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David Jones
15/10/2018 - 21:56
After an fabulous morning photographing Dean's Harvest MIce last year, I decided that I needed a follow-up visit to his reflection pool.

Once again, Dean was extremely helpful with his advice on camera settings and set up, to get the best results, exposure and composition.

I was not disappointed, treated to constant activity all morning, with some amazing close-up views of Greater Spotted Woodpecker, which I have never been able to capture...until now. Nuthatches, Marsh Tits, Great Tits and Blue Tits were all in regular attendance.

Dean is a true professional, and his helpful, warm and friendly approach means that I have no hesitation in recommending Windows on Wildlife to any photographer...!!
Barbara Leatham
14/10/2018 - 21:16
Booking my day with Dean at the WOW Hides and Workshop was a personal development day for me. Most of my work is in a controlled environment, so honing my responsive skills to subjects that were out of my control was brilliant.
Dean met me with a warm smile and introduced me to the hide, importantly where the tea making facilities were, and helped me set up my kit.
I booked the whole day and had the place to myself. No pressure, no competition and no stress; it was wonderful.

Getting up close to the mice was just fabulous, I had no real idea what to expect, but being able to photograph them from all angles was amazing.

The poolside was just brilliant, I got to photograph so many birds I've never even seen before. I can see how it would be easy to go there every week to see who is visiting.

Whether you have photographed nature before or not, this is a place to get close to it and be excited by it. I'm sure I'll be treating myself to another day at WOW.

My sincere thanks to Dean, I feel like the next time I book it will be more like meeting up with a friend!
Robert Belbin
14/10/2018 - 16:59
Many thanks Dean for all your help during my recent visit to photograph the harvest mice. It was great fun and a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

I look forward to another session at the Reflection Hide when the jays are active.
Tony Hilton
13/10/2018 - 00:48
Hi Dean and Steph,

Thank you so much for the wonderful day my sister, Debbie, and I spent with you while I was in the UK.

Your set up is far and away the best I have ever used.

The Harvest Mice were sensational, and the short video I made has been widely appreciated.

I also loved the fact that everything is arranged in an arc, so that as you swing the lens around it is still the same distance to the subject, thereby avoiding the hassle of autofocus 'hunting' by turning to off. You have evidently put a great deal of thought into this layout with all kinds of appropriate props at different places.

In addition, the hide is well equipped with camera mounts, tea, coffee and bkkies, and as it turned out on the day, DRY!'

The rain did not deter us, since it added an extra texture to the birds, some looking bedraggled, something not normally photographed, so the result is less usual photos.

It made the trip from Australia well worthwhile, so many thanks again

Tony Hilton FRSA ARPS (Hon life member)
Chris Warran
08/10/2018 - 14:23
What a truly amazing day.
First time I spent more than an hour in a hide ever! Lots of birds and got a great shot of female Sparrow Hawk as well. Landed just a few feet away from the hide!
Did Combination day with mice, phenomenal experience. Not to be missed, a real gem and Dean not only runs the perfect day but his incredible wildlife photography is world famous.
A real privelage to attend thanks a million, learnt a lot.
Sharon Bolt
06/10/2018 - 17:16
I paid my second visit to the Harvest Mice earlier in the week. Dean has made a wonderful environment for both mice and people. I spent another blissful afternoon enthralled by the little mice and I smiled all the while I was taking the images and whilst Iíve edited them. Love it. PS: love the black backdrop.
Angela Aird
04/10/2018 - 21:19
Had the most amazing morning with Dean, photographing his Harvest mice. The whole experience was fantastic. He made me feel at ease and helped with the correct exposure for me to get some stunning images. The two hours flew by, will definitely be back, next time the reflection pool. Thankyou Dean.
Lynn Christer
03/10/2018 - 17:29
I've now experienced both Dean's workshops - the harvest mice, & the reflection pool. I would happily do both all over again several times - you would get different shots each time you go; depending on weather, seasons, etc. He has worked hard to create near perfect environments for photographers to be able to achieve beautiful images. Many thanks Dean, hope to see you again soon. x
Sam Hallam
01/10/2018 - 17:24
Sam Hallam

Thank you Dean and Steph for such an enjoyable experience today, your both such lovely people and made me and my mum feel extremely welcome. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys wildlife and photos to come and see your beautiful harvest mice.
Thank you again. Sam xx
Daphne Hallam
01/10/2018 - 17:23
Today I had the pleasure of meeting Dean, Steph and their beautiful harvest mice. This was my first visit to photograph these charming little mice, and there's no doubt it won't be my last.

