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Where to Photograph Birds in the UK

We are attempting to list all places where photographers can photograph wild birds within the UK. This is the start of a list that will both grow over time and hopefully we will be able to add more columns or information.

The entries managed by the RSPB and WWT are free to enter for members. The majority of the RSPB sites have free access and in this list we have marked with an * those sites which have an Entry Fee or Parking Fee for members of the public.

Where the name of the Reserve is hyperlinked this links to a Location or Featured Location page with more information on this site and over time more of these will be added, we will be delighted if some of you would like to also produce location or featured location pages.



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Abberton Reservoir  

Essex Aberton Wildlife Trust

Abbots Hall Farm 

Essex Abbots Hall Wildlife Trust
Adur Estuary Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, Adur Estuary RSPB

Ailsa Craig

Girvan, Ayreshire

Ailsa Craig


Airds Moss Glasgow Airds Moss RSPB
Amberley Wildbrooks Pulborough, West Sussex Amberley Wildbrooks RSPB
Arne Nr Wareham, Dorset Arne RSPB *
Arundel Wetland Centre Arundel, Sussex Arundel WWT WWT *
Aylesbeare Common Devon Aylesbeare Common RSPB
Ballinlaggan Carrbridge, Scotland Ballinlaggan RSPB
Balranald Lochmaddy, Western Isles Balranald RSPB
Barons Haugh Motherwell Baron's Haugh RSPB
Belfast Lough Belfast, Northern Ireland Belfast Lough RSPB
Bempton Cliffs Bridlington, East Yorks Bempton Cliffs RSPB *
Berney Marshes Great Yarmouth, Norfolk Berney Marshes and Breydon Water RSPB
Birsay Moors Krikwall, Orkney Birsay Moors RSPB
Blacktoft Sands Goole, East Yorks Blacktoft Sands RSPB *
Blean Woods Canterbury, Kent Blean Woods RSPB
Boyton Marshes Aldeburgh, Suffolk Boyton Marshes RSPB
Bracklesham Bay East Sussex Bracklesham Bay RSPB
Brading Marshes Sandown, Isle of Wight Brading Marshes RSPB
Brodgar Stromness, Orkney Brodgar RSPB
Buckenham Marshes Norwich, Norfolk Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Caerlaverock Wetland Centre Dumfries, Scotland Caerlaverock WWT WWT *
Campfield Marsh Wigtown, Cumbria Campfield Marsh RSPB
Carngafallt Rhayader Carngafallt RSPB
Castle Espie Wetland Centre Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland Castle Espie WWT WWT *
Chapel Wood Devon Chapel Wood RSPB
Church Wood Gerrards Cross, Bucks Church Wood RSPB
Cliffe Poos Rochester, Kent Cliffe Pools RSPB
Coll Arinagour, Coll, Hebrides Coll RSPB
Conwy Conwy, North Wales Conwy RSPB *
Coombes and Churnet Leek, Staffordshire Coombes and Churnet RSPB
Copinsay Island off Scottish coast - Aberdeen Copinsay RSPB
Corrismony Cannich, Highlands of Scotland Corrimony RSPB
Cottascarth Kirkwall, Orkney Cottascarth and Rendall Moss RSPB
Culbin Sands Nairn, Invernessshire Culbin Sands RSPB
Cwm Clydach Swansea Cwm Clydach RSPB
Dungeness Lydd, Kent Dungeness RSPB *
Elmley Marshes Sittingbourne, Kent Elmley Marshes RSPB
Exe Estuary Exeter, Devon Exe Estuary RSPB
Fairburn Ings Castleford, West Yorks Fairburn Ings RSPB
Fairy Glen Inverness Fairy Glen RSPB
Farne Islands Northumberland Farne Islands National Trust
Farnham Heath Farnham, Surrey Farnham Heath RSPB
Fetlar Baltasound, Uist Fetlar RSPB
Fore Wood Battle, East Sussex Fore Wood RSPB
Forsinard Flows Thurso, Highlands Forsinard Flows RSPB
Fowlmere Royston, Herts Fowlmere RSPB
Fowlsheugh Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire Fowlsheugh RSPB
Frampton Marsh Boston, Lincs Frampton Marsh RSPB
Freiston Shore Boston, Lincs Freiston Shore RSPB
Garston Wood Shaftesbury, Dorset Garston Wood RSPB
Gayton Sands Parkgate, Cheshire Gayton Sands RSPB
Geltsdale Brampton, Cumbria Geltsdale RSPB
Glenborrodale Fort William, Highlands Glenborrodale RSPB
Greylake Bridgwater, Somerest Greylake RSPB

