Walks with Nature

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Wildlife Walks in Nature

Location:  Various, often around the LS29 area
Distance: Usually Easy & up to 3 miles max
Skill Level: All abilities
Duration: 2-3 hours & 6-8 hours
Group Size: 3-6 Max
Cost: £35 - £70

2024 Dates 

Saturday 17th Feb, 2pm - 5.30pm Otter Talk & Walk (condensed) (£35) 

Sunday 3rd March, 3.30pm - 6.30pm - Owl Talk & Walk (£35)

Sunday 24th March, 12.30pm - 6.30pm - Otter Trekking (£70)

Saturday 20th April, 8am - 4pm - River & Moor (£70)

Wednesday 24th April, 1pm - 4pm - Kingfisher Talk & Walk (£35) 

Fri 10th May, 8am - 2.30pm - Otter Trekking Day (£70)

Mon 20th May, 7.30pm - 9.30pm Otter Talk & Walk (condensed)  (£35) 

Friday 14th June, 10am - 1pm - Kingfisher Talk & Walk (£35) 

Friday 14th June, 7pm - 10pm - Owl Talk & Walk (£35) 

Walks with Nature are about sinking into an environment with or without a camera and exploring nature at its best.

Each event is delivered in small groups, carefully designed to share fieldcraft tips and techniques for responsibly and ethically enjoying wildlife behaving naturally in its natural environment. 

Can't make the dates?
Private tours and guiding days are available, and costs are flat rate so you can bring friends/family at no additional cost. Private bookings get more and more popular as the year progresses so please get in touch well in advance with any booking enquiries.

This series of nature walks are about exploring habitats in a sensitive and responsible way. Observing natural wonders with little to no impact on their environment. Learning ethical fieldcraft that allows you to experience wildlife at its most spectacular... Natural and undisturbed.

While cameras are more than welcome and there will be opportunities to discuss photography, the photography component is not a key part of the walk. 

Please remember that wildlife is unpredictable and there can be no guarantees on what species we'll see on any nature walk. However, you are guaranteed a relaxing, informative and inspiring time with like-minded people enjoying nature. 

In Search of Owls

Barn Owl on a nature walk

Location: Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire

Duration: 2-3 hours

Seeing an owl is always magical and the best way to see them is in their own environment behaving naturally. This specially designed walk takes in the habitats of at least three owl species and in the right conditions offers a fair chance of seeing them! 

  • Learn responsible and ethical in-the-field techniques of spotting wild owls and their habitats 
  • Experience a range of inspiring environments offering a diverse range of wildlife including Curlew, Lapwing, Kestrel, Sparrow Hawk, Red Kite, Buzzard, Little Owl, Tawny & Barn Owl.
  • Nature Notes: Fact sheet handout full of info on UK owls, their habitats and the best way to find and observe them (emailed as a download after the event)
  • Maximum of 4 participants

  

In Search of Otter

Otter Wildlife Walk

Location: Ilkley and surrounding area, West Yorkshire

Duration: 6-7 hours (new 3 hour option available)

For many, otters are the pinnacle of any wild waterside encounter. Just a glimpse can have you walking on air for weeks! Spotting otters isn't always easy and luck can play a big part. However, there are ways to improve that luck tenfold and this walk & talk will share some top-tips and otter secrets as we explore some popular otter habitats.  With two walks over several territories, we'll also increase our chances of seeing these enigmatic creatures. The walks are divided with a break at the studio for a tea-break and a slideshow talk, before heading out again. 

  • Improve your understanding of the riverside habitat with expert guidance
  • Experience the diverse wildlife of the riverside. Sightings could include Kingfisher, Dipper, Heron, Goosander, oystercatcher, common sandpiper, and with some luck, otters! 
  • Nature Notes: Fact sheet handout full of info on otter, their habitats & the best way to find and observe them (emailed as a download after the event)
  • Maximum of 4 participants


 

In search of Kingfisher

Kingfisher on a perch, part of nature walkLocation: Various West Yorkshire

Duration: 2-3 hours 

Whether it’s a flash of orange and blue whizzing past or perched ready to dive for a fish, experiencing a Kingfisher in its natural habitat is always exhilarating! This carefully prepared walk explores the habitats and the behaviour of the often elusive Kingfisher. 

