Watching wildlife

Whether abroad or in your own back garden, this feature showcases companies who provide wildlife watching days out, equipment, accessories and/or services. Simply click on a company below to uncover more details

Pakatak Ltd

Wildlife watching cameras

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CJ Wildlife

Wildlife care products

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Swarovski

High-quality optics

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Amanzi Travel

Conservation volunteering

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BIPP

British Institute of Professional Photography

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Discover Parks

Holiday homes and touring parks

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Lawson's

Birding and safaris

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Speed Graphic

Photography accessories

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Van Hage

Diverse garden centres

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The Garden Crowd

Nutritional bird food

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Just Limited

Camera accessories

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Benro Tripods

Tripods, heads and bags

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The Deep

Award-winning aquarium

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Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre

Nearly 40 Birds of Prey and Owls

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Speyside Wildlife

Wildlife-watching day trips and holidays

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Anglesey Sea Zoo

Showcasing British marine life

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The British Wildlife Centre

A real natural history lesson

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Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre

Unique flying experiences

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Redwings Horse Sanctuary

The UK's largest horse sanctuary

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All Things Wild Nature Centre

Year-round family attraction

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Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Devoted to conservation

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Pakatak Ltd

Pakatak Ltd are a small family run firm based in Essex, UK. We are the UK distributors for the popular Ltl Acorn range of wildlife cameras and equipment. Wildlife cameras are perfect for capturing footage of the creatures in your garden both day and night, they are inexpensive and simple to use. Take a glimpse of the often unseen world of wildlife in your own garden!

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CJ Wildlife

CJ Wildlife have over 30 years' experience in researching and developing products to help you attract, care for and enjoy the wide variety of wildlife in your garden. From foods, feeders, bird tables, nest boxes and water dishes for your garden birds to insect hotels, hedgehog houses, squirrel feeders and wildlife friendly plants to help attract a wider variety of species to your garden, CJ's offer a wide range of high quality wildlife care products delivered direct to your door. Request your catalogue here.

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Swarovski

We are leaders in terms of quality and innovation in the area of high-quality long-range optics, and strengthen this aspiration further. We see it as our duty to improve what is good, constantly surprise our customers, and exceed their expectations. Our love for beautiful products, precise manufacture, attention to detail, and compliance with the highest standards in all the company's activities are all features of our culture. The hawk that appears on SWAROVSKI OPTIK products serves as a kind of quality mark for us, reminding us every day that only a masterpiece can bear this symbol. The notion of quality is given meticulous consideration at SWAROVSKI OPTIK and goes beyond purely technical aspects. The whole package matters to us: outstanding optics, functionality, ergonomics, design, service - all of which must be perfectly harmonized. The actual value of a product is revealed in its daily use. If you like a product, use it often, and have enjoyed it for many years, then it is of lasting value. For most people, these are precisely the reasons why they choose SWAROVSKI OPTIK: because they know that it is an investment for life.

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Amanzi Travel

Join one of Amanzi Travel's wildlife conservation volunteer projects where you get to work hands on with some of Africa's most beautiful and endangered wildlife including Big Cats, Elephants, Rhinos and many more. Make a real difference and have the experience of a lifetime! Amanzi Travel is the leading UK Specialist in Volunteering Opportunities across Africa and South East Asia. A family run, ATOL protected organisation that has been running for over 12 years and is passionate about what they do. Opportunities include helping to hand rear and offer much needed support to young rhinos who have been orphaned by poachers near the Kruger National Park and working up close with Big Cats and other orphaned/injured wildlife that has found a safe home at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary. Amanzi Travel can also offer opportunities to anyone wanting to train as a Game Ranger/Field Guide as well as the opportunity to explore Africa on an Overland Tour.

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British Institute of Professional Photography

Are you interested in photography, but not ready to turn it into a business? Or would like some feedback on your images? Join the British Institute of Professional Photography today and benefit from quarterly awards, The Photographer - the magazine of the BIPP, opportunities to review your images, 10% discount on training courses, workshops, talks and conferences, regular e-news and updates, a unique 'Friend of BIPP' logo and access to other preferential deals including insurance. Visit www.bipp.com/friends for more information and to join online!