Gigrin Farm - Red Kites

Gigrin Farm Gallery

Rhayader, Mid Wales Girgrin Farm Powell Family *
Gwenffrwd-Dinas Llandovery, Carmarthenshire Gwenffrwd-Dinas RSPB
Ham Wall Glastonbury, Somerset Ham Wall RSPB
Havergate Island Aldeburgh, Suffolk Havergate Island RSPB *
Haweswater Penrith, Cumbria Haweswater RSPB
Hayle Esturary Hayle, Cornwall Hayle Estuary RSPB
Highnam Woods Gloucester Highnam Woods RSPB
Hobbister Kirkwall, Scotland Hobbister RSPB
Hodbarrow Millom, Cumbria Hodbarrow RSPB

Holkham National Nature Reserve  

Norfolk Holkham NNR NNR
Hoy Stromness, Scotland Hoy RSPB
Inner Marsh Farm Nr Conwy, North Wales Dee Estuary - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB
Irish Marshes Kingussie, Scotland Insh Marshes RSPB
Inversnaid Crianlarich, Stirling Inversnaid RSPB
Ken-Dee Marshes Castle Douglas, Dumfries Ken-Dee Marshes RSPB
Lake Vyrnwy Welshpool, Powys Lake Vyrnwy RSPB
Lakenheath Fen Brandon, Suffolk Lakenheath Fen RSPB
Leighton Moss Carnforth, Lancs Leighton Moss RSPB *
National Wetlands Centre for Wales Llanelli, South Wales National Wetlands Centre for Wales WWT *
Loch Garten Abernethy, Aviemore, Scotland Loch Garten RSPB *
Loch Gruinart Port Ellen, Islay Loch Gruinart RSPB
Loch na Muilne Stornaway, Lewis Loch na Muilne RSPB
Loch of Kinnordy Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland Loch of Kinnordy RSPB *
Loch of Spiggie Sumburgh, Scotland Loch of Spiggie RSPB
Loch of Strathbeg Fraswerburgh, Scotland Loch of Strathbeg RSPB
Loch Ruthven Inverness, Scotland Loch Ruthven RSPB
Lochwinnoch Paisley, Scotland Lochwinnoch RSPB *
Lodmoor Weymouth, Dorset Lodmoor RSPB
London Wetland Centre Barnes, London SW13 London WWT WWT *
Lough Foyle Londonderry, Northern Ireland Lough Foyle RSPB
Lower Lough Erne Enniskillen, Northern Ireland Lower Lough Erne RSPB
Marazion Marsh Penzance, Cornwall Marazion Marsh RSPB
Marshide Southport, Merseyside Marshside RSPB
Martin Mere Wetland Centre Tarlscough, Lancs Martin Mere WWT WWT *
Marwick Head Marwick, Orkney Marwick Head RSPB
Mawddach Woodlands Dolgellau, Gwynedd Mawddach Woodlands RSPB
Mersehead Dalbeattie, Dumfries Mersehead RSPB
Mill Dam Kirkwall, Orkney Mill Dam, Shapinsay RSPB
Minsmere Saxmundham, Suffolk Minsmere RSPB *
Mousa Lerwick, Shtetland Mousa RSPB
Mull of Galloway Stranraer Mull of Galloway RSPB
Nagshead Lydney, Gloucestershire Nagshead RSPB
Newport Wetlands Newport, South Wales Newport Wetlands RSPB
Nigg Bay Nigg, Highlands, Scotland Nigg Bay RSPB
North Hill Pierowall, Westray Orkney North Hill RSPB
North Warren Aldeburgh, Suffolk North Warren RSPB
Northward Hill Hoo, Kent Northward Hill RSPB
Noup Cliffs Pierowall, Westray, Orkney Noup Cliffs RSPB