Dean and Steph made me feel so very welcome, and Dean was nothing but helpful and gave any advice I may need. There is no doubt how much Dean loves his mice, though they are not handled thus they are not pets.
My daughter who treated me to this amazing photo shoot came to, and was made just as welcome. Steph was there with tea or coffee if needed, nothing was to much trouble. So 2hrs on and 1500+ photos later sadly the session came to an end.

I cannot recommend Dean and his harvest mice shoot enough I defy anyone to go and not love every single second of this amazing experience. Thank you Dean and Steph x
Sally
01/10/2018 - 07:26
A fabulous day again with Dean. The mice were on fantastic form and I was just so impressed with the Mouse Hotel and 5* living conditions that they have, knowing that they are so well cared for just made the day for me. Canít recommend a day with Dean highly enough, very good value for money and Dean is just such a pleasure to be with, thank you Dean🐭🐭
Justin Moors
30/09/2018 - 15:17
I enjoyed my third visit today, since my last session there have been plenty of changes to perches and the elements around the reflection pool to ensure that my images look fresh and new.

It is so worth re-visiting as the frequency and types of birds is changing every time I come along, the Great Tits were looking fab today with their new plumage and for the first time I saw a family of three Greenfinches who were more than happy to pose for me.

I've already re-booked for four weeks time, I just cant keep away.

