West Country Wildlife Photography Centre
The West Country Wildlife Photography Centre was established in 2009 by naturalist Derek Gow and is an utterly unique facility. Based on his experience of enclosure design for the New Forest Nature Quest project and the Wildwood Centre near Canterbury, Derek has drawn on over 16 years of experience with wildlife film makers and wildlife photographers to create a series of purpose built wildlife photography and film sets for British mammals. A splendid collection of captive mammals has already been resourced for the project and this will be further developed in time to afford an unparalleled opportunity to film or photograph the broadest range of wildlife subjects with relative ease. Natural wildlife is abundant in the locality with well-established populations of red and roe deer, badgers, foxes and otters. Barn owls and ravens are common together with a range of smaller bird species such as meadow pipits, goldfinches, linnets and yellowhammers. There is a broad butterfly compliment and the ancient hedge banks in spring offer delightful displays of wild flowers.