Brown Hare Workshops
Brown Hare Workshops
Brown hares were introduced in Iron Age times, from the other side of the North Sea. They are widespread on low ground throughout England. They are found on farmland and rough grazing throughout this area. Brown hares are replaced by mountain hares in upland areas of Scotland and central England, both of which I really love. Join me on these one day workshops where I will take you to some amzing places to see and photography these wonderful mammals.
Generally nocturnal and shy in nature, hares change their behaviour in the spring, when they can be seen in broad daylight chasing one another around fields and meadows. During this spring frenzy, they can be seen striking one another with their paws ("boxing"). For a long time, this had been thought to be competition between males, but closer observation has revealed it is usually a female hitting a male, either to show she is not yet ready to mate or as a test of his determination.
Breeding takes place between February and September and a female can rear three or four litters a year, each of two to four young. The young, known as leverets, are born fully furred with their eyes open and are left by the female in forms a few metres from their birth place.
Once a day for the first four weeks of their lives, the leverets gather at sunset to be fed by the female, but otherwise they receive no parental care. This avoids attracting predators to the young at a stage when they are most vulnerable.
Brown Hares can be found all year round in the UK, but during the breeding season offers the best chances and after the harvest. Often they live in small wooded areas and venture out to feed at dawn, slowly coming from cover and then feeding, playing and generally going about their lives. During the day they can disappear only to reappear from late afternoon onwards.
I have watched these wonderful mammals for many years and over the last several years photographed them at various different places I know well throughout England. This one day workshop is designed to help you to see and photograph these amazing mammals where I will show and teach you some key fieldcraft skills. The place of this workshop is Norfolk which has a good population of Brown Hares and I know many of them. I also have a place in the Peak District which is really good too if this suits you better.
The walking involved in these oneday workshops is mainly flat but there is a little uneven terrain. Waterproof walking boots are essential and dark muted clothing or camo clothing
The weather in the UK is a mixture so appropriate waterproof, warm clothing is necessary. Waterproof housing for your camera and lens covers is a must as rain/snow can be upon you in minutes.
You will need to provide your own photographic equipment, a 500mm lens is ideal but a 300mm with convertors should meet your needs A tripod is also essential. The landscape of the Peak District will present you with many opportunities so if you have a wide angle lens then this would also give you a chance to capture some beautiful landscape images
1-4 people maximum
Friday 15th June 2018
Saturday 14th July 2018
Friday 3rd August 2018
Saturday 4th August 2018
£300.00 per day, per participant – 1 to 1 ratio
£200.00 per day, per participant – 1 to 2 ratio
All dates are flexible, should the dates stated not suit you then please email me with your alternative date(s)
Discounted rates for more than two people and groups of up to four participants are available, email me for more details.