Thanks again Dean and Steph, definitely going to have to set up a direct debit to cover my regular visits :-)
Fiona Caskey
30/09/2018 - 11:21
I have just returned from my second combination day. Steph and Dean were excellent hosts, nothing was too much trouble, including tea and coffee Ďon tapí when you want it.
Numerous birds visited the reflection pool including some lovely long tail tits.
The harvest mice were their photogenic selves in lovely settings.
Will definitely be seeing when I can return again for a combination day.
Gary Davis
27/09/2018 - 18:56
Spent the morning with Dean and his Harvest Mice. Dean is the best and really cares about your experience and the animals. All natural poses and no mouse is placed anywhere. Really reccomend visiting its a great experience.
Julie
19/09/2018 - 11:35
Just completed a combination day with Dean spending some time photographing the gorgeous harvest mice and also spending time at the reflection pool. Lovely peaceful setting and so refreshing how natural the mice behave, they are real characters. Dean was so approachable and gave us loads of tips on settings and approach as we are normally landscape photographers. Thank you Dean for such an amazing day, you will be seeing a lot more of us now! If anyone is thinking of booking, do it, it is such a great opportunity but remember to take spare cards and batteryís, you wonít believe how many photos you can take!
Ian & Kathy
18/09/2018 - 13:34
Another terrific visit to Windows on Wildlife Ė this time for a ĎCombi-dayí Ė which left us with over 4,000 images to view (make sure you have plenty of memory cards and batteries).
There are a wide variety of birds constantly visiting the reflection pool Ė Blue, Great, Long Tailed, Marsh and Coal tits along with Greenfinch, Robin, Wren, Great Spotted woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch Ė providing numerous opportunities for photography . . . or you can just sit and watch, as I did at times!
Add the Harvest Mice to the mix - which I can assure you, will melt the hearts of everyone - and you have a superb day out, which I would recommend to anyone.
The whole set-up is extremely well thought out and offers everything you need, plus more Ė as many have said, this is a 5 star establishment but, what really makes this so special are the terrific hosts, Dean & Steph Ė always a delight to be with, always funny and so knowledgeable and passionate about what they are doing.
Philip Adair
17/09/2018 - 09:40
I did the harvest mouse and reflection pool day and it was brilliant! Lovely, natural setting and Dean is great - his knowledge and enthusiasm is infectious! Harvest mice were addictive and I still can't believe the activity at the reflection pool - its hard to know where to look first, there's so much going on - it would be great all year round, so I'll be back for more visits! I can't recommend enough!!
Ruth Wild
14/09/2018 - 11:46
Wow wow wow, what can I say, I had the most amazing time photographing the harvest mice. Will definitely going back again and will also be booking for the bird hide.
Dean couldn't have been more helpful, really nice down to earth guy. If you need advise and help he will but if you know what you're doing he will let you get on.
This is well worth every penny. My daughter got it for my birthday and has to be the best present.
You won't regret booking. Thanks Dean 😀
Will be visiting again very soon.
Gina King
13/09/2018 - 19:03
I had a brilliant day at the reflection pool and harvest mice on a combination day recently. Dean is very helpful and regularly checked on me in the hide to ensure that I was ok and to see what activity I had seen. I was hoping to see a woodpecker and was thrilled to see both the adult and juvenile. I absolutely loved photographing the harvest mice. I hadn't realised how tiny they are, they are very quick and very funny to watch. Saying that, there were plenty of opportunities to photograph them as they stopped for poses. Dean clearly takes good care of the mice and ensures that once they are tired they are taken out and rested. Overall very happy with the experience and with over 3000 images of the day to sort through I will enjoy looking through my photographs and remembering the day.
Julie Hall
13/09/2018 - 17:07
Simply one of the best days I have spent with my camera! Booked onto the combination day giving me the morning photographing the birds that visit the reflection pool set up, then couple of hours photographing the harvest mice, finishing off back at the reflection pool. The whole set up is absolutely first class, Dean and his wife Steph are just delightful and we got on like a house on fire. The hide is perfect, very comfortable and has tea and coffee making facilities (if you can tear yourself away from the camera!) with a portaloo alongside. Saw a lovely array of birds, visiting the pool and the perches that Dean has so carefully thought out and prepared. The Harvest mice are gorgeous and so tiny! Dean has many that he adds to the pen during the couple of hours and he changes the props that they can climb up. He is so caring and gentle with them. I simply cannot wait to return, loved every single moment. Thanks Dean and Steph, see you soon xx
Neil Robertson
13/09/2018 - 10:40
My eagerly awaited visit to Deans's Harvest Mice set-up was fulfilled yesterday, what a day! what a chance to see these wonderful little animals and what a gentleman Dean is. My wife and I were met and escorted to the hide through wonderful woodland, a trip I did not expect my wife to be allowed as she is no photographer but amongst many other duties, my chauffeur. Dean allowed her to sit and watch while he too watched and made the tea. The mice performed beautifully, from time to time Dean replaced the mice as they would perform for a while and then decide it was time for a sleep. The props were changed now and then giving me a really good variety of shots, he used Crab Apples, Hips and Haws, Sea Holly, Wheat and Barley .This was the first time I had ever seen a Harvest Mouse but hey are so active and so friendly, you just cannot help but get all the shots you wanted.. It proved to be such a wonderful session and I cannot wait to return to spend time in the Hide with the Reflection Pool. Dean is a Master with these animals and is just so caring and considerate towards them. ... on a technical point I mainly used my 100mm Macro lens and my nifty 50. both giving me excellent results.
Mags Hudgell
12/09/2018 - 20:00
I recently spent a brilliant morning with Dean. My friends had been raving about the harvest mice workshop, so I decided to give it a try. What a wonderful experience it turned out to be. Dean is a great guy, friendly and professional with a love of wildlife which shows in his care of the harvest mice. Dean was on hand to offer advice regarding my camera settings etc which was so helpful. I came home with some fantastic images. I would recommend Deanís workshops without hesitation and I will most certainly be booking again. Great value for money. Thank you Dean.
John O Neill
11/09/2018 - 17:51
Well what can i say, Booked a combination day with Dean last Saturday September 8th. Had a rough idea what I was embarking on, but did I get a first class welcome,attention to detail of what Photographers need's were. Dean is a true wildlife professional, with a personality to boot, I could have talked for hours about birds and Mice,but i had to take out the camera at some point. Dean's location,could not be better, tucked away into the countryside,away from the madden crowds. I knew that time of year was going to be a tough challenge with the birds, but for a working man,that does not get too much time off,i had to plan well ahead. Well i was more than happy ,with the bird shots i achieved and the Harvest Mice experience is something to behold, these little guys move fast. The hours flew by and so did the Memory cards, i think i shot over 100gigs, so the editing will take some time. Dean and Steph have a great way with their visitors and everything in the trip is catered for (too much Tea !!) It was worth the trip from Ireland to Dorset and i think,sorry, I know a return trip for the winter months are on the cards.
Thanks again Dean, Looking forward to catching up with you and Steph again.
Simon Dando
11/09/2018 - 17:09
Spent a glorious morning at Deans reflection pool photographing wonderful little birds from the comfort of Deans purpose built comfortable hide. The set up is second to none, with comfy chairs and tea and coffee available. The 4 hours flew by, no pun intended and Dean made regular checks to make sure we were ok and was on hand if we needed anything. The backdrop has been very carefully arranged so that you can get stunnning shots anywhere you point your camera, but be quick as the birds are completely wild and donít stay still for long. I had a keeper rate of about 5% and I think that was good considering how fast they swoop in and out. One thing is a definite and once youíve tried it you will want to go back! Thanks Dean a great day and definitely the highlight of my daughters holiday. Will be back soon mate. Thanks again.
jonathan Need
11/09/2018 - 11:57
Thanks Dean for a great time photographing the Harvest Mice.
A nice relaxed and warm welcome to both myself and Carol and even Chester had a great time.
Hope to be back soon.
KAREN SPENCE
07/09/2018 - 09:12
Thank you so much for a wonderful 2 hours with the field mice. A return trip for the woodland trip is now on my "to do" list.
Jim walker
05/09/2018 - 21:19
Hi just had another visit to dean masons reflection pool had great day plenty of bird life and great set up plus deans knowledge of the wildlife is very helpful will be returning in the future 👍
Karen Peirce
04/09/2018 - 19:34
I had the most amazing time today with Dean and his mice which are very well looked after and not handled by him, tea was provided, the workshop was outside in the open you will be amazed he has a great set up, I would recommend this to anyone who wants to get great pictures of little harvest mice, Dean was very helpful and friendly, I truly enjoyed it. It was well worth the money. Thank you Dean
Jacky Kerrison
04/09/2018 - 17:10
Visited early September for a combination day. I am not a professional and don't use a DSLR...I do enjoy a great day out watching wildlife taking a few pics. This day exceeded my expectations.

