Liberty’s Outdoor Harvest Mouse Workshop
These days are held at Liberty’s Centre where we take some of the Harvest Mice outside to photograph them under natural light and against natural backgrounds as the mice go about their business on a variety of natural and seasonal props and foliage. During the course of the day you will be working with an experienced friendly professional photographer to offer help and advice throughout the day making this day suitable for photographers of all levels of experience including beginners as well as more advanced photographers looking for some stunning images of these fascinating (and cute!) little creatures.
As with all our animals the health and wellbeing of our Harvest Mice always comes first and we do not force them to do anything they don’t want to do or put them in harms way with anything that might cause them distress. You are welcome to bring any props that you might want to on the day but please be aware that these will be checked for safety before being used.
These days are usually run at quite short notice due to their weather dependency or can be booked as a “Weekday Workshop” where in the event of the weather being unsuitable you will have the option of holding the session indoors in our purpose built Studio.
Available sessions are a morning session from 10.00AM until 12.30PM and an afternoon session from 1.30PM until 4.30 during British Summer Time.
These days take place at Liberty’s Centre, Crow Lane, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 3DZ (Zoo Licence Number: 1009/2)
In the event of bad weather on the day we can give you the option of using our indoor facilities (subject to availability) or returning on a different day.
What We Supply
We supply a number of harvest mice along with a quantity of standard props to photograph them on including wheat, dried teasel, poppy heads and various branches. Natural props should also be available, such as bracken and natural branches/leaves.
If you want to photograph the mice on something specific, for example specific flowers we would suggest that you bring them with you. Please note that we do not allow poisonous plants, for example Fox Gloves, any of the Lily family including Calla as these can be harmful to the mice, sticky plants like fresh-cut Sunflowers, and thistles as the mice really don’t like them.
For these days we recommend a DSLR, Mirror-less Compact System or Bridge Cameras with plenty of spare memory and batteries. For lenses we would recommend something along the lines of a 70 – 200 or larger zoom and/or a macro lens for close-ups. A tripod can be useful as well as a camping chair or something to sit on. No refreshments are available so you may want to bring your own.
Public Workshops – £55 Per Person
Weekday Workshop Prices (Mon to Fri only)
1 Person – £60
2 People Booking together – £100
3 People booking together – £120
Available Public Workshop Dates