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Discover Parks

Escape to Discover Parks, a unique collection of Five Star Holiday Home and Touring Parks in Herefordshire and the Welsh border. Located in stunning countryside our 3 parks each have something special but all have one thing in common. They give nature lovers the chance to walk amongst incredible fauna and flora that attracts a myriad of wildlife. Start your holiday home dream today, visit us for a touring holiday or stay in one of our self-catering properties with friends or family. We have acres of ancient woodland to roam in, an enormous glacial lake, small meandering rivers and natural ponds too.

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Lawson's

Lawson's Birding, Wildlife Safaris, and Custom Safaris started out in 1990 with some of the first dedicated birding safaris to South Africa, in the process pioneering some of the now popular birding routes and stakeouts. Since then we've grown into a specialised birding and wildlife safari company, offering first-class birding and wildlife trips to a range of countries in Southern and Eastern Africa. Our range of set-departures cater for both the casual birder and the more enthusiastic 'lister', as well as the general natural history enthusiast. For those who prefer not to join groups, or who have specific travel requirements, we are also the custom-safari specialists. Either way, we'll use our extensive knowledge and experience to create a fun, rewarding and memorable African experience for you.

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Speed Graphic

Speed Graphic is your first choice for photo accessories of all kinds. We source the best quality and best value products, and we believe the small things are just as important as the large ones. Whether you need a new tripod or other camera support, a backpack or bag, a set of high quality filters to enhance your shots, a camouflage hide, close-up and panoramic photography gear, or memory cards or film, we will have it. We specialise in Novoflex, Gitzo, Uniqball, Lee Filters, MindShift Gear bags, Buteo Photography Hides and many other hard to find items.

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Van Hage

Van Hage Garden Centres pride themselves on stimulating nature both through the promotion of Gardening and the enhancement of Wildlife with its diversity of products and plants available. The promotion of Wildlife has dramatically increased over the last few years and we pride ourselves on offering an extensive range of wildlife products to our customers for all eventualities - from Bird feed, feeders and nest boxes, to Bee boxes, Toad houses, hedgehog Domes and Squirrel Busters! For availability on our Wildlife range please visit our web-shop for more details.

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The Garden Crowd

We help you to encourage small wild birds in to your garden with our wheat and filler free nutritional bird food. Our bird food is mess free and our packaging is 100% recyclable and waste free. Our food is blended with small birds in mind, pigeons won't eat it. We blend all our own bird food in our sheds in Derbyshire, UK so we can ensure it meets our high-quality standard. We have a range of different bird foods which include fats and proteins as well as seeds including our bestselling Robin & Friends mix.

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Just Limited

At Just we are dedicated to providing high quality camera accessories. We have a wide range of cleaning products and provide sensor cleaning tutorials. We also have a comprehensive range of protective products, including: camera bags, waterproof covers, lens pouches, LCD protectors, camera straps, video accessories, and much more.

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Benro Tripods

Benro Tripods helping progress your wildlife photography. View our professional range of tripods, heads and bags: www.benroeu.com. Learn how to take stunning wildlife photography with Tesni Ward: www.tesniward.co.uk. "I personally use the Benro C3780TN combination tripod with the GH2C gimbal head. Photographing wildlife usually requires specialist and slightly heavier equipment, and you're often left waiting for extended periods of time for a mere glimpse of the animal, so being able to use a tripod designed specifically for this can really help to maximise the potential for getting great images in all conditions." - Tesni Ward, professional wildlife photographer.

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The Deep

Located in Hull, The Deep is an award winning aquarium home to 3,500 fish including green sawfish, spectacular sharks, rays and a colony of Gentoo penguins. Journey through the story of the world's oceans travelling through a unique blend of spectacular marine life from warm tropical waters to the cold Antarctic seas. Enjoy the fun and educational interactive and audio-visual presentations on your voyage of discovery. Highlights include daily dive shows and animal presentations where you can see our divers hand feed the animals. Join in with our fantastic touch pool sessions at Discovery Corner at the Lagoon of Light and learn about some of the smaller native species to the UK shores.

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Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre

Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre is located in the loch-side woodland. With purpose built enclosures, it is an ideal setting for nearly 40 Birds of Prey and Owls. The centre is home to over 20 Owls, representing all five British Owls, as well as unique or unusual species from other parts of the world. The centre is also home to five British Raptors, including "Orla", the magnificent Golden Eagle. Visitors are given an insight into habitats and habits, including the centre's conservation and education programmes. Founded in 2004, the centre re-located to the current site in 2013. The housings have been specifically designed to cater for the welfare needs of the residents. Working closely with the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority, the site layout and materials used, ensure the facility blends with the surrounding woodland. The centre has a calm and natural atmosphere, benefitting both residents and visitors.