The pool was much busier than I had anticipated, it was an unusual moment to not have something interesting occurring. It is clear that a lot thought has gone into the design of both the location and the hide - the result is you relax, sip coffee and pick and choose great shot after great shot.

Working with the mice was a good leg stretch after sitting in the dark hide! I liked the seasonal selection of 'props' - doing this again (which I probably will) I will put more thought into what images I'd like and change things around more...keeps the mice interested and gives a greater variety of shots.

Dean is exceedingly amiable and was happy to guide my novice hand but also gave me plenty of space to do my own thing. Speaking as a novice this was a great day out ...you will walk away with some cracking photos and, better yet, some excellent memories.

Recommended!
Lisa Harber
04/09/2018 - 11:03
Wow, what a lovely day and experience. Dean and Steph really know how to look after you and pull out all the stops to ensure you get some fabulous shots to take home. Everything has been really thought about and provided. I did the Harvest Mice and Bird Hide combination day and had a brilliant time. The harvest mice were fantastic photographic subjects and so fun to watch. Dean is a knowledgeable expert on all things Harvest Mice and really looks after them. The bird hide, even though I visited during a not so busy period, was full of birds for the whole time I was there. The reflection pool provided some lovely images, and it is the best reflection pool I have visited. The layout and thought that has gone into setting it up is second to none. The hide is really comfortable and even has a toilet next door, which is quite unusual and quite a luxury for hide photography. I cannot recommend the hide or workshop enough. Have done the harvest mice twice now, and it was my first time using the hide. I will definitely be back for a chance to get some more images and to spend time with the cute harvest mice and the amazing variety of birds seen at the hide. Thanks so much Dean & Steph! Keep up the fantastic work!
Kenny McLean
31/08/2018 - 14:55
I spent an amazing day with Dean a couple of weeks ago. I was lucky enough to win a session with his harvest mice via his Facebook page.
As Bournemouth is more than a short drive from Falkirk I booked the full day which gave me a couple of sessions at his reflection pool.
The first session was amazing, a great variety of birds visited and I took over 800 shots.
During the afternoon session at the pool, I was a little bit more selective. I shot around 750 frames in double the time. In the morning I was trigger happy whereas the afternoon was spent waiting on the birds coming to where I wanted them.
The harvest mice session was incredible. These things are tiny and so cute it's hard to describe. You're reading this review on Dean's website so you've no doubt seen pictures of them, Seeing them in real life, however, is a different experience altogether.
They charm you with their inquisitive attitude. Dean provides a variety of Ďpropsí especially designed for photographers. Each item carefully selected to give a pleasing composition.
my first frame of the session turned out to be one of my favourites of the entire day. A mouse coming down a simple twig, pausing to look around and click, just like that a favourite image is made. Two hours flew past. I was shooting so many frames I was running low on memory. A quick trip back to the reflection pool hide for my laptop meant that I could download the images and reuse the cards. Take a tip form me, take plenty memory. I took 64Gb with me and ended up emptying quite a few cards so that I would have enough to shoot the birds in the afternoon.

What can I say about Dean? A true gent. His love of wildlife is infectious and the work he has put in to build the hide and reflection pool is incredible. Every possible amenity is provided, even a loo. He is friendly, welcoming and freely shares his knowledge. He likes to laugh and that too is infectious. He was there when I needed him and gave me space when I need that. All in all, a perfect day. My wife and I are already talking about our next visit as she is keen to see, and photograph, the mice. It was a long trip, around 1000 miles in all, but one we are prepared to make again. He mentioned a couple of changes in the offing and these are going th make the photographs even better. We canít wait. See you next year Dean.

