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Beginners Wildlife Photography Workshop

Beginner's Wildlife Photography Course

This 3 hour course is for budding wildlife photographers who are relatively new to digital photography. If you’ve been shooting in automatic mode and want to move on then this is for you.

In the relaxed and informal setting of our Lookout and Hide at RSPB Bowling Green the course offers an introduction to:

Aperture Priority

Shutter Speed


Depth of field

How to get sharper images


This event will be hosted by our own Volunteer Steve Edwards who is a prize winning published wildlife photographer, global stock photographer, educator, instructor, and commissioned photographer for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. His work sells commercially all over the world and he is passionate about helping others achieve their photographic goals. Steve is also a member of the prestigious Society of International Nature & Wildlife Photographers. 

Time will be given to both theory and practical sessions with the emphasis on helping you feel more confident in using a wider range of camera settings. Groups are limited to 6 participants - Bring along your camera and ideally a 300mm lens but if you don't have a 300mm then just bring what you have. Please bring along your camera's manual/handbook unless you are totally familiar with your camera's operation and how to access all the controls and functions. You can also access these digitally from the manufacturer.

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How to Get There:

Bowling Green Marsh can be found along Bowling Green Road, Topsham (Open in Google Maps). See our website for more details by clicking HERE. Full directions will be included with your confirmation email. 

We highly recommend catching the train into Topsham Station to save on tricky parking and carbon emissions. The Topsham train station lies on the Exeter-Exmouth line and has links to Exeter St David’s and Exeter Central (connection to both north and south national train routes). One of the stops on the Exeter-Exmouth line is Digby & Sowton station. This station lies on the outskirts of Exeter, near the M5 junction, and has free parking facilities onsite and nearby. Train Times and tickets can be bought here.

If you do need to drive, then there is extremely limited street parking in Topsham. There are a few pay and display car parks but as Topsham is a small town and popular destination these often fill up very quickly. It can then take considerable time to find suitable parking and may be a fair distance from The Lookout.

If you fancy a short walk, then Darts Farm Shopping Village (home to RSPB Darts Farm Shop) is walkable in around 20 mins it has ample parking along with a Farm Shop and restaurant. See the map below for walking routes - we recommend the purple route as it takes in the beauty of the reserve on your way to The Lookout (Pink dot). 

BY BUS: Number 57 (Exeter/Exmouth service) to Georgian Tea Rooms (start of High St). 'T' bus (Exeter/Topsham service) stops at The Quay.

BY BICYCLE: Exe Estuary Trail is part of National Cycle Network Route 2. (some on-road cycling).

Photo Credit: Ben Andrew (

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