We have had an enquiry regarding the facilities and welcome for photographers here at Loch of the Lowes, and the answer is , of course: photographers are always very welcome! This reserve has always been a popular one with photographers and many of our regulars become members so they can visit in all seasons to capture the reserves’ beauty and wildlife. In fact this is one of the best places in the country to get very close to much of our special wildlife without disturbing it , with the viewpoints and hides designed to give you a special view in particular of our Ospreys- probably the closest view anywhere!
We have always welcomed photographers and have added a few new features to our feeding area this year to help you get the best possible shots- and are always open to further suggestions. We are also running some courses this year to help you get started or improve your skills- ask us about the next Wildlife Photography Intermediate Course on July13th/14th with Kevin Hacker.
We only ask that all photographers are considerate in sharing the hides with other visitors and respect that some areas are off limits at certain times to allow wildlife to breed in peace.
Below is an excellent Wildlife Code of Ethics which is a guide for all of us- whether we are just watching wildlife or photographing it, to ensure you do no harm and get the best possible experience. If you have any doubts as to the methods, legalities or safe distances with any species of wildlife please seek advice.
Wildlife Photographers Code of Ethics
- First and foremost, view wildlife from a safe distance for both you and them. Respect their spatial needs. If the animal interrupts its behavior (resting, feeding, etc.), then you are too close and must distance yourself.
- Never force an action. Be patient! The most beautiful photographs result from natural action.
- Never come between a parent and its offspring. Any animal separated from its parent is distressed, whether by a throng of tourists eager for a closer look, or a photographer. This is unacceptable.
- Never crowd, pursue, prevent escape, make deliberate noises to distract, startle or harass wildlife. This is stressful and wastes valuable energy in needless flight. The impact is cumulative. Consider that you may be the 65th person to yell “hey” at that animal that day while it’s attempting to tend to its young.
- Never feed or leave food (baiting) for wildlife indiscriminately. Habituation due to handouts can result in disease or even death of that animal and injury to you.
- Never encroach on nests or dens as certain species will abandon their young.
- Never interfere with animals engaged in breeding, nesting, or caring for young.
- Learn to recognize wildlife alarm signals and never forget that these animals are NOT tame no matter how docile or cuddly they appear.
- Do not damage or remove any plant, life form or natural object. Do not leave litter or traces.
- Acquaint yourself with and respect the behaviors and ecosystems of the wildlife you may encounter. By doing so, you will enrich your experience tremendously.
- Finally, and most significant, remember that the welfare of the subject and habitat are irrefutably more important than the photograph.