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Water Rail Hide

07:30 – Dusk

October – Feb

The Water rail photography hide is situated on a lowland tidal stream this hide offers some incredible close up and open views of this bird which is renowned for its shyness and skulking behaviour.

This hide has been built in a shallow side stream at a very low level.

It offers a clean and distant backdrop which allows the photographer to obtain some breathe taking images of this elusive bird.

This hide only accommodates two persons and due to the light you will only get 2 or 3 hours at optimum light levels. This is more than enough time to get plenty of shots so the small window is not a problem.

As this hide is situated on a tidal estuary the tide will reach this hide on a daily basis. When booking we will make you aware of the time this will take place and we will advise accordingly.

Water level is most important at this hide as if the river rises even 6 inches then low level hide is not an option as the water becomes too deep for the birds to wade and also for you to lie in.

For this reason it is advisable when booking to leave it as late as possible so that we can assess the conditions and make judgement from there.

Meeting Point

Beside the War Memorial at, Ringford, DG7 2AL

Meeting Time

Monday-Sunday: 07:30am

Photography Hide Facilities



Layby Parking

Disabled Access

Terms & Conditions

By booking this photography workshop you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions.

Additional Information

As you will be lying down most of the time comfort is essential to making sure you get the most out of your time in the hide therefore warm padded clothing is a must in the colder months. The short walk can be muddy in winter so good walking boots or wellingtons are recommended. Dark upper clothing is also desirable.

Due to the location of the hide, there are no toilets on site. There are however large reed beds which are discreet, but if this is not suitable there are public toilets in the nearby town which are a 5 minute drive away.

Available: October – February
Max Participants: 2 Persons
Lenses: 300-500mm

Meeting Point & Time
07:30AM 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 7:15am start you can finish whenever you wish.

Because of our schedule we cannot meet any later than the time stated

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.

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.

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-19 being a factor in recent times we have extended this period to 2 years. However no refunds will be issued on any cancelations.

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