Woodland Bird Photography Course – Sussex


A woodland bird photography course for photographers of all levels who are looking to improve their wildlife photography skills. Join Imber Court Photo Training for a day in an ancient Sussex wood learning the technique’s required to photograph a large selection of woodland birds. The wood is also home to badgers, owls and at certain times of year, kingfishers. Ashley will be on hand throughout the day and help you with choosing the best camera and focus settings and make sure that you leave at the end of the day with some great images.

Imber Court Photo Training has been given sole access to this wonderful unique location for a number of dates in 2024. With up to six comfortable hides to use to capture everything that’s going on literally right in front of your eyes! A maximum of five participants only on each day.

We will begin the day with a brief explanation of the best camera and focus settings required to capture the birds. You will then proceed to our first hide. You will spend the first two to three hours here before moving on to another hide as the light changes for the remainder of the day. Ashley will be there with you to deal with any issues you are having whilst suggesting ideas for composition of your shots.

Any DSLR, mirrorless or bridge camera will be suitable to photograph the birds along with a lens with a minimum focal length of 300mm.

There are no facilities on site apart from an excellent composting loo and enough water to make a drink so you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Free tea/coffee and biscuits will be available throughout the day.

Parking is difficult on site so we will all meet at a free public car park not far from our location and Ashley will take you to the wood.

You are guaranteed a wonderful day and will leave with some beautiful images and happy memories. This really is a unique location.




May 2024

Thursday 23rd

Saturday 25th

June 2024

Saturday 1st




9.30am to 2.00pm



Ashley Gardner


Approximately 20 mins from M25/M23 Junction

Approximately 20 mins  from A24/A272 junction if travelling from the South


What to bring with you:

A DSLR, mirrorless or bridge camera

A lens with a minimum focal length of 300mm a telephoto zoom will be perfect. If you own a 400, 500 or 600mm lens fixed or zoom, these will also be perfect to capture the birds.

The hides are so well set up that you really can do without a tripod or monopod. Beanbags are supplied and the shelf constructed to rest your lens is at the perfect height. If you’re happier using a tripod or monopod then of course please bring it along.

Ensure that you have a fully charged battery and spare if possible along with a couple of spare memory cards.

Dress accordingly and remember its much easier to take layers of clothing off than to add them when you haven’t brought them with you.

A packed lunch is essential although tea/coffee and biscuits are provided free of charge throughout the day.

We are located near the village of Handcross just off the A23 south of Gatwick Airport. Full details regarding where we will meet will be forwarded to you once you make your booking.



There are 3 ways in which to book.

Firstly, by calling us with your debit or credit card payment, and secondly, by completing our booking form, after receipt of which we will contact you for payment via your credit or debit card.

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