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Speyside Wildlife

With 26 years of experience in organising wildlife-watching day trips, tours and holidays in the UK and overseas, we cater for a wide variety of wildlife watchers – from dedicated enthusiasts to those who simply wish to enjoy some wildlife as part of their holiday.

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Anglesey Sea Zoo

Would you like to know all about the British seas and the creatures that live in them? Want to see sharks, seahorses, octopus, lobsters and other exciting and elusive British marine animals up close? Or maybe you'd like to to learn about captive breeding and research programmes for some of our most endangered British native species? Then this is the place for you! Based on the shores of the beautiful Menai Strait in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Anglesey Sea Zoo has some of the best views of the Snowdonia mountain range. We are unique in the fact that all the species here are native. We aim to showcase the vast variety of British marine life, while also investing in conservation and research projects, both locally and further afield.

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The British Wildlife Centre

The British Wildlife Centre in the heart of the East Surrey countryside is a great day out for all ages and a real natural history lesson. It's home to the finest collection of native species in the country, where you will see and learn about Britain's own wonderful wildlife, with over forty different species on display, from tiny harvest mice to magnificent red deer and everything in between! All species are housed in large enclosures, landscaped to reflect their natural habitats. At The British Wildlife Centre you will have the opportunity to see rarely seen species such as otters, Scottish wildcats and pine martens, as well as foxes, badgers and beautiful free-flying British owls. The Centre boasts the UK's first Walk-through Red Squirrel Enclosure which allows visitors to walk amongst a colony of red squirrels in their own wooded Copse. Much of the area is outdoors, although there are plenty of undercover areas such as The Barn, The Hedgerow, The Nocturnal House and our observation Badger Sett.

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Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre

At Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre we invite you to tread in the footsteps of time, and bathe in the peace and tranquillity of our home and garden, where we offer flying experiences with our unique collection of flown owls and hawks. You can also go horse riding – bitless and barefoot – over wonderful Exmoor, and enjoy a restful, relaxing B&B in our 15th Century farmhouse, for the perfect Exmoor break. Many of our guests call this “Paradise”, nestled at the foot of North Hill below Selworthy Beacon, where wild Exmoor ponies, red, roe and fallow deer roam.

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Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Redwings is the largest horse sanctuary in the UK. Quite simply, we care for more rescued horses every day than anyone else. Get up close and cuddly with our friendly horses and donkeys, hear their stories and find out more about our work at our five visitor centres in Norfolk, Essex, Warwickshire and Scotland. So whether you're daft about donkeys, mad for mules or can't resist a cuddle with Shetlands and Shires, a visit to Redwings is a must. And don't forget, entry is FREE!

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All Things Wild Nature Centre

The All Things Wild Nature Centre is an all-weather, year-round family attraction, just a stone's throw away from Stratford-upon-Avon, Evesham and the beautiful Cotswolds. With a zoo, dinosaur experience and 30 acres of indoor and outdoor space to explore, this little gem will keep the whole family entertained. After all that, why not have some lovely refreshments from our newly-refurbished café? Enjoy a wonderful home-cooked meal, or a tasty cake and a coffee, to recharge after all that excitement. We open daily from 10am.

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Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Cumbria Wildlife Trust is the only voluntary organisation devoted solely to the conservation of the wildlife and wildplaces of Cumbria. The Trust stands up for wildlife, creates wildlife havens, and seeks to raise environmental awareness. Formed in 1962 and supported by thousands of members and supporters, the Trust cares for over 40 nature reserves (37 are open to visitors), campaigns for the protection of endangered habitats and species such as limestone pavements and red squirrels, and works with adults and children to discover the importance of the natural world. South Walney Nature Reserve is home to the only grey seal colony in Cumbria. Other wildlife highlights here include the huge numbers of waders and wildfowl that feed and roost around the nature reserve in winter, and breeding eider duck, great black-backed gull, shelduck, oystercatcher and little tern frequent the reserve. South Walney Nature Reserve is open daily 10am to 5pm (4pm in winter). The reserve gate is closed and locked shortly after closing time. During very high tides (9.86m and above) or when there are strong winds, the road to/from the reserve can be cut off for a period of time.

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