Orrabest

Kenny
Maciej Knop
29/08/2018 - 19:11
Had a fantastic day to have next step of my photography experience and great aopportunity to do Harvest Mice Workshop. Excellent place for everyone who love wildlife photography. Definitely recommend this day and I will back there again soon. Thanks Dean for friendly atmosphere and it was really nice to meet you. See you soon.
Penny Wilkerson and Richard Buck
27/08/2018 - 21:08
We just had a fantastic day at the reflection pool hide. To date, the most luxurious hide we have had the pleasure of visiting! Comfortable chairs, plenty of space, tea and coffee amongst other thoughtful touches...not least of which is the portaloo to the side which is quite a bonus especially for the ladies!
As for the photography side we were blessed with plenty of visits in both number and variety. A Bullfinch, Greater spotted woodpeckers, jays, chiff chaff, chaffinch, blue tits, great tits, Marsh tits, greenfinches, nuthatches, and a squirrel who was clearly on commission for the number of poses he could perform!
We got loads of great images and will certainly be returning to experience the different seasonal visitors and possibly to have a little time with the harvest mice too.
No hesitation in recommending Dean and Steph as great hosts with a clear passion for wildlife.
Tony Bamford
27/08/2018 - 12:03
We were recommended Dean by a colleague on another photographic workshop. In turn, I would have no hesitation in recommending Dean to anyone on any other photographic workshop I can persuade to listen.
Becca Fulcher
26/08/2018 - 18:45
What a totally awesome session with the harvest mice. Dean is the most genuine and kindest person I have ever met to run a workshop. He has such a true love for wildlife and nature and so respectful towards the little fellows. I had a 121 session and whilst Dean was there to provide advice he also left me to my own devices - he was great with advice, tips and very thorough in every way. A breath of fresh air in the competitive photography world - I cant wait to return.
Tricia New
26/08/2018 - 13:48
I returned with a friend after a fantastic mouse day previously. This time we spent our morning at the reflection pool. Wow! The hide was fully equipped and really comfortable. A lot of thought and care has been taken here. There were birds in and out all the time, and I got some brilliant shots. Dean was once again so helpful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic, with a wonderful sense of humour. Just a wonderful morning.
Jacqueline Patel
26/08/2018 - 13:32
Spent another morning in the bird hid3 with my friend. A great selection of birds and love the set up. Such a relaxing place canít wait to go back again soon. Always coffee and tea and a loo so what more does one need. Thanks Dean
Pam Dpnovan
24/08/2018 - 17:43
Pam &Tim Donovan
We have had the most amazing time at the woodland refection pool,the birds were in and out continuously throughout the day.We have been many times before but each time it's like it's the first time.It's paradise right here on earth.
The hide is so very comfortable with tea and coffee all day long.There is even a toilet what a luxury for us ladies.The location is wonderful set in a beautiful woodland prefect for photography.Dean & Steph go out of their way to give you memories that you will treasure for ever.We will be booking again very soon.A very big thank you for a wonderful time.
Denise Fountain
23/08/2018 - 19:42
I had the most amazing day in the hide overlooking the reflection pool, capturing images of a variety of birds, continuously throughout the day.

Dean could not be more helpful, if he tried, in order to make the day one to remember.

It was so good, I booked another day on my departure.

Thanks Dean, See you soon.
Andy Dunn
23/08/2018 - 06:24
After coming here earlier this year (June), I just had to come again. Another good day taking photos of birds and just watching them. Went home with a full 32Gb card of images and two exhausted camera batteries.

It's just wonderful to be left alone in the hide with the peace and quiet and the tranquility of the surrounding countryside..

Being in a hide for 8 hours - was I bored? No, the time shot by and before I knew it, it was 4pm. You just sit there, watch, and to be entertained by the different birds coming into feed plus the guest appearance of a Jay, Woodpecker and a pesky Squirrel.

A thoroughly enjoyable day, and have already booked myself in for another in October.

