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Experience:Photography Days at National Centre for Birds of Prey

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Experience, £65

Photography Days

Photography Days

Businesses across the Yorkshire Coast are looking forward to welcoming you back.

Please check the individual website for reopening dates, opening times and booking details.

We recommend you follow current public health advice and maintain social distancing.


The Centre is a great place for photography, and even better place to host Photography Days! There is a large collection of spectacular raptors, many of them out of doors and accessible at close range. In the Hawk Walk, the flying team of birds can be photographed from many different angles. Many of the large birds have proved to be the popular subjects of close-up portraits. The flying field and our wooded areas have a natural backdrop of trees in beautiful Yorkshire countryside. The photography days are held in association with Steve Race from Yorkshire Coast Nature.

During the demonstrations, birds will fly directly overhead and whether or not you have a long lens, you will always get an opportunity for a close encounter. The challenge of flight photography is there for anyone who wants to have a go.

Photography day participants will receive group and individual tuition. This will be provided by Steve Race, award winning wildlife photographer. Steve is a professional wildlife photographer and Director of Yorkshire Coast Nature – Steve is a fellow “bird nerd” and is a mine of information on all sorts of birds – from sea birds to raptors.

The workshops will be tailored towards both beginners and enthusiasts. We will look at the techniques and equipment needed to photograph birds of prey and advice and tips will be given on how to get that perfect wildlife image. You will learn about correct exposure, how to deal with tricky lighting conditions such as harsh sunlight or low light levels, and depth of field techniques to compensate for the expanse of open parkland and woodland.

There will be ample opportunity to take portrait style photos of a number of different species against natural backgrounds. In addition the photographers have their own private flying demo tailored to their own needs.

The maximum group size is 10.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic siteAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Opening details

Workshops start at 10am and finish about 1pm.


£65.00 per person.


Duncombe Park,
North Yorkshire,
YO62 5EB



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Map reference: SE 604830  Lat: 54.23923 Long: -1.07458

By Road:
Located just off the A170 in Helmsley. Follow the signs for "Bird of Prey Centre". Sat Nav postcode: YO62 5EB

By Public Transport:
Bus service provided by EYMS from Scarborough & Pickering, please see website for current timetable
Bus service provided by Stephenson's from Malton, please see website for current timetable

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 15 miles from Malton station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesService dogs are NOT allowed:
  • we are a zoo

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesRamp to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu