British Mammals Devon

British Mammals Devon
  • £160.00 /person
  • Deposit: £40.00
  • Location: Broadwoodwinger, Devon
  • Dates:
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  • Duration: 1 day
  • Leader: Janette Hill
  • Group Size: Maximum of 6
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A chance to take photographs of British Mammals in a natural setting in a unique facility that is not open to the general public. A magnificent collection of captive mammals are placed in a position where there is unimpeded vision. All settings are planted to mimic a wide range of natural habitats with fully mature vegetation, rocks, logs, dry stone walls, logs and established landscaping.

Species available to photograph are PineMartin, Weasel, Stoat, Mink, Red Fox, House Mice, Water Voles, European Beaver, Brown Rat, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Polecat, Scottish Wildcat, Water Shrew, Bank Voles, Harvest Mice, Hedgehog, Muntjac Deer, Roe deer, Wild Boar, Mole, Marsh Frog, European Otter, Corn Crake, Greylag Geese, Heck Cattle and many more.

There are wild bird feeding stations everywhere to attract a variety of species including Meadow Pipits, Goldfinches, Linnets and Yellowhammers.  Butterfies can also be spotted.

The location is within easy access of the Devon Cornwall border.  All days are accompanied by a trained animal handler and Janette Hill.    Each day is flexible and provides the opportunity to obtain images of species that would be nigh on impossible in the wild.   On  wet weather days we can spend the day inside with many different options available to us.   The day is yours!

There is also the opportunity to stay later and watch Beavers in their natural setting of an 8 acre valley with specially designed lower dam walls allowing for “infinity” photography.   This is an optional extra and take place after the normal workshop!

This is a small group workshop only.  Numbers are limited to 6 people.

Client Testimonials

What You'll Learn

  • Compositional techniques
  • Facts and information about all of the Mammals from the expert animal handlers
  • Shutter speed priority v Aperture priority
  • All about ISO
  • Histograms, why do I need this?
  • Which position to be in for the best shot!
  • Practice Macro work if you wish


Client Testimonials

  • Peter M

    “This is one of those hands on workshops, or rather a muddy knees and wellies workshop.  But be warned there are so many distractions for folk like me,  Harvest Mice, Water Voles, Foxes, Pine Martens and I haven’t got to the Otters and Beavers yet!  Small wonder I took any photos at all.

    That immediately tells you Janette is no Sergeant Major  making her presence felt at every turn.  Rather she is in the background on hand to offer the benefits of her very considerable expertise with an easy charm that makes novices like me immediately feel at ease and not afraid to ask.

    The animals are presented in a very similar way, their handlers are not “book learned experts”, they know and love their subjects and are on hand to offer their wisdom too.

    I  have no hesitation in recommending this Workshop to young and old, novice and expert alike and really only have one word for it “Magic”.

    Thank you Janette.”

  • Richard P

    “I recently attended a great superb mammals workshop in Devon organised and led by Janette. She readily gave advice and support throughout the 2 days and created an easy, humorous bond between the small group of attendees which made the event a memorable experience.

    I would thoroughly recommend anyone who’s interested in nature and wildlife photography to attend one of Janette’s workshops as you will return with some great photos and increased knowledge about all aspects of photography”

  • Angela B

    “Just had a fantastic day at the British Mammals Centre in Devon with Janette. The day was very well organised and the accommodation first class.    I took 677 images throughout the day and am hoping for some outstanding ones amongst them.   Janette could not have been more helpful and willing to give advice on camera settings and how/ where to get the best shots.   She knows her cameras inside out and has an obvious love of photography and wildlife      Some animals such as the Pine Marten, Beavers and Water Voles I have only ever seen on TV before so it was great to be able to get up close to them in the “flesh”!   Lavinia, the animal handler, was very good in getting the animals into a good position with the aid of plenty of food!    Would love to go again in the future and recommend the workshop to anyone.”

  • Jennie

    “I had a fantastic day on the British Mammals workshop in Devon. I learned so much in a short time from Janette. It was a fun day and everyone was so helpful and friendly.

    I really recommend the workshop, I will definitely be back to do it again!”

  • Tori

    “I attended a mammal workshop with Janette and came away with some images that I am really pleased with.  Janette made sure that every person went away happy and there was so much to shoot.  Thank you, Janette!”

