Group size: 4 photographer maximum per day.
Time: meet at 10:30am for a short briefing and finishing at 4pm.
Cost: £125 per person, hide rental only.
Set within an English woodland, we have constructed a comfortable, professional hide where you can enjoy seeing this beautiful bird. A handsome adult male visits most days with the slightly paler and larger female making the odd appearance on some days. During the months of June and July, it may be possible to observe the family interactions between juveniles and adults. We firmly believe that this is the best site in Britain for seeing and photographing wild Buzzards at close range.
The wild Buzzard hide is located within an idyllic 600-acre farm, near Market Harborough, Leicestershire, 15 minutes from Junction 20 of M1. We meet at 10.30am at Marston Lodge farm in Marston Trussell, LE16 9TT. Please note that if using Google Map, the postcode will take you to the neighbouring farm. Marston Lodge entrance is close to the junction between Dick’s Hill and Sibbertoft Road. Go through the big metal gate down the long track leading to the farmhouse on the right, where you will be welcomed. The day will finish at around 4pm.
What to bring
All participants will be driven to and collected at the end of the session. So there is practically no walking involved. Therefore you will not be subjected to the elements when using this hide.
You may want to bring a flask of tea and some snacks for the duration of your stay. The hide is well insulated but may be very cold at the start of the day in the colder months so warm, layered clothing is advisable.
One of the unique features of this professional hide, is the distance that it affords the photographer to the subject. If you are using a cropped-sensor camera, you can still get a full frame shot of this beautiful raptor with a modest 300mm focal lens.
With full-size sensor bodies, a 500mm will give you a tight fill of the entire frame. In fact, a shorter zoom lens is also recommended for shots when the Buzzard spreads its wings.
Conditions of booking
The welfare of wildlife is paramount to us. It has taken us a long time to developed this site as we have made a lot of effort to keep them as undisturbed as possible. This is one of the reasons why the hide is only open three days a week, primarily designed to minimise our impact and to encourage natural, wild behaviour.
As a consequence, they are still not used to people. It is therefore absolutely vital that no one ventures out of the hide during the session. Doing so will prevent the birds from coming in, not just for the rest of the day, but potentially for days to come.
To prevent any unintentional disturbance caused to the birds during the use of the hide, we have a portable loo available in a separate chamber for your convenience. You will be collected at a set time.
There are a couple of small but cozy, wooden cabins available for hire should you require an overnight’s stay, situated within the farm. Please check with us for cost and availability.
Strictly no smoking is permitted inside the hide and please takes all litter home with you and leaves things as you’ve found it.