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Our Sparrowhawk Photography Hide, as Featured on Autumnwatch 2015 – has to be one of the best nature hides in the UK.
Chris Packham was blown away with this place and raved all through the series about Mad Max and described this Sparrowhawk not only as the best bird on the planet as a species, but the best bird in the world as an individual!
The Sparrowhawk is visiting several times almost every day along with a host of other species such as Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Siskin, Goldfinch and Lesser Redpoll are regular visitors along with several other species of finches and Tits. We also get regular visits from Buzzards and Roe Deer.
Beside the War Memorial at, Ringford, DG7 2AL
It can get a bit chilly at this site as it is situated in the moors and relatively high up so warm clothing is advisable. The walk to the spot is less than 100 yards, with a slight incline. Toilets are available on site.
There is to be no messing about with the set-up in anyway.
Disturbance must be kept to a minimum.
Do not wander in and out of the hide unless completly neccessary
No gaps in the netting making yourself visible in any way from outside.
No sudden lens movements
Noise to be kept to a minimum
Please take all your mess home
When the Male Hawk visits please wait until he starts feeding before any shots are fired
The site is covered by CCTV with audio.
Anyone found to be flouting the rules will not be welcome back to any hides run by Scottish Photography Hides.
Please be aware you may be required to cabletie dead mice on the designated perches during your day.
Available: All Year
Max Participants: 10 Persons
Plates are in the this hide so a gimble heads can be used
Meeting Point & Time
Meeting is 7:00am Beside the War Memorial at, Ringford, DG7 2AL
It is important that clients are there sharp as the hide manager only has a 30 minute window and if you are late you may loose your day. It would also be appreciated if you could be suited and booted and have all required kit ready prior to the meeting. Thanks in advance.
From the 7am start you can finish whenever you wish. However we advise that you stay until the light fades so that you maximise your chances of capturing your intended subjects. Another reason we encourage you to stay is the best light at this hide is the last few hours of the day.
Because of our schedule we cannot meet any later than this. However if you have been before then it can be arranged that you make your own way up. Please note the cost is the same as you are still taking a place up for that particular day.
It is our policy not to give out our number as in the past it caused to much hassle as we were receiving calls all day and night. We were forced to make the decision to only deal with emails, Facebook messenger or Instagram messages.
No, you are greeted at the meeting point then are told to follow the site manager to the hide where you park up. The hide is only a short walk from here.
NO, All bait must be supplied by Scottish Photography hides.
If you would like a hide to yourself the number of seats in that particular hide must be paid for. If you want the whole site to yourself it is a high cost and a price can be arranged.
Only if no other clients are using the hide that day.
Unfortunately no, We do our best to attract them regularly and have a high hit rate. Of course there will be days a no show occurs, but we are dealing with wildlife here so you must understand this can happen. On the rare days it does not turn up you will still have PLENTY of opportunities to photograph a wide rang of good subjects.
If the cancelation occurs within one month of the hide date you will unfortunately lose your day altogether. If it is over a month away you will be able to choose another date that must be taken within a 12 month period of the cancelation. With covid being a factor in recent times we have extended this period to 2 years. However no refunds will be issued on any cancelations
There are no words which do this place justice. It’s a fair trek from Edinburgh and the central belt but worth the early (very) start.
Met and shown to hide in plenty of time and shown where feed is kept and how to replace. Word of warning to the squeamish _ there were rats everywhere when we arrived and the seed and bait was being laid out.. Lterally crawling over each other under the boardwalks..
That said they didn’t come near us or bother us in any way. They are just there to gather what food they can but I can see how it may freak some folks out.
Sadly the sparrowhawk was absent for all but a very fleeting visit, during which it made several high speed swoops trying to catch live prey. Due to its angle of attack and the positioning of the hides it wasn’t possible to get a shot of it in flight, but I did manage a couple when it stopped briefly on a branch before disappearing again..
Wild birds don’t fiddle to our tune, so there are no complaints on my part. It was a privilege to get to see it at all.
Throughout the day we had pheasant, the obligatory Jay which was present in numbers pretty much all day, goldfinch, chaffinch, nuthatch (twice briefly), tits, buzzard, woodpecker and several others.
It is a fantastic set up and we had an absolutely fantastic day and came away with some shots we were happy with.
Definitely be going back. Just have to decide which hide and when i can afford the drive!