  • Becky

    “I went on the British mammals course with my friend and we were the only 2 on the course. Janette’s knowledge of the animals and how to get the best shot is incredible and I would recommend anyone who is interested in animal photography to go with this course. It’s amazing and I loved every minute of it and have some good shots from it too. Highly recommended and Janette makes the day even better with how nice she is and how comfortable she makes you feel. 100% will be doing another course with her”


The wildlife photography centre is set in the beautiful landscape of the River Tamar Valley near Launceston on the Border of Devon and Cornwall.   The centre has been used by the BBC and provides an unparalleled opportunity to photograph the broadest range of wildlife subjects with relative ease.

Each day begins with tea, coffee, biscuits and a quick chat before moving off to each location to take pictures of as many mammals as we can throughout the day.

The day is relaxed and run at the pace that you want it too.   If you want to spend all day photographing just 1 animal this is possible.  If you want to take images of as many animals as you can this is also possible but do understand that  animal welfare will also be paramount! We do not do anything at all that causes distress to an animal.

We move from location to location to photograph the animals in natural settings.    We also spend time in one place where the animals are transferred to us from their large off-show holding cages.  This ensures minimal damage to the vegetation in the photography sets.

You will have the opportunity to obtain some stunning images.  We break for lunch and more tea and coffee before continuing to shoot in the afternoon. The day will end at about 4pm.  Lunch is provided.

For those who wish we can stay on for the Beaver Watch.

Accommodation can be arranged at a local farm for those who require it.  Please just ask.

  • Included
  • Entry Fees
  • Expert animal Handler Fees
  • Lunch
  • Tea, Coffee and Biscuits
  • Photographic Tuition
  • Exclusive access to indoor and outdoor sets
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Excluded
  • Items of a personal Nature
  • Photographic Insurance
  • British Mammals
    • 10.00 Meet up
    • 10.15 Tea, Coffee, biscuits and a chat about the day
    • 10.30 Begin the days shoot
    • 1300 Lunch - provided
    • 13.30 Afternoon shoot
    • 16.00 End of day chat
    • Evening Beaver Watch - for those who want to! (Extra fee for this)
  • What camera do I need?

    Any camera will be fine.  We will adapt the day in accordance with your equipment and ability.  If you have a DSLR this is great but a compact camera will also take good images also!

  • What lenses do I need?

    There will be opportunities to use a number of different lenses.   Generally you will not need anything longer than 400mm.    70-200mm is a good range to have.   A macro lens is also useful for detail and for taking images of the smaller mammals like bank voles and harvest mice.    If you intend to stay for beaver watching a 600mm may be useful but not absolutely necessary.   If you have the lenses we always say take them with you just in case.  Always better to have a lens in your bag so you can use it if you want to rather than leave it at home and wish you had taken it with you!   It is safe to leave equipment in the office also so you will not have to carry it all day.

  • How much does it costs for the optional beaver watching?

    £10.00 per person.    You can decide whether you want to do this or not when you are there.  Beaver watching is sometimes dependent on weather (they do not like rain!) and so you can plan this later.

  • What is the farmhouse accommodation like?

    It is clean and you are given a hearty breakfast!   Janette also stays there so will be around each evening to answer questions and review images if you would like her to do so.  It is also located next to the venue so it is very convenient for travel.

  • Do I need a tripod?

    It is up to you really.  If you want to use large heavy lenses then a tripod will help to keep it steady BUT you will be better off if you hand hold your camera so that you are able to move around freely to alter your composition.  A tripod is likely to be a hinderance rather than a help.

    If you are staying for beaver watching a tripod is useful.  A portable seat is also useful as we have to be in position at least 1 hour before the beavers are due to show.


  • What clothing shall I bring?

    British weather is so unpredictable these days it is best to bring everything in layers so that you can remove layers if it is hot and put them back on again when it is cold!    Waterproofs are essential just in case you are exposed when watching the beavers and it rains un-expectantly.   If it is a wet rainy day we will be working under cover but it may be cold.    Wellies or walking boots are best for your feet as sometimes the grassy areas may be damp.    You would not want to be working all day with wet feet.

  • What else should I bring?

    Sometimes it is good to get down and dirty.    By this we mean to get low down, even by laying down on the ground so that your shots are at eye level with the animals (fox and wildcat are good for low shots).  For this a little mat or plastic sheet to lay on will help to keep you dry.    You might consider bringing knee pads also for these type of shots.

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