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Best Uk Zoo For Photography

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Paul Gonzalez
• Wednesday, 28 October, 2020
• 7 min read

The UK is home to a wide variety of species, but finding them can be difficult if you don’t know where to start. This list looks at the top 10 wildlife locations in the UK, favorite by many of the country’s photographers.

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Naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has said that the Fare Islands are his favorite place to see UK wildlife and its best. The Barnes plays host to 150,000 pairs of seabirds that cram onto the islands over the breeding season in summer.

The main attraction are the colorful Atlantic puffins, but there are also multiple species of tern (including some rarities), razor bills, guillemots, eider ducks and more. A boat ride to the islands, which are owned by the National Trust, takes you straight to the heart of the action.

The Reinforms National Park, near Anymore in Scotland, is a true favorite amongst photographers when it comes to wildlife. Clamber up a snow covered hill and keep your eyes peeled for mountain hare.

This gives you a great opportunity to practice your field craft skills and creep up closer for a photo. We recommend that you hire a photographic guide to maximize your chances of seeing wildlife in the Reinforms.

I recommend heading out for an early morning session, so you can see the ponies in the golden light. Even then you aren’t safe from disappointment, as rough seas mean that the boats won’t sail and your trip is cancelled.

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Richmond Park is one of the most popular photography locations in the UK amongst wildlife photographers. The park holds over 600 semi-wild red and fallow deer, and attracts millions of people every year.

The surrounding waters also play host to dolphins, providing some unique photography opportunities. Located in mid-Wales, Tigris provides unique opportunities for photographers and attracts visitors from all over the country.

Brownsea Island provides those in the south of England a unique opportunity to see red squirrels, which are endangered in the UK. New Forest National Park is 571 square-kilometres, and provides ample activities as well as chances to watch wildlife.

Head north into Scotland and onto the beautiful Black Isle, and you’ll get to Chancery Point. An area now famous for its dolphins that come within meters of the shoreline, allowing photographers to shoot close-up images of a normally hard to access marine mammal.

There’s no shortage of zoos in the UK, with plenty of opportunities to hang out with the animal kingdom. Each has its own unique stand-out point and each provides good value for money, as well as being a great day out for the whole family.

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Yes, the likes of Shipshape and Chester are awesome, and you’ll need at least a day to explore each, but some compact ones, such as Bristol, have been incredibly imaginative at making good use of space, making your day every bit as exciting. Look out for zoos that offer an insight into interesting plant life too.

Painted Zoo, for example, boasts 1,600 plant species and was one of the first places in Britain combining zoological and botanical gardens. Show all 10 Maxwell Zoo This 140-acre park near Winchester is home to hundreds of exotic and endangered species, ranging from ring-tailed coats to majestic giraffes, endangered tigers to frilled lizards, curious markets to pygmy hippos all set in beautiful, landscaped surroundings.

This summer the zoo is opening Wild Explorers, their biggest exhibit to date, hosting some of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife. It now boasts around 2,000 animals and 1,600 plant species, making for a wonderful place to explore, plus it's been leading the zoo world in ethical trading for years.

New for 2015 are 13 huge and incredibly life-like animatronic Big Bugs, that will make the zoo their home for six months this summer. There’s an impressive 12, 0000 animals from over 400 species, as well as a particularly exciting £30m project underway that will take visitors on a personal conservation expedition through the Philippines, Bali, Sulawesi, Sub and Sumatra, just like the great explorers.

Shipshape Zoo The UK’s largest zoo is set in a beautiful 600 acres, featuring over 2,500 animals, many of which are jumbo size, such as the elephants, rhinos, tigers, African lions, brown bears, zebras, moose and hippos. It’s also got the UK’s largest herd of Asian elephants, which you can watch getting taken for a stroll around the zoo most afternoons.

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Don’t miss out on the steam railway, which offers great views of many of the animals. Other animal highlights include a young baby chimp in their award-winning Bongo Trail enclosure, a baby tapir, Indian rhinos, sun bears and a famous daily penguin parade.

