“BADGERS IN BLUEBELLS”
“MAD MARCH HARES”
“RED SQUIRRELS IN SPRINGTIME”
“MID SUMMER OTTERS”,
“NATURE’S AUTUMNAL IMAGES”
with Laurie Campbell
Scotland’s award winning natural history and landscape photographer
Dates for 2019:
– Mad March Hares (March 13-17) – FULLY BOOKED
– Red Squirrels in Springtime (April 3-7) – 4 days £1,480 – spaces available
– Badgers in Bluebells (May 22-26) –
4 days £1,480 – spaces available
– Mid Summer Otters (June 19-23) –
– Nature’s Autumnal Images (Oct 23-27) –
and without Laurie Campbell:
– Wildlife Watching (31 Mar-3 Apr)
3 days £990 spaces available
– Wildlife Watching (Oct 20-23)
3 days £990 spaces available
Set in a stunning landscape there is a huge, and amazing, range of wildlife at Kirkwood and so you will also have the opportunity to see and photograph an array of woodland birds and wild flowers, tress and more mammals such as deer, hares, otters and red squirrels.
With over forty years experience in photographing nature, Laurie is arguably Scotland’s leading nature photographer and his practical tuition sessions are designed to show you how to use a selection of techniques to photograph a wide range of subjects in the natural world from wild life to landscapes to macro photography. Laurie Campbell writes regularly for ‘Outdoor Photography’ (UK) magazine and has appeared in the television programmes ‘Wildshots’, The Photoshow’ and ‘BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year’. To date he has won 23 awards (including 3 Category Winners) in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.
You will begin your four day stay with an introductory presentation by Laurie Campbell and a walk to view the bluebell and woodland hides. After dinner you will have your first evening photography session at a badger sett.
The next three days will start with an optional early morning guided walk to look for roe deer and brown hares. After breakfast, activities will include the photography of red squirrels; the use of hides and camouflage; a river walk to look for otters; macro photography of wild flowers and invertebrate life and photography of landscapes and veteran trees. After dinner (7ish) you may return to the badger hides for another evening photography session.
Throughout the course Laurie Campbell will be on hand offering his expert advice and knowledge on all aspects of photography, field skills and wildlife.
The course is suitable for all abilities, from beginners to the more expert photographer. You will be supplied with an equipment list, some may be available for hire or loan.
For just £1480, these fully residential courses include all accommodation, meals, soft drinks (not alcohol), snacks, tuition and guidance
Spaces are limited.
Our aim is to get guests to both see and photography stunning scenery and wonderful wildlife. Whilst copyright will remain with those who captured the photographs a condition of booking is that we, at Kirkwood, will be allowed to use, for future publicity purposes for example, any photographs taken at the event. We would never sell them but would hope to show them off.
You will stay at Kirkwood in one of our comfortable 3 star cottages. Each participant has their own bedroom but will share the cottage with others. These cottages are normally self-catering, however for the School all meals (full Scottish breakfast, packed lunch, evening meal) are included in the cost. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are provided, however alcoholic drinks are not and participants are requested to bring their own.
Weather and photography:
Guests are reminded that weather can be highly changeable and varied when working with outside photography and wild species. Guests may opt out of any part if they wish to rest, and the itinerary may have to change depending on the weather conditions. Only force majeure would prevent the whole event from taking place because we can learn indoors but we do point out that once booked and paid no refunds are given in any circumstances and we recommend a suitable holiday insurance policy to cover you, the guests, for any unseen eventualities.
Kirkwood is a mixed farm situated by the River Anna in the heart of the Dumfriesshire countryside. It is located almost in the centre of the UK – only 10 minutes off the M6/M74 Glasgow-London motorway. There is a mainline train station at Lockerbie, just 4 miles away, but your own transport is recommended.
Special Terms and Conditions for the Camera Clubs Ballot 2019
All entries must be received at Real Farm Holidays, Kirkwood, Lockerbie DG11 1DH by the 28th of February 2019. Email entries via: CameraBallot@RealFarms.co.uk will be accepted. Only one entry will be accepted for each Club.
The Winning Club will be drawn and notified shortly afterwards.
Offer and Pricing: The total cost for the winning club for the “Creative Nature Photography” Masterclass with Laurie Campbell from 23 – 27th October 2019 for 6 entrants is reduced to £4400. This cost will be the same even if fewer entrants actually attend.
Payments: We will ask for a deposit of £600 total (ie £100 each) to be paid 1 week after 5th March 2019 with the balance due 6 weeks before arrival at Kirkwood. We require the names of all 6 entrants (one being the main contact) with email addresses and telephone numbers at the time of entry. Payments can be by cheque (made payable to Real Farm Holidays), debit cards , bank transfers and credit cards.
Once booked and paid for no refunds are given under any circumstances and we recommend that the winning club purchases a suitable insurance policy to cover for any unseen eventualities.
All entrants must agree that they are happy to receive communications about Wildlife and Photography Schools unless they instruct us otherwise e.g. in the event of the winning team dropping out we will need to contact the next club.
Accommodation: We will contact the winning club’s main contact with detailed arrival instructions and kit list.
Based at Kirkwood, the accommodation will be in one of our holiday cottages situated in the Stables Courtyard. Each participant will have their own bedroom but will share a cottage with a fellow “student” and communal rooms such as dining rooms are used by everyone. Some bedrooms share bathrooms with one other “student” but en-suite bathrooms are available for a small supplement. Accommodation, meals (lots of Real Farm Meat), snacks, all tuition and stated activities are included in the price. Alcohol is not included.
Weather and photography: Entrants are reminded that weather can be highly changeable and varied when working with outside photography and wild species. Entrants may opt out of any part if they wish to rest, and the itinerary may have to change depending on the weather conditions. Only force majeure would prevent the whole event from taking place because it is possible to learn much indoors.
Laurie Campbell: If due to unforeseen circumstances that Laurie Campbell is unable to attend the “Creative Nature Photography” Masterclass from 23 – 27 October 2019, the event will be rescheduled at a future date but no refunds will be given.
Copyright: Our aim is to get entrants to both see and photography stunning scenery and wonderful wildlife. Whilst copyright will remain with those who captured the photographs, a condition of participation is that Real Farm Holidays, at Kirkwood, will be allowed to use any photographs taken at the event for future publicity purposes . We would never sell them but would hope to show them off.
“It was thoroughly enjoyable, well
organized and a lot of fun!”
“I really, really enjoyed my time at
Kirkwood learning, laughing and
“What’s special about these
schools is that they are NOT in
a hotel or conference centre but
in comfortable cottages with delicious home-made cooking.”
Your Kirkwood Hosts will be:
Anthony Steel has lived at Kirkwood all his life and moved the farm into the holiday business 30+ years ago. He loves and is fascinated by the wildlife and has many years of experience watching.
Anne Smart is a wildlife and photography enthusiast living at Kirkwood who has set up the course.
Tel: 01576 510200
Kirkwood, Dalton, Lockerbie, Scotland DH11 1DH