  • Improve your chances of seeing and experiencing a Kingfisher under expert guidance, so you can responsibly watch them in their natural habitat on future, self-led walks 
  • Experience the diverse wildlife of the riverside including Kingfisher, Dipper, Heron, Goosander, oystercatcher, common sandpiper and (very) occasionally otters! 
  • Nature Notes: Fact sheet handout full of info about Kingfishers their habitats and the best way to find and observe them (emailed as a download after the event)
  • Maximum of 4 participants


St Aidan's

St Aidan's Nature Reserve

Location: St Aidan's, Leeds

Duration: 2-3 hours

A day at St Aidan's where something special isn't spotted is a rarity in itself at this truly unique and extraordinary site. Slovenian, Black Necked and Great Crested grebe, Spoonbill, garganey and short-eared owl are just a few rarities spotted at various times of the year while little owls, bearded tits, bitter, a host of warblers and waders are found to varying degrees throughout the year. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of birds, deer and hare can also often be seen in the early mornings here. This RSPB protected land punches well above its weight and offers great wildlife watching 365 days of the year.

Winter Highlights: Goldeneye, big numbers of Winter Waders, Short Eared Owl, Kingfisher, rare migrating birds

Spring Highlights: Grebes (Slovenian, Black Necked), Great Crested Grebe Mating ritual, Warblers including Sedge, Cetti's, Reed, Chiffchaff, Willow, Whitethroat, Drinking Swallows, swifts and Martins

Year-round highlights: Bearded Tits, Bittern, Little Owl, Kestrel, Peregrine Waders, Wildfowl like Shovelers, Wigeon, Pink-footed goose

 

On the Moor with Moorland Wildlife

Flock of Golden Plover on the Moor

Location: Burley Moor, Ilkley

Duration: 3-4 hours

Explore one of the world's rarest habitats at its most active. Meander through a patchwork of grasses, mosses, heather and wetland environments, just as the wildlife starts to pass through, breed and nest. 

Possible sightings: Ring Ouzel, Wheatear, Snipe and Cuckoo (if lucky!), Curlew, Red Grouse, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Redshank, Oyster Catcher, Red Kite, Kestrel, Merlin, Short Eared Owl, Barn Owl, little owl Brown Hare & much more! 

The River & Moor, One Dayer Tour 

Dipper

Location: Ilkley

Duration: 8 hours

A special day exploring a variety of habitats at one of the busiest times for British Wildlife. The River & Moors tour takes in some of the most diverse and rich habitats in the local area, and on a good day can offer some truly exciting experiences.

As always, we'll focus on responsible and positive ways to watch and experience nature. Sharing in-the-field techniques that will help you to continue enjoyable and ethical wildlife encounters in the future.  

For possible sightings, please see Kingfisher & Moorland birds descriptions. 

Magnificent Malham

Peregrine Young Malham

Location: Malham Village 

Duration: 3 hours (approx)

Put simply, Malham is one of my favourite places on this planet!

With a small group, we'll explore an ancient habitat, rich and diverse in wildlife.

This particular walk is timed to catch the nature and wildlife at its most active.

Not only are there the stunning migrant species like redstart, wheatear and spotted flycatcher but residents like the the green woodpecker and dipper offer great viewing opportunities too.

The iconic peregrines that nest on the cove should be very active too as their will have recently fledged or be very close to fledging, turning the cove area into an amphitheatre of drama!

Butterflies, wildflower fields and orchids all add to the breathtaking beauty of this stunning and unforgettable walk with nature.

As always sensitive and responsible fieldcraft will be at the heart of this unique and memorable event.

Please note: This walk includes some steep inclines and potentially tricky terrain.

 




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Can I bring children?

From an early age, photography has played such a key role in my life. As part of my desire to champion photography to young people I offer free places for under 16s when accompanied by a paying adult

What if the weather forecast is bad?

You may be surprised just how many bad forecasts result in beautiful days - it happens a lot!

Walking Photography will always try and proceed with a planned photo walk. If extreme weather conditions or severe accessibility issues arise, then the walk date will rearranged for a convenient date. 

What if the weather is bad? 

It is surprisingly rare to have an event that is completely marred by the weather. With a deep to commitment to offering fun and enjoyable photo walks and workshops, if the event is judged to have been ruined by the weather participants will be given a 50% discount voucher off a future Photo Walk workshop up to the same value. 

Can I bring my camera phone or tablet?

Yes! We welcome camera phone and tablet walkers on most photo walks. There are some events like Get a Grip Course and the Night Photo Walks where you require manual functions on your camera. Such events are clearly noted in the descriptions.

What is the accessibility like? 

Accessibility varies widely from event to event. Please get in touch with any accessibility questions.

Walking Photography also offers Private Leisure Tours at a fixed rate that can be tailored to address any accessibility needs.

 

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