Mountain Hare Photography Workshop

Mountain Hare Photography Workshop – Derbyshire, Peak District.

Join me on a mountain hare photography workshop for a fantastic opportunity to see our native mountain hares on the stunning moorlands of the Peak District National Park.

About the Mountain Hare

The mountain hare is actually the UK’s only native hare. Their European cousin the brown hare was introduced to our country by the Romans. The Peak District is home to the only population of mountain hares outside of the Scottish Highlands. Since their reintroduction in the 1800’s the population has been steadily growing, with the high moorlands providing an ideal habitat for these beautiful animals.

Mountain Hare Glare - This Mountain hare continually pestered one female until she'd had enough and gave him a good crack before he turned round rather grumpily to look at me! Poor guy! Peak District National Park. This Mountain hare continually pestered one female until she'd had enough and gave him a good crack before he turned round rather grumpily to look at me! Poor guy! Here I used the low vegetation in front of me to frame the hare, contrasting the cold whites of the hare’s fur and the warm browns of the heather. Snowy Hare - Mountain Hare Photography Workshop Mountain Hare Environment - Mountain Hare Photography Workshop Patchy Mountain Hare - Mountain Hare Photography Workshop Eating Mountain Hare - Mountain Hare Photography Workshop Mountain Hare in Grough - Mountain Hare Photography Workshop Mountain Hare in long grass - Mountain Hare Photography Workshop Mountain Hare Silhouette Mountain Hare in Peat Grough

Fitness difficulty:

Difficult, 6+ miles walking

Long walks along uneven and steep boggy ground.

Availability:

November - April

January

December

This workshop is timed to see the mountain hares in their stunning white winter coats.

Pricing

6

Full Day Workshop

6 hours // £60 deposit

£165

1-2-1 Workshop

£120

1-2 Workshop (per participant)

4

4 hours // £40 deposit

£115

1-2-1 Workshop

£80

1-2 Workshop (per participant)

Reduced or extended workshops are available on request.

Mountain Hare Photography Workshop. Mountain hare feasting on the fresh grass shoots on a high moorland plateau in the Peak District National park. Here I used the low vegetation in front of me to frame the hare, contrasting the cold whites of the hare’s fur and the warm browns of the heather.
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What do my guests think?

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I went on a very friendly, personalised trip into the Peak District to search for mountain hares with Francis. During the day Francis explained the terrain and behaviour of the hares, using great field craft to ensure we got close to the hares in their natural habitat.

 

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What can you expect?

As an award-winning professional photographer with extensive local knowledge, I run all of my photography workshops personally. My aim is simple; to inspire and encourage you to take your photography to the next level whilst taking in some of the finest wildlife and scenery the UK has to offer. 

From detailed portraits to environmental and behavioural images, my mountain hare photography workshops will show you how to capture a stunning portfolio of these amazing mammals. 

Throughout the day we may also have the opportunity to photograph; red grouse, golden plover, short eared owls, kestrels and more!

The welfare of the subject is of utmost importance in all my wildlife photography workshops. I will teach you the essential fieldcraft skills required to get close and capture stunning images without causing stress or disturbance. 

Recommended equipment

  • DSLR, mirrorless or bridge camera
  • A 500mm+ lens or 300mm with teleconverters is ideal (or equivalent on crop/bridge camera).   
  • Due to the low angles we will be shooting at, a beanbag is recommended if you require additional support.
  • There may also be opportunities for landscape photography, so a wide angle or standard zoom lens and a sturdy tripod are recommended. 

Additional information

  • Camouflage is not essential for this workshop, however neutral colours – browns and greens are advisable.
  • Due to the nature of the location we may be lying on boggy ground and crossing slippy peat groughs to get to eye level with the hares. Waterproof walking boots are essential and waterproof clothing is strongly recommended. 

Please visit the FAQ’s section for more information on what to bring.

Mountain Hare Photography Workshop