perches and feeding for 3-4 hours, if all is quiet and they feel relaxed.  See more Red Kite images from the hide, here
  4. What happens if the weather is bad ?
    We try to adapt to the weather and luckily it is still possible to get lovely images on most days
  5. What if I don't see any wildlife during my day ?  Is there a refund ?
    This has never happened, but if you feel your day was not value for money, send us an email and we can discuss a free day
  6. Is there much walking to get to the hide ?
    From the parking area to the hide is approximately 300 yards over flat, but uneven field (disabled access is currently limited)
  7. Is there a toilet at the hide ?
    The hide is 1 mile from the nearest dwelling, so there are no toilets on site
  8. Can I bring my dog along with me ?
    Unfortunately all dogs are banned from these fields
  9. Is there safe parking for my car ?
    Cars can be left in a small area off to the side of a public lane, there is space for 2-3 cars, on a dirt/grass verge
  10. What equipment will I need to bring ?
    Most of the set-up was designed around a 500mm or 600mm lens, although a 300mm will be good for the Red Kite action images.  A fast 'frames per second' body is advantageous for the Red Kite action images, but not essential. A gimbal head such as a Wemberly is highly desirable for tracking these raptors.  Please use the form at the bottom of this page if you would like more information
  11. What size is the gimbal stud supplied ?
    3/8" studs are provided which suit a large gimbal head such as the Wimberley  [these are not the smaller 1/4" studs]
    The gimbal heads themselves are not provided, please bring your own.  There is no place for a tripod to be used in this hide
  12. What is the start time ?
    Shortly after sunrise is usually the best time, but this will be clear from the booking process, based on the time of year
  13. How long can I stay in the hide ?
    The hide should be vacated before sunset please, but no later that 7pm in summer
  14. Is there a snack shop or café near to the hide ? 
    There is a small village shop just over 1 mile from the hide, which sells basic convenience foods and drinks though it operates strange hours so, please plan to bring any food with you before the start of the day [hot water will be provided in the colder months]
  15. Is there a recommended B&B close to the hide ?
    Abingdon is only a few miles from the hide, where there are many places to stay the night. Recommendations can be provided upon request
  16. Do you supply photographic advice and help if requested ? Can you help with camera set-up ?
    This can be arranged with Mike Dowsett in advance using the forms at the bottom of this webpage
  17. Do you accept cash, credit card or PayPal payments ?
    We only accept an advanced payment through the BACS - Bank Transfer

PLEASE USE THIS CONTACT FORM TO ASK A QUESTION

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 A gorgeous male Great Sotted Woodpecker, feeding in front of the Hide...

A gorgeous male Great Sotted Woodpecker, feeding in front of the Hide...

We hope to see you soon at our
Woodland Hide

 This Brown Hare image was taken from the  Oxford Wildlife Photography Hide  in February 2018

This Brown Hare image was taken from the Oxford Wildlife Photography Hide in February 2018

 A Common Buzzard directly in front of the  Oxford Wildlife Photography Hide , in mid-February 2018

A Common Buzzard directly in front of the Oxford Wildlife Photography Hide, in mid-February 2018

 Frequent visitors to the  Oxford Wildlife Photography Hide  are a pair of beautiful Eurasian Jays, these are some of the first to arrive each day...

Frequent visitors to the Oxford Wildlife Photography Hide are a pair of beautiful Eurasian Jays, these are some of the first to arrive each day...

 There are dozens of Blue Tits and Great Tits at the  Oxford Wildlife Photography Hide , along with slightly less frequent Long Tailed Tits...

There are dozens of Blue Tits and Great Tits at the Oxford Wildlife Photography Hide, along with slightly less frequent Long Tailed Tits...

 The Kingfishers have been regular visitors to the Hide until early January 2018, when the harsh winter took its toll.  I hope they return soon, this lady fisher is beautiful, looking to the heavens.

The Kingfishers have been regular visitors to the Hide until early January 2018, when the harsh winter took its toll.  I hope they return soon, this lady fisher is beautiful, looking to the heavens.

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