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Woodland Bird Workshops

Woodland Bird Workshops.

Nr. Hawick, Scottish Borders

The cost

1 person £60. 2 people £50 per person,  3 and 4 people £40 per person.



The Hide

The hide seats four people, plates are fitted to take tripod heads or beanbags are available if required.  The hide is also heated and has an internet connection if required and toilet facilities are available.

The birds are 12 – 16 feet from the camera on multiple setups including a reflection pool

Some of the birds visiting are, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, Eurasian jay, treecreeper, common redpoll, blue tit, great tit, coal tit, long-tailed tit (in winter), dunnock, goldfinch, Robin, pheasant, collared dove, occasionally Sparrowhawk, occasionally spotted flycatcher, blackbird, tree sparrow, the house sparrow. brambling. grey wagtail

We will be looking at exposure and exposure compensation, the use of shutter speed and ISO setting in relation to shutter speeds and aperture settings along with white balance setting and the use of Kelvin

The birds are very close and exceptionally good images can be expected with great backgrounds.

Toilet facilities available



Thank you for a brilliant morning. I learnt more from you than all the online courses I’ve done I’ll definitely be back. For any female photographers feeling nervous I have to say that the safe welcome given by you and Lynne was just so reassuring. Thank you so so much

Shona Finlayson ………Bigger


Myself and Jim spent a very enjoyable few hours in the company of Ron at his hide this morning. Great set-up with a huge variety of photo opportunities. Lots of helpful pointers and great photography and wildlife chat not to mention first-class coffee. Would certainly recommend it to others and will be returning soon to try out the badger hide. 

William Stuart with Jim Flynn ……… Livingstone

Hi Ron

Just a thank you for the wonderful time my brother Derek and I spent in your hide recently. Wonderful setup, great advice and stories and the coffee were worth the trip alone. We highly recommend anyone interested in bird photography to visit the hide. We will be booking the Badger hide soon and look forward to seeing you again.

Ronnie Shephard……….

Hi Ron

Had a great photography session today with Ron in the garden hide. The weather was awful but the welcome was warm. The hide was comfortable and the range of birds was nothing short of spectacular, got some great shots, Ron even helped me with my camera settings which for someone like me was a real benefit. Highly recommended, looking forward to my next visit.

Many thanks

Steve Long…….

Hi Ron
Many thanks for your hospitality this morning when I visited with Kevin and Alison.
Like the others, I’m not exactly new to photographing birds but still learned a lot, esp re white balance and techniques for catching them landing. That’s the joy of photography, there’s always something to learn!
I managed to shoot nearly 2000 images so the computer is still chewing away on them, I’ll start looking this evening.
Thanks again, I’m sure I’ll be back.
Pete Birrel..…..
Hi Ron
Just to say thank you for this morning’s workshop, Peter and I really enjoyed the experience and your informative company.
Your photography is very inspiring, I was just pleased to get a few shots with decent exposure!
Look forward to catching up again in the near future.
All the best Malcolm………………
Malcolm Roberts

Hi Ron,

An email to let you know how very much I enjoyed yesterday morning at Tower Cottage. I have never been in such a luxury hide before, with heating and a supply of coffee and biscuits, and your most excellent company as mine host! Very pleased with some of my nuthatch shots — it is over seven years since my “early period” with nuthatches in Fairmilehead and I am pleased to report, albeit somewhat immodestly, that I can see a great improvement in the results.

I greatly appreciated your quiet understated educational approach, in relation for instance to the business of moving the single focus point in relation to the size and posture of the bird, and being sure of how to do it quickly. Seems so simple and obvious with hindsight, but…………………. Kelvin too is a new addition to my armamentarium, so after today I shall feel a little less like “just a birder with a camera”.

Peter Thompson…………….Musselburgh

“Many thanks for a great morning. I’ll certainly be back this spring”

Jim Black….. Paisley

“Just wanted to thank you and Lynn for the most lovely day yesterday. It was a real delight to be welcomed to your home and a day I will treasure. When we walked to the hide I just couldn’t believe the cacophony of bird song I could hear in the trees. I knew then I was in for a real treat!
Not only did I learn so much and got some great tips and advice it was just wonderful to hear about your travels and experiences and see some of your amazing pictures”

Philly Bell ….. Alnwick

“Ron – Thanks again for the two wonderful mornings at your hide, the group were delighted with the pictures and all keen to repeat the experience, hopefully in February”

Carole Maclaren. North Berwick Photographic Society


“Just a wee thank you for running the workshop today – all the “lads” really enjoyed the visit and we certainly plan a return trip next year.  I also got one of the shots I’ve always wanted, goldfinch on the teasel,  with at least at a couple of hundred more to process!

All the best to you and your wife for Christmas and a Very Good New Year when it comes.”
Mike Clarke – Penicuik camera club
Ron – Had a fantastic day at your Woodland Bird hide. Plenty of visitors to the feeders, including Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Brambling, Dunnock, Sparrow, Robin, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Starlings, and the odd Wood Pigeon and Collared Dove.
Ron is a great host and goes out of his way to make you comfortable and get the best out of your hide session. Nothing was too much trouble, even down to keeping me topped up with hot drinks.
Thanks for a rewarding day Ron. Hope to visit again when I’m in the area”
Alan Grant – Somerset
“Ron – Thanks again for a great morning at the hide Ron I got some really nice images thanks to your guidance found your advice spot on and the birds very cooperative certainly will be back in the wintertime”
Bryan Johnson – Selkirk

“Ron – Thanks for a great time on the workshop just had a look at the Siskin and goldys really happy best I’ve taken yet. The light was spot on. Please keep me informed of anything else coming up and still might do that one again to hit on with the Redpolls.”

Neil Cairns – Morpeth

“Ron – This is a long overdue thank you message for our visit to your woodland hide. Joan and I thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent with you. I don’t know about Joan’s pics but I am very pleased with mine. I’m getting used to my new camera and getting good results. Think I might go for a longer lens……..had a rubbish X2 converter which I got rid of.

Thanks again for your hospitality and thanks to your birdies for performing for us! I may come back sometime.”

Louise Wallace – Selkirk


The Set Up

Please take a look at this video made by my old friend Dean Bricknell showing the hide and outside set up.

There are many stations the birds attend in the area and many different opportunities for good photography during your visit. If the hide is full there is still room for all to use two bodies if required

Lenses required

Zoom lenses are a good idea, 100 – 400, 150 – 600mm are a good size, Prime lenses 300mm, 400mm, 500mm. The birds are large in the frame with 500mm & 600mm but you get intimate portraits with these larger lenses.

Bridge cameras can be really good at this workshop, a great opportunity to get a video of the birds

Toilet facilities are available

The cost

1 person £60. 2 people £50 per person,  3 and 4 people £40 per person.

Woodland Bird workshop interest form

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