Welsh Mountain Zoo Some TripAdvisor reviewers complain about the hills. Yes, you’ll be tired, but there’s so much that make it worth it, including an amazing sea lion show, the macaws flying around you, and animals including snow leopards, tigers, otters, lemurs and bears.

Colchester Zoo This delightful zoo with over 270 species in 60 acres is particularly child-friendly, with lots of hands-on experiences and over 50 daily displays, as well as four adventure play areas and an undercover soft play area. It stays fresh by continually expanding and kids will love the Madagascar Express road train.

Including a new project that will take visitors on a personal conservation expedition through the Philippines, Bali, and Sulawesi, and huge life-like animatronic Big Bugs I'm guessing some people here have a lot of experience of photography in zoos, so was wondering which are the best for variety of animals/birds and lack of obstructions to get pictures. Having only been to Across and Shipshape, I can only say I preferred the former, but only just.

If the cats were a bit more active and the red panda visible, Shipshape would have been much more rewarding. Wound loads of people up deliberately, got told to stop acting like a t***, got all high and mighty and self-requested a ban.

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Wound loads of people up deliberately, got told to stop acting like a t***, got all high and mighty and self-requested a ban. Also, I am sure I am not alone in being the only driver in the family, making photography at safari parks challenging. In reply to the OP, I have only been to the Cotswold Wildlife Park (for the reason above) but have always come away with some good photos, and the red pandas there are very easy to photograph.

I got some brilliant photos at Knowles salary park using a 1.3 crop and a 300 mm . We got so close the 300 was too sometimes long one slavering camel stuck its head in the back window of the car.... I am sure I am not alone in being the only driver in the family, making photography at safari parks challenging.

Only driver in the family, making photography at safari parks challenging. I don't even know whether it's safe to pull up and wind the windows down :shrug: But I guess if a camel can poke its head in, then you can Ah, cheers Tony.

Wound loads of people up deliberately, got told to stop acting like a t***, got all high and mighty and self-requested a ban. Quotes not working for me! The last time I went to a safari park (7 years ago, I think, before I had a DSLR), I was left with the impression that random and long stopping for photos would be inconvenient for other visitors as the roads were single track.

Another really excellent safari park is Longest, not only have you the safari park where you can drive through the Lion, Tiger, Wolves, monkey and deer/antelope enclosure, but you have the house as well. For some reason they won't let you get out the car in the Lion, Tiger and Wolf enclosure. I was left with the impression that random and long stopping for photos would be inconvenient for other visitors as the roads were single track.

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Wound loads of people up deliberately, got told to stop acting like a t***, got all high and mighty and self-requested a ban. As for south-west though, New quay Zoo, have lemurs and some little monkeys on islands so with a 200 mm zoom even you can get nice photos with no bars, you can lean over some enclosures too.

I've been to Yorkshire Wildlife Park a couple of times now, and you can get some great photos of the lions and tigers from above the fences, so the view is unimpeded. You can also go into 3 of the pens and stroke some tamer animals like the wallaby's, sheep and goats etc.

Run by professional photographer Dave Stevenson, our day-long workshops combine a tutorial session and two incredible locations to practice in! Advanced workshops explore composition and how to approach the art of photography, with a view to telling incredible stories through taking more unusual, creative and impactful photographs.

Our Photography Workshops have been adapted to ensure that you don’t miss out on our usual experience whilst keeping everyone safe. This includes moving our tutorial session to a larger room to accommodate everyone whilst allowing for social distancing, following the one-way systems around the Zoo, and offering no-contact feedback on photographs that you take during your workshop.

General admission is included for the participant The experience takes place outdoors so please come prepared with wet weather clothes For participants with a disability or learning difficulty, please contact on experienceenquiries@zsl.org for advice before purchasing any of our experiences.

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The experience may be altered on any given day due to animal welfare, health issues, staff shortages, bad weather or changes to the Zoo’s collections, but will ensure that if this is the case, the activity will be replaced with another similar task. We may have to change or cancel the date of an experience for reasons such as the minimum number of participants has not been reached, awful weather, staff shortages, animal welfare issues or force majeure.

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