Dawn Butterfly Workshop
- NOTE: I am currently not taking online bookings for workshops due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please use my contact form if you are interested in this or a bespoke workshop (eg wildflowers including orchids). Also, bookings can be made in advance, but payment will only be taken on the day in cash. Dates are flexible and can be re-arranged in the event of unfavourable weather.
The Dawn Butterfly Workshop offers different target species depending on the time of year. Duration of workshops is around three hours.
Large Blue Butterfly
Previously extinct in the UK and still a rarity the large blue butterfly has its stronghold in the West Country. We will visit a lesser known site to avoid crowds but will still be almost certain to obtain sightings. We will also have the opportunity to photograph marbled white butterflies which are one of the most photogenic butterflies and can quite often be seen perched on pyramidal orchids making for a great image.
I like to keep the location of this workshop a secret until just before we go. To give you a rough idea, it is within a 15 minute drive of Babcary Meadows (see below).
Meeting place to be advised. Be aware that the site is very steep.
Marbled White Butterfly, Babcary Meadows
Late summer wildflowers and marbled white butterfly. Babcary is a network of eight interconnected species rich grassland and wildflower filled fields.
We will visit before the fields are cut for the traditional hay harvest from mid-july onwards.
Meet 15 minutes before dawn at Babcary Church (park on road)
Chalkhill Blue Butterfly, Draycott Sleights
The Chalkhill Blue Butterfly is restricted to unfertilised chalk and limestone downs, Draycott Sleights on the Mendips being a perfect example. A late emerging butterfly towards the end of July and August, we will also see other blues notably the Common Blue which has it's second emergence at this time of year. We will also see late wildflowers including field scabious.
Meet at dawn at the reserve entrance. Limited parking for about 4 cars.
Be aware that Draycott Sleights is very steep until you reach the plateau.
Other information for workshops
Numbers are kept small so that I can spend time with everyone to help get the perfect shot.
DSLR/Mirrorless cameras with macro lenses are ideal although other combinations can produce good images. Please contact me here to discuss other options to ensure you get the most out of this workshop.
Wear wellington boots. Waterproof trousers and jackets will also be useful as you will spend most of the time lying or sitting down in the dew covered grass.
Emergence times of butterflies can vary. In the event that emergence has not started on your chosen date, you may choose from a full refund or an alternative date.
If you have any questions about the workshop please contact me here