Photograph this iconic raptor in our newly refurbished hide.
Now a common sight around our towns as much as our countryside, Buzzards are the largest raptors to inhabit the whole of the UK. Our Buzzard Hide allows for close-up photography of these majestic birds at a private site just outside the small market town of Wirksworth, Derbyshire. The Buzzards nest close by and are attracted to the site using roadkill. Although curious, these birds are wary of humans due to years of persecution thus making established hides one of the best ways to photograph them. The hide is available to hire at times when the amount of the Buzzard's prey is waning therefore increasing the likelihood the birds will come to the hide to feed. However, the Buzzards are completely wild and we try to avoid habituating the birds by staggering the food supply.
Established in 2011 and redesigned for 2015, two photographers can comfortably fit inside the hide and a wide window ledge gives more than enough support for long lenses and beanbags. The window is screened with scrim netting to obscure the photographer.
Please be aware, you may have to share the hide with another photographer. For exclusive use, please get in touch.
Although every attempt is made to ensure the buzzards make a visit, at the end of the day they are completely wild and therefore, visits can never be guaranteed.
You can make a booking for this hide online by selecting a date from the calendar. Alternatively you can call 07875449820.
We recommend lenses between 300mm and 500mm. Zoom lenses give excellent flexibility. Please make sure you bring fully charged batteries and plenty of memory cards.
Own a tripod head? Bring it along!
The hide has been built to be tripod-head friendly. We've engineered the hide so tripod heads can be mounted on to the camera ledge giving you a familiar basis for your camera without needing to worry about tripod legs.
Beanbags are provided as standard. You will need a tripod-head with a standard-size mount (3/8 inch).
Comfort is essential to making sure you get the most out of your time in the hide therefore warm clothing is a must. We recommend thermal leggings and tops with a couple of layers on top. The walk to the hide is over relatively flat pasture but this can be muddy so walking boots or sturdy shoes are recommended. Dark upper clothing is desirable.
Tea, coffee, hot water and biscuits are provided to keep you topped up for the day but make sure you bring some lunch with you.
Due to the location of the hide, there are no toilets on site. You should be prepared to remain in the hide for several hours at a time. You can leave whenever you like, however, this is likely to deter the Buzzards from visiting.
Accommodation is available in the nearby town of Wirksworth. There are also a number of B&Bs and pubs that provide accommodation in the area. Get in touch of you need a recommendation.