Thanks again Dean for a lovely experience.
Cheryl Foreman
21/08/2018 - 16:22
Thank you Dean for creating such a natural and ethical way for photographers to enjoy the wonderful world of the Harvest Mouse - your set up made me feel very comfortable and relaxed photographing these enchanting little characters. I have some fantastic images, the mice were completely free to do as they wish and were not handled but more importantly you are doing a fab job of conservation too!
Erica Martin
20/08/2018 - 18:12
I have wanted to visit Dean Mason to do some photography for quite some time, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. What a brilliant opportunity to photograph Harvest mice and a variety of birds in a woodland setting. It proved to be a fun day in the company of Dean and Steph, and I came away with many images I am very pleased with. I am already trying to work out when I can return!
Helen White
19/08/2018 - 18:26
Had a fantastic Combination Day yesterday, having the opportunity to photograph woodland birds including Nuthatch, juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker, & Bullfinch on the attractively landscaped reflection pool, followed by the cute (we might have said this once or twice!) Harvest mice. As people have commented before, the mice were not handled but were allowed to behave completely naturally on the flowers etc. Dean & Steph were great hosts, the hide has all mod cons, I would definitely recommend this day & look forward to coming back for another go.
Sarah Seddon
18/08/2018 - 22:21
I booked on the mice workshop for my husband's birthday (but took the opportunity to book myself on too!).
Dean was very welcoming and helpful, giving suggestions but letting us get on with our photography.
We have both got some great shots and had a really lovely afternoon. They are such amazing tiny creatures to watch and photograph. I would definitely recommend the workshop.
Kerry Cousens
17/08/2018 - 20:42
My partner has been waxing-lyrical about his Combination Day with Dean and Steph and treated me to a Harvest Mice Workshop as he knew I would fall in love with these gorgeous little creatures, he was right! I had a fabulous day, it was an amazing experience that I enjoyed every single moment of.

Dean is very welcoming and friendly, he makes you feel relaxed and helps you to enjoy and make the most of your time. Iím not an experienced photographer, but I have come away with a great selection of photos that I am extremely proud of, I would encourage anyone to come along and give this a try no matter what level of photographer you are. Dean is always on hand to give tips and advice if required, but gives you plenty of space to enjoy your time shooting and watching.

The environment Dean has nurtured is beautiful, complete peace and tranquility, a true haven for wildlife and therapy for the mind and soul.
Kelly Deans
15/08/2018 - 18:18
I spent a fantastic morning with Dean and Steph not to forget the extremely cute harvest mice .I arrived a bit late but Dean and Steph kindly waited for me (thank you guys) the setup is fantastic and I loved the fact the mice are not handled or placed onto props. This workshop is suitable for all levels of photographers as Dean is on hand with advise and guidance. I have came home with so many fantastic images and will am looking forward to booking next year. Thank you Dean for a brilliant experience.
Derrick Holliday ARPS
15/08/2018 - 10:37
I did the mice back in June, that in itself was a fascinating experience. I found Dean's enthusiasm for wildlife inspiring, so much so, not having done any bird photography, I booked a full day in his hide.

I have to say the comments by Justin Moors I can fully endorse.

I was lucky enough to get a dozen good images of a juvenile Sparrow Hawk too.

Thanks Dean for a great day. See you again in the spring.
Justin Moors
12/08/2018 - 10:18
Iím sat at my laptop as the sun sets on the finest day of wildlife photography I have experienced, astounded by the results, certainly my best work to date. I of course want to take a large amount of credit for this, after all Iím the one that dialled in settings and pushed the shutter button, but Dean ensures that you have the opportunities to capture images with beautiful backdrops and a variety of natural foreground interest, all of which help you to shoot stunning shots.

I chose to visit for the combination day, as I couldnít decide which I wanted to do more. I met Dean at 7:45am and we drove down to the hide. Dean and Steph are fabulous hosts, they make you feel so welcome and are genuinely lovely people - youíll put them on your Christmas card list for sure!

At 8am, Iím in the hide and given some orientation, this is not your ordinary hide, its a well constructed, camouflaged unit with comfortable space for three photographers (when I say comfortable, the chairs have cushions!). Turn around and you have tea/coffee making facilities and you are actively encouraged to make sure you make full use of them. At the business end, there are gimbal heads mounted to weighty base plates that are easy to use and add to the comfort factor. If, whilst surrounded by all this nature, you receive the call - there is a portaloo next door to the hide.

There are a great variety of birds coming and going all through the day, with some times seeing frenetic action. By 10am, Iím finding my feet within the hide and have realised that the frantic spray and pray manner of shooting is a bi-product of being overwhelmed with how active the birds are at the hide and clambering to not miss a shot. Iíve learned a lot already, but now its time for the harvest mice.

The mice are utterly adorable, way smaller than I imagined, Iím glad that I took great advice from Dean and opted for my 105mm Macro lens. I found myself spending equal amounts of time simply observing them and shooting, its lovely to watch how they interact with one another and their environment.

