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Pied Flycatcher Photography Hide

Pied Flycatcher Photography Hide

The Pied Flycatcher Photography Hides are now closed, 2024 dates will be released in Spring 2024.

Photograph the jewel of RSPB Haweswater’s temperate rainforest, in Wild Intrigue’s Pied Flycatcher Photography Hide.

The Pied Flycatcher is a summer visitor to Haweswater, migrating from a winter in West Africa to breed in Naddle Forest. A characteristic species of Atlantic Oak woodlands, their song carries through the canopy in early spring.

Wild Intrigue has established pop-up photography hides to photograph this striking species, allowing exceptional images to be captured without disturbance to the Pied Flycatchers or other wildlife in the woodland. This year (2023), we have established a comfortable two-person hide.

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RSPB Haweswater is not only beautiful, it is an inspiring demonstration of how nature and people can thrive together in the Lake District National Park. Through practical regeneration work, special habitats and wildlife are being reconnected, enhanced and conserved. The woodlands are alive with an impressive diversity of species. Your booking will contribute to the RSPB’s continued conservation and enhancement of these important habitats, and the wildlife they support.

Upon arrival, a Wild Intrigue guide will meet you to provide seasoned advice, and handy tips to make the most of your experience and images before walking you to the Pied Flycatcher Photography Hide. Full arrival details will be provided upon booking.

Wild Intrigue are proud to support the Wild Haweswater initiative through the operation of a collection of wildlife photography hides on the reserve.

**Please note, the Pied Flycatcher Hide relies on the successful nesting of the Pied Flycatchers, currently we have three pairs incubating eggs. We are monitoring the nests for the BTO’s Nest Record Scheme, though as these are wild birds there nesting success cannot be guaranteed.

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Interested in photographing Red Squirrels? Have a look at our Woodland Wildlife Hide.

£120.00 1 photographer

£200.00 2 photographers




One photographer: £120.00

Two photographers: £200.00

The hide has been set for focal lengths between 300-600mm to enable a good variety of images.

A tripod is required.

We have a mix of hides depending on the nest location, and brood timings, this may be a pop-up or a wooden hide (when booking in pairs, photographers may have an individual pop-up hide).

It can be a little cold in the early mornings, so we recommend coming wrapped up with plenty of layers.

The walk up to the hide is along a rough track and a up a small hill, which is often wet and muddy. Wellies are highly recommend for the walk in.

Wild Intrigue does not provide insurance, therefore you will need to provide your own camera or travel insurance if necessary.

Hot drinks are not provided at the Pied Flycatcher Hide, so you may wish to bring your own.

A Wild Intrigue guide will meet you on arrival to provide handy tips and advice to make the most of your time in the hide, they will also walk you up to the hide.

Exact session timings (usually between 08:30am and 10am start time and a 4pm finish) and the parking location will be provided via email upon booking.

The hide is a short walk (10 minute) from the car park, along a rough track and up a small hill, wellies/walking boots are recommended.

A toilet is available for use at the car park, there are no toilets at the hide itself.

A contact system will be in place at the hide, once you are walked in, you will have to let you Wild Intrigue guide know when you wish to leave to prevent disturbance to the Pied Flycatchers and other wildlife.


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