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Bolton Abbey is well known – it is one of the most beautiful river valleys in North Yorkshire with a wide range of fantastic woodland breeding species. In winter head here for stunning Nuthatches in a marvellous setting.
Best Lens: 300mm minimumBest time of year: Oct - MarBest time of day: MorningsFitness level: ModerateDistance: 2 milesWhat you need to know:
The birds here are very familiar with people and as such are incredibly tame. A lens of 300mm is sufficient.
As with any forest location a tripod is very useful due to the long periods of waiting and also the potential for slow shutter speeds on dark days
The best locations for photography
At Bolton Abbey there lots of places to photograph a whole range of wildlife including Kingfisher, Dipper, Sand Martin, Mandarin, and all manner of woodland birds. Most of these will be incidental shots that in part require luck, whereas the feeding station offers a fantastic opportunity to photograph birds in a natural woodland setting... think mossy logs!
Finding the stone hut is probably the only challenge you will face on the day as despite being very obvious it is not sign posted in any way. Park up at Cavendish (marked on the map) and head to the eastern side of the river. Follow the path downriver (river is on your right hand side) as you rise into fantastic oak woodland you will come across a stone hut that looks a bit like a bus shelter.
Food is regularly put down in this area by walkers, locals and other photographers and the birds quickly learn where the food is. It is very easy here to use some of the wind damaged branches to create some nice perching opportunities as the birds descend from the canopy