During the two hour shoot, you have the opportunity to photograph them in a variety of settings from the classic wheat to their now natural habitat of hedgerows. My top tip would be to shoot with manual focus, these little guys (and girls) move so quickly my autofocus didnít know what to do.

At 12pm, I return to the hide for the rest of the day and the action did not desist, added to by a cheeky grey squirrel who posed for a few shots before I politely asked him to leave. My morning shoot had taught me to have the confidence and patience to line up shots and pre-focus ready for a bird to come into position, which pays off. Keeping an eye on the patterns the birds are taking helps you to increase your chances of getting the shot. I was able to tick off some of my long awaited quarry including Greater Spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatch, two species that have eluded me before now. I was also delighted to get some shots of a pair of Jays.

Before I knew it, it was 4pm, time to pack up and head home, Dean and Steph came to down to see me and we chatted for a while, their enthusiasm and care is exemplary and the site is a huge credit to them, I left knowing that this would be a regular haunt for me, in-fact within a couple of hours of leaving, I had already rebooked my next visit.

If you are worried that you wont get a great photo, donít - as long as you remember to remove your lens cap and Iím sure you will come away with images that will make you proud and reinvigorate your enthusiasm for wildlife photography, whether you are an aspiring amateur or a seasoned pro.
Sally Trump
10/08/2018 - 17:34
If you want to photograph wildlife WOW is a must to visit.
Dean has created a wonderful environment in which to photograph birds and mice in their natural surroundings.
He is passionate about wildlife and photography and his relaxed manner makes the whole experience amazing.

Will most definitely be returning.
Shakiera Jennings
10/08/2018 - 17:32
My partner and I visited this workshop on both the harvest mice and reflection pool.
Dean and Steph were both generous, kind, hospitable and very bubbly. I would recommend it to anyone.
The mice are well looked after and I was so impressed that they are not handled. The reflection hide is amazing - all in all the experience was utterly fantastic.
Kieran Hyde
10/08/2018 - 17:30
What a set up Dean and Steph have they are such great people and very hospitable and friendly.

I was taken to the workshop for my birthday and I can't recommend it enough, the reflection pool was out of this world and I saw many species wood peckers jays nuthatches and many more. Also the harvest microwave workshop was great to the mice are not handled and are left to do as they please super set up!

Don't think about booking a workshop up if you like nature just do it you will not be dissapointed top class thanks Dean and Steph.
Bob Richards
10/08/2018 - 09:24
Wow, what a day! My wife booked me in for the day's experience for a birthday present and I enjoyed every minute of it. Dean is a lovely guy and made me very welcome. It was really nice breaking up the day with both wild bird and harvest mice shoots.
There was plenty of time to gain experience in what can be quite challenging, and my shots got better throughout the day.
Came home with 2 memory cards full and some lovely images to sort through.
Thanks, Dean, for a super day!
Graham Huntley
09/08/2018 - 17:04
Last Christmas, Lynn bought me, as one of my pressies, a morning workshop photographing harvest mice with the talented, but irrepressible, Dean Mason. I havenít had a chance to download or even view the vast number of shots I took, using a variety of props that we took with us but this was one I could WiFi from my Olympus Pen F and gives a flavour of the morning, although I was mostly using my 5Diii and 100mm macro lens.

Watching the way Dean goes out of his way to ensure that the mice are never physically handled and retain their natural behaviour is fascinating and heís even evolved a breeding program which allows for significant numbers to be released into the countryside.

His photos are well worth a look and his workshops are amazingly good. Totally recommended (and he makes great tea as well! 😁)

Canít wait to get them onto my screen at home
Sally Blair
07/08/2018 - 19:44
I had a wonderful and entertaining morning photographing the harvest mice, such dear little creatures. Dean was great! caring and helpful they are obviously so much more than just a money earner to him I Cant recommend his workshop highly enough.I am looking forward to returning in the near future to visit the mice again and also the hide.
Valentin Tiganoc
07/08/2018 - 19:33
Last Sunday I had the harvest mice workshop experience . And what an amazing experience it was . I don't know where to start from , from that amazing place where the workshop is located to the wonderful hospitality of Dean and Steph and of course to the setup that Dean's imagined enabling photographers to take a glimpse into those little creatures daily routines. It was a very good day indeed and I will recommend the experience to anyone who wants to spend a few hours in the nature in friendly company and try his/her hand at wildlife photography at its best. As for myself I will definitely return and try the woodland birds as well. Thank you Dean and I'll see you soon .
Pete Biggs
05/08/2018 - 12:43
Paid another visit to Dean this week and used the bird hide for the first time. Dean was his usual helpful self , helping with best camera settings etc....,No Humming Birds or Golden Eagles but a good selection of British birds. The time just flew by (sorry about the pun). Still working through the shots but pleased with the results so far.
Deirdre Murphy
03/08/2018 - 21:43
Just back from a fabulous day at the harvest mice with Dean and Steph. Thoroughly enjoyed the day and the wonderful hospitality.
There are a number of photo opportunities both with the mice and the reflection pool. The day was really well organised and the facilities are fantastic. Will definitely be back.
Paul Williams
03/08/2018 - 15:47
A fantastic morning at Dean's Harvest Mouse workshop. Initial communication was excellent when I made the first inquiry and had to book without a second thought due to the popularity of Dean's workshops.

