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THE HIDE

Welcome to our new wildlife photography hide at the Wildflower meadow. We became the lease holders to our new permanent base on the 6th January 2021 and our priority was to build the hide both to use for photography and as a shelter whilst we landscape and restore the two acre wildflower meadow. The hide was constructed from scratch in our own workshop and then transported the fifteen miles to the meadow. The last half a mile of the journey is on foot , so every last piece of timber had to be carried in , no small task.

The result of all this hard work is a small but perfectly formed , purposely built wildlife photography hide for two. The hide is fully insulated, internally clad and has both a kettle and heating. There’s plenty of room inside with storage shelf’s and space to unpack and safely stow as much photography gear as you can carry. We have two chairs , both leather swivel office type chairs that give plenty of support and the hide even boasts a couple of woollen throws to help keep the chill out.

Located in the south west corner of the meadow the hide is screened and protected from both prying eyes and the weather by a mature hedgerow containing some substantial trees. The location is private and really peaceful , and yet only a short and flat 10 minute walk from the nearest car park.

The hide offers two distinct views , one the meadow itself. Nearly two acres of natural wildflower meadow , surrounded by mature hedge and tree borders which are in turn surrounded by farmland. This vista also includes the photographic reflections pool, purpose build to make the most of the backdrop. The other view is onto our new mini woods. The existing woodland border has been expanded with an additional forty trees. This has been complimented by the creation of a living woodland floor complete with moss and a few small woodland pools.

Regular visitors to the meadow include Muntjac and Roe deer , Foxes , Badgers , Squirrels, Rabbits and Hares. There is plenty of bird life from large birds of prey , right down to the smallest woodland birds like the Blue tit and Wren. For the current list of feathers and fur visiting the hide please have a look at our 200 challenge, for the full list of visitors to date.

The hide is in a peaceful quiet location , with a ten minute walk in from the car park . A short distance from the car park ( 300 metres ) is a fantastic county pub , complete with accommodation which just completes the experience .

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