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Countryfile Magazine - - Great Days Out -

1 Ot­ters Ar­gyll and Bute, Scot­land

The ot­ter is a much-cov­eted but elu­sive wildlife sight­ing. Un­less, of course, you have the help of Philip Price of Loch Vi­sions. He’ll give you a run­down of their be­hav­iour and how to track them, be­fore teach­ing you the art of cap­tur­ing the charis­matic beast­ies as they frolic in the lochs of Ar­gyll and Bute. £199 for a week­end work­shop. lochvi­sions.co.uk

2 Puffins Farne Islands, Northum­ber­land

Play­ful puffins are one of our favourite birds, and there’s nowhere bet­ter to see them than the rugged Farne Islands, Northum­ber­land. Up to 70,000 puffins nest here in the sum­mer – snap these charm­ing birds up close with a Pho­tog­ra­phers on Sa­fari work­shop. £89 for a full-day work­shop pho­tog­ra­pher­son­sa­fari.com

3 But­ter­flies Strat­ford-up­onAvon, War­wick­shire

If the beau­ti­ful minu­tiae of the an­i­mal world are your thing, sign up to Wild Arena’s but­ter­fly work­shop for an in­tro­duc­tion to macro pho­tog­ra­phy. Cap­ture some of the 250 species that flit about the Strat­ford But­ter­fly Farm and learn to use dif­fer­ent lenses to im­mor­talise their del­i­cate colours. This course is suit­able for wheel­chair users. £99 for a full-day work­shop. wildarena.com

4 Red Deer Bradgate Park, Le­ices­ter­shire

Ever seen stun­ning photos of stags rut­ting against a golden dawn and wished they were your own? Na­ture’s Lens can’t guar­an­tee the sun­shine, but they can teach you ev­ery­thing else about pho­tograph­ing red deer – join a work­shop this Oc­to­ber as the rut be­gins. £325 for a week­end work­shop. na­tureslens.co.uk

5 Un­der­wa­ter Skomer, Pembrokeshire

Snorkel on the waves at the Skomer Marine Con­ser­va­tion Zone, Pembrokeshire. Andy Davies teaches you how to take great photos of ev­ery­thing from jewel-like anemones to in­quis­i­tive grey seals. £220 for a week­end work­shop. andy­davies.info

6 Birds of Prey Welsh­pool, Powys

Fal­con­ers with trained barn owls, long-eared owls and other birds of prey are on hand to help in­struc­tors Mark Sis­son and Danny Green teach the ba­sics of shoot­ing cap­ti­vat­ing por­traits of these ma­jes­tic birds in stun­ning set­tings. £99-140 for a full-day work­shop. na­tures-im­ages.co.uk




Sian Lewis’ favourite mo­ment behind the lens was meet­ing the Farne Islands’ adorable res­i­dent puffins.

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