Woodland Wildlife Hide
Photograph some of northern England’s most intriguing wildlife, at Wild Intrigue’s purpose built hide at RSPB Haweswater.
From the iconic Red Squirrel to the elusive Great Spotted Woodpecker, the Wild Intrigue Woodland Wildlife Hide provides incredible wildlife encounters and photography opportunities. Situated in a quiet corner of the Lake District within the mossy woodlands of RSPB Haweswater, the hide is the perfect, secluded base to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
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, many of which visit the hide. Your booking will contribute to the continued conservation and enhancement of these important habitats, and the wildlife they support.
Developed and constructed from a photographic perspective, the hide looks out onto a beautiful woodland scene, with natural perches and a well established feeding station. Two-way mirror windows, photography ports and gimbal heads give you the best chance of capturing those perfect images, whilst luxury seats and complimentary refreshments make you feel right at home.
A variety of the highest quality seeds and nuts are always topped up in the feeding station, providing a balanced diet for wild visitors and supporting local businesses. Through the provision of high quality, varied food, the hide welcomes a rich array of species, with fluttering wings and pitter-pattering squirrel footsteps often the accompanying soundtrack.
Of course the wildlife of Haweswater is just that – wild! So it cannot be guaranteed which species will visit, or when they may appear.
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 hide. Once settled in, you are welcome to enjoy the hide for yourself. Full arrival details will be provided upon booking.
Wild Intrigue are proud to support the Wild Haweswater initiative through the construction and operation of the Woodland Wildlife Hide.
*Please note the Woodland Wildlife Hide will be closed from 1st September until mid November, due to the excellent conservation work of RSPB Haweswater the Red Squirrels have a bountiful supply of natural food at this time of the year, which means they only visitthe hide sporadically. Our bookings are still open for November/December 2021.
One photographer: £100.00
Two Photographers: £160.00
Currently, all bookings are for full day photography sessions. Half day photography and watching sessions may be organised in the near-future.
The hide has been set for focal lengths between 300-600mm to enable a good variety of images.
Each of the windows have Neville plates and gimbal heads which are suitable for zoom lenses. Beanbags are also provided for larger aperture lenses.
The hide can become a little cold during the winter months, particularly during all-day photography sessions, 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 and locally-made biscuits are provided, however there is currently no visitor centre or cafe at RSPB Haweswater so a packed lunch is recommended.
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.
Session timings and the parking location will be provided via email upon booking.
The hide is a short walk (5-10 minute) from the car park, along a rough track and up a small hill.
There is a small ford which is usually dry, though in periods of heavy rain fall it does fill with water, wellies are recommended (we can also provider a pair of waders if necessary). In the event of extremely heavy rain, the ford can become impassable, in this situation we will be in touch with you with as much notice as possible.
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 should you need to get in touch with Wild Intrigue.
We will provide bird seed and hazel nuts for you to top up the perches on full day sessions, with the understanding that leaving the hide may impact wildlife activity.
Wild Intrigue have gained ‘Good To Go’ accreditation from Visit England due to the efforts made in creating COVID-19 secure experiences.