BANK VOLE WORKSHOP

BANK VOLE (Clethrionomys glareolus)
BANK VOLE (Clethrionomys glareolus)
BANK VOLE (Clethrionomys glareolus)

Bit of info on the voles first:
The Bank Vole or Red-backed vole.    Latin name.  Clethrionomys glareolus

The Bank Vole lives in woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens.
Bank Voles eat fruit, nuts and small insects, but are particularly keen on hazelnuts and blackberries. They are very active animals and are frequently seen.
Bank Voles can have three or four litters a year, each with up to seven young.
Voles can be distinguished from mice by their rounder faces, smaller ears and eyes and shorter tails. The Bank Vole is a richer, chestnut brown than the Field Vole and has a proportionally longer tail.
Length: 10cm plus a tail of 6cm Weight: 15-40g Average lifespan: 1.5 years

The Workshop is run 10 am to 12.30 pm

This is an ideal workshop for anyone wanting to get close up photos of these fascinating little creatures, these are wild voles and released after the session.

I may also catch wood mice or even voles every time is different.
It will be 2 people at a time and for 2.5 hours max as too not distress the Voles, but so far they seem anything but distressed, they just carry on as if you are not there.
I have built a set which is 8 foot across with movable partitions, so you can work on one set whilst arranging the next set.

I will be on hand to show you how it works then leave to to it.

There is props for you to use and you can wonderer around the wood to see what’s in season, blackberries etc.

Maximum 2 people at a time

WHAT YOU WILL NEED
Camera with tripod.
Macro or close focusing lens.

I used a Nikon 105mm 2.8 macro lens so anything similar.

Hand held may be possible but we will be be shooting in low light conditions, I used a tripod, you may feel comfortable without, but now i have the led light hand held is an option.

You can will be literately 2 foot away so close focusing lens is essential, however you may sit further back if you cannot focus this close.

Use of Flash

The use of flash is possible, single shot only, this is how I got the first set of photos with my flashgun (wireless) on a stand set at an angle.

(This was done in the fish tank but now uses a purpose built set which is entirely different set so much brighter and possible to hand hold)

I have recently purchased a led video light ( June 2017) which looks promising, havnt used it myself yet but tried it out and looks good lighting up the set.

I have a couple of flash stands on site for anyone to use so don’t worry if you don’t own one, use mine.

Price will be £40 pp for the Voles (2.5 hrs max) with a £20 option to spend the remainder of the day in the bird hides if you want.

Any questions drop me an email or comment below and as I say its a new workshop so still work in progress but booking will be essential.
Thanks for looking.

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