Roe deer wildlife photography workshops 2018

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Introduction

I am very pleased to announce a full programme of roe deer wildlife photography workshops for 2018.

The Roe deer is perhaps our prettiest species of deer, making for beautiful images. They are also very shy. For the wildlife photographer this offers a real challenge and sense excitement that comes with photographing in the wild.

Each season presents an opportunity to create beautiful images.

Winter

Now is the perfect time to photograph Roe. The countryside has a bare beauty. The low winter sun and early morning frosts combining for some atmospheric compositions.

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Unlike Red and fallow, roe deer are more solitary in nature. In winter though they tend to group up as food resources start to dwindle. It is lovely to watch the social interaction in these family groups.

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The deep frost takes a hold, transforming the landscape into a perfect winter wonderland.

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With good fieldcraft it is possible to get close to the Roe. My methods are counter intuitive, built on establishing a relationship of trust between photographer and deer. I teach these methods on my workshops so that you clients can try to apply them themselves when the workshop ends.

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One of the things that I love about Roe deer is how their physical appearance changes with the seasons. Their coats taking on a slate grey colour in winter, broken up with beautiful white patches on their necks. The bucks drop their antlers and grow a new set, clad in velvet and looking very handsome.

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I have had an amazing time this winter photographing the roe. It’s a great time to start to get to know their habits and ways also before the activity in the Spring and summer.

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Spring

Spring is a time of renewal. The bluebells start to emerge in the forest and the kids are born.

I have a couple of beautiful locations for images of Roe in bluebells. I am also intending to spend the period from mid may to early June focusing on mothers and babies. I have a couple of private permissions that are ideal for these opportunities.

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Late spring sees the meadows on my local patch carpeted in buttercups which the roe seem to love.

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 Summer

Summer is the season where many photographers tend to focus their efforts. The opportunity to create the iconic shot of a deer raising its head in the middle of a crop of barley or wheat makes for some stunning images.

The next image won a Highly Commended for me in the British Wildlife Photography Awards.

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The next image was taken on a workshop I led a few years ago. The client’s version also won a Highly Commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and he was rightly very pleased.

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 There is a lot of great behaviour to capture in the Summer as the bucks tear around chasing the does and rival bucks fight. I’m hoping to focus my efforts this year on documenting this behaviour.

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I always think the bucks look their absolute best in the height of summer and I have identified some cracking bucks for this year that I am just dying to photograph in all their rutting glory.

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The does look stunning also in their beautiful russet summer pelage.

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I’m always working hard to push myself creatively. For me my photography is all about creating images that celebrate the beauty of nature.

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Those who follow my blog will know that after five years of looking I have finally identified a number of reliable locations for photographing what for me is the holy grail of roe deer photography, roe in blooming heather. After much thought I have decided to lead workshops to these locations this summer. The workshops will take place to coincide with the blooming heather and the price reflects the exclusivity of the opportunity.

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The meadows on my local patch are also in full bloom, carpeted in wildflowers, making for some beautiful images.

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Autumn 

Autumn this year was a revelation for me. With the Red and fallow rut in full swing, roe tend to get neglected. For me though it provided an opportunity to create among my favourite roe images. Early morning mist, golden sunlight. The countryside is ravishing, turned into a tapestry of colour.

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By late autumn the first frosts also start to arrive, a prelude to the onset of winter. The seasons always turning in perpetual cycle.

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Urban

Roe are hugely adaptable. As their habitat continues to diminish they are increasingly making their home in urban environments.

I first started photographing Roe deer in cemeteries in 2014. I now have a number of locations where I photograph them with the requisite permission from the local authority.

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Location

Southern counties. I have 11 reliable sites in the southern counties of England including Sussex, Surrey, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset. Location will depend on time of year and images you are looking to create. Due to the sensitivity of the sites I do not provide locations prior to clients booking on and providing payment. I also require signature of a non disclosure agreement. All sites are permissions.

Prices

2018 prices are as follows:

Winter, Spring and Autumn workshops

1 day workshop £150

2 day workshop £290

Early summer workshops (June 15th up to and including 14th July)

1 day workshop £175

2 day workshop £320

Annual Roe rut workshops (15th July to 31st July)

1 day £220

2 days £420

3 days £590

Roe in heather workshops (1st August to 21st August)

2 days £460

3 days £675

Please note: Rut workshop places are strictly limited and very popular. Based on previous years please book early to avoid disappointment

Maximum of two guests per day. Price of workshop includes guiding and tuition (both camera and field craft)•

To reserve your place,  contact me at mail@julescoxphotography.co.uk

• full payment is required in advance, Non refundable.

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