Woodland Wildlife Hide

Woodland Wildlife Hide

(2 customer reviews)

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.

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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 closes 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 visit the hide sporadically. 

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December 2021


£100.00 1 photographer

£160.00 2 photographers




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.

2 reviews for Woodland Wildlife Hide

  1. Edward Braham (verified owner)

    We had a great day! We met Cain at 7 as arranged and walked up. Happily the ford was dry and in no time we were at the hide. Boots off before we went in and we put them on the tray provided.

    The hide is brand new, well laid out and incredibly well equipped. When it came out, the sun was always more or less behind us There is an open window section below, camouflaged with netting, and one-way mirrored window above.

    For the photographer, gimbals on movable stands plus also good beanbags. If I was being fussy I would say my gimbal is better engineered and moves more easily, but these are very usable indeed and are on short desktop stands that can be moved around easily. I would use these ones if I am lucky enough to be able to come back.

    I used a full frame Canon with 100-400mm and 600mm lenses, and both have their advantages. I got some nice pics with the zoom but took more pics with the 600mm as the light was not great and I wanted the wider aperture. It was a bit tight though for squirrels – a 500mm would have given a bit more room – but the extra reach was great for smaller birds. Beanbag needed for the longer lens but I got to really enjoy the ease of moving around with it..

    Office-style chairs mean you can raise the height and look through the one-way glass or drop it and use the bench/open windows. Plus the castors mean you can move around easily. Such a good solution!

    Rubber matting on the floor meant we were just about warm enough even without indoor slippers, which had been recommended but we left ours in the car by mistake! I will remember next time.

    Proper coffee and biscuits as well were much appreciated too.

    Squirrels were very co-operative and even the early photos in relatively low light were fun. Birds included Pied Flycatcher on the way up, Lesser Redpoll, Nuthatch, Siskin, Coal Tit, Chaffinch and Jay.

    My wife came with me. As well as having a great time too herself, it was really helpful to have someone who was looking at everything going while I was engrossed with what I could see in the viewfinder.

    We left around 12 but could have put out more food for the wildlife and stayed till late afternoon.

    Thank you for such a great experience.

  2. malcolm Welch (verified owner)

    After a period of poor weather I was lucky to get a fine sunny day with a cold start. Good to get a freindly welcome and pleasant chat as I was shown up to the hide. The willdlife was already waiting and took litttle notice of our arrival. Excellent hide and the added touch of comfy chairs makes all the difference for oldies like me with arthritis in my back. Six hours on my own flashed by with only a few short breaks in the wildlife to watch and photograph.

    Took a short while to get used to red squirrels clattering on the roof and then peering in through the two way galss only inches from my face. Whilst seems a bit pricey to book I believe it is the going rate for such hides elswhere and you can’t fault the facilities in the hide.

    A very enjoyable visit and many exellent photos.

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