Liberty’s Harvest Mouse Studio Workshops

Harvest Mouse Macro Workshops are an amazing opportunity to photograph these tiny, challenging, but fascinating little creatures in a studio environment at Liberty’s Centre near Ringwood. Your day will start with a quick introduction before we start photographing the mice using a variety of props and backgrounds and will last for two and a half hours which will comprise of the mice on various “props” for the first 2 hours followed by around half an hour on a natural setting to do as they please.

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.

As of October 2018 any photography workshop that involves the use of captive animals requires the operator to be licensed under the Animal Welfare Regulations 2018 or to hold a Zoo Licence. Any operators offering captive animal photo days must display their AWR Licence or their Zoo Licence number on their website, so please make sure that if you book any photo day that involves the use of animals you check to make sure that the operator displays their licence number before you book. Liberty’s Centre holds a full Zoo Licence – number 1009/2

As always an experienced photographer will be on hand to guide you and help out with any questions that may arise during the session.

Harvest Mouse Studio
Harvest Mouse on Barley

Being indoors these days are not weather dependent as well as having the added advantages of using our professional quality lighting to achieve the best possible picture quality. Typically we will be shooting at small apertures for increased depth of field, low ISO for ultimate picture quality and lightning fast effective shutter speeds to minimise any movement blur or camera shake giving you absolutely stunning results. Photos taken on these days have been published all over the world in books and web sites as well as appearing in most of the UK national newspapers and several magazines and our Harvest Mice photo days have become very popular.

Each public session is limited to a maximum of 4 photographers so there is plenty of space for all and plenty of time to get your photographs. Sessions last for two and a half hours and cost £55 per person per session.

Morning Sessions run from 10.00AM to 12.30PM
Afternoon Sessions run from 1.30PM to 4.00PM

Your day includes entry into Liberty’s Centre so if you wish to stay in the Centre after a morning session, or arrive early for an afternoon session, to have a look round at our Birds Of Prey and Reptiles that reside with us you are more than welcome.

Address And Postcode: Liberty’s Owl, Raptor And Reptile Centre, Crow Lane, Ringwood, Hampshire. BH24 3DZ (Zoo Licence Number: 1009/2)

Recommended Camera Equipment: You will need a DSLR camera, Compact System Camera or a high end “bridge” camera that is capable of being set to manual exposure with the ability to control ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed. We suggest that if you are unfamiliar with the controls you check your camera’s instruction manual before your day. For cameras with electronic view finders it would be helpful to be able to turn off “exposure simulation” if possible.

The camera will also need to be able to accept a standard flash “hot-shoe” fitting flash trigger.

Lenses we recommend are either a macro lens of around 100mm focal length or a zoom lens of around 70 – 200 or more focal length.

We supply a range of “standard” props and seasonal props such as wheat stalks, teasels, poppy heads and a variety of twigs – if you require specific props such as flowers we would suggest that you bring them with you

Harvest Mouse Studio Workshops
On Poppy Heads


Public PhotoDays: Harvest Mouse Macro Workshop days are charged at £55 per person comprising of a non-refundable £15 Deposit at the time of booking with the balance payable on arrival on the day using either cash or card.

Private Days: Private days are available at a cost of £200 per session for up to 4 people (2 is ideal). Week day bookings are also welcome – please contact us with your requirements.

Weekday Workshop:  £70 for one person or £110 for two people booking together, then £40 per extra person up to 4 people in total. For full details see our Weekday Workshop Page Here

Under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult

Available Public Workshop Dates

Harvest Mouse Photo Workshops Dates