Old Hall Marshes

Tiptree, Essex Old Hall Marshes RSPB
Old Moor Barnsley, South Yorks Old Moor RSPB *
Onziebust Kirkwall, Orkney Onziebust, Egilsay RSPB
Otmoor Oxford Otmoor RSPB
Ouse Washes Chatteris, Cambs Ouse Washes RSPB
Parkgate Neston, Cheshire Dee Estuary - Parkgate RSPB
Portmore Lough Craigavon, Northern Ireland Portmore Lough RSPB
Point of Aire Prestatyn, North Wales Dee Estuary - Point of Air RSPB
Pulborough Brooks Pulborough, West Sussex Pulborough Brooks RSPB *
Radipole Lake Weymouth, Dorset Radipole Lake RSPB *
Rainham Marshes Purfleet, Essex Rainham Marshes RSPB *
Ramsey Island St David's, Pembrokeshire Ramsey Island RSPB *
Rathlin Ballycastle, Northern Ireland Rathlin - The West Light RSPB
Rockland Marshes Norwich, Norfolk Rockland Marshes RSPB
Rye Meads Hoddesdon, Herts Rye Meads RSPB
Sandwell Valley West Bromwich, West Midlands Sandwell Valley RSPB
Shapwick Heath Shapwick, Somerset Shapwich Heath Natural England
Skomer Island Off Pembrokeshire Coast Skomer Island Countryside Council for Wales
Slimbridge Wetland Centre WWT HQ Slimbridge, Gloucestershire Slimbridge WWT *

Snettisham Nature Reserve

Hunstanton, Norfolk Snettisham RSPB
South Stack Cliffs Holyhead, Anglesey South Stack Cliffs RSPB
St Bees Head Whitehaven, Cumbria St Bees Head RSPB
Stour Estuary Harwich, Essex Stour Estuary RSPB
Strumpshaw Fen Norwich, Norfolk Strumpshaw Fen RSPB *
Sumburgh Head Lerwick, Shetland Sumburgh Head RSPB
Surlingham Church Marsh Norwich, Norfolk Surlingham Church Marsh RSPB
RSPB Headquarters Sandy, Bedfordshire The Lodge RSPB *
The Oa Port Ellen, Islay The Oa RSPB
Titchwell Marsh Hunstanton, Norfolk Titchwell Marsh RSPB *
Troup Head Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire Troup Head RSPB
Trumland Kirkwall, Orkney Trumland, Rousay RSPB
Tudeley Woods Tunbridge Wells, Kent Tudeley Woods RSPB
Udale Bay Dingwall, Highlands, Scotland Udale Bay, Highland RSPB
Valley Wetlands Holyhead, Anglesey Valley Wetlands RSPB

Vane Farm

Kinross, Scotland Vane Farm RSPB *
Vange Marshes Basildon, Essex Vange Marshes RSPB
Washington Wetland Centre Washington, Tyne and Wear Washington WWT WWT *
Welney Wetland Centre Ely, Cambs Welney WWT WWT *
Westhay Moor Westhay, Somerset Westhay Moor Somerset Wildlife Trust
West Sedgemoor Longport, Somerset West Sedgemoor RSPB
Wolves Wood Hadleigh, Suffolk Wolves Wood RSPB
Wood of Cree Newton Stewart, Dumfries Wood of Cree RSPB

Ynys Hir Nature

Machynlleth, Powys Ynys-hir RSPB *

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By: Tracey Park Section: Birds Key:
Page Ref: uk_wild_birds Topic: Wildlife  Last Updated: 07/2009

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