If you love photographing animals and nature then this is a must Harvest Mice are great little characters providing 100's of original image opportunities. The mice are left to their own devices, never handled and never forced to create the un-natural image that you so often see.

I'm still trawling thru my images (approx 1000) and will upload ASAP.

Thank you Dean for a great morning and hope to see you soon during another of your workshops.
Paul
Anna Barwick
03/08/2018 - 07:20
We spent an absolutely fantastic day photographing harvest mice and woodland birds with Dean Mason.
The facilities are superb for photographers and every detail thought through.
Dean is so friendly and welcoming and really does set you up for success and cannot do enough for you on the day.
The day is very good value for money and we will most definitely be back.
Jack Barwick
02/08/2018 - 16:22
Fantastic place ! I would highly recommended going there . Dean is a very welcoming and helpful throughout the day . 10/10 :)
Ron Allin
02/08/2018 - 10:21
This was second visit to Dean's Windows on Wildlife Location,this time spending two hours with the field mice as well as in the reflection pool hide. There were endless photo opportunities, and along with Dean's good company end excellent knowledge and experience, I had another great day, capturing some great shots. Highly recommended.
Tony Banks
01/08/2018 - 19:45
I have recently returned from a brilliant day with Dean spending some time with the Harvest Mice and at the hide. Both were excellent and there were plenty of woodland birds to keep me occupied all day! The hide itself is very comfortable and there is plenty of room and the birds appeared throughout the day while I was there. It could not have been better and I shall return.
James
01/08/2018 - 17:08
I recently attended another harvest mouse workshop with Dean. As usual the whole experience was exceptional. Dean creates great photo opportunities whilst keeping the best interests of the mice. I canít recommend the workshop enough and will definitely be back again. Thanks again Dean, youíre a legend
Dean Mason
30/07/2018 - 17:39
Hi Sarah, thank you for your comment which is much appreciated. I feel a response is required to the latter part ! The wording of workshop applies to our harvest mice, our woodland hide is hide hire unless requested as a 1-2-1 tuition day when booking....

I usually mention settings, give tips and advice for the hide before leaving customers to their photography - If I omitted to do this ? Please accept my apologies !

I am always more than happy to assist anyone on either our harvest mice workshops or hide days when asked.. Tuition days are available to anyone, but this needs to be stated when making a booking...........

Kind regards,
Dean
sarah abbott
30/07/2018 - 16:49
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the hide and photographing the harvest mice. There was so much activity at the hide, especially in the morning the photographic opportunity was endless. The afternoon was quieter, but managed to get some great photos of the woodpeckers and jay, as well all the other birds. The harvest mice workshop was fun too. They are so cute and do give you the opportunity to capture some fabulous photos of a creature you're highly unlike to see in the wild. The only downside: it wasn't a workshop as such. The word workshop implies there will be some tuition, of which there was NONE. As I gone on my own, I was left in the hide on my own after Dean had set my lens and camera on the gimbal. So you do need to know how your camera works. Would thoroughly recommend it though.
Jayne Bond
27/07/2018 - 16:05
What can I say ..... another superb day at the reflection pool.
Living locally it's easy for me to return time and time again, but I would do that anyway because this is such a fantastic place to spend the day.
I was a little apprehensive about how active the birds would be given the extreme weather conditions but I needn't have worried! Blue tit, great tit, bull finch, woodpecker, jay to name but a few were all coming down to the water to drink providing fantastic opportunities for reflection images. Thank you Dean, once again, for a brilliant day.
Vanessa Owen
27/07/2018 - 15:33
Thoroughly enjoyed spending 4 hours doing photography in a wonderfully appointed bird hide which has been thoughtfully planned for Comfort and ease regarding obtaining many many close up shots of a variety of species of birds. Dean gives tips and advice and is very helpful. Perfect experience for any budding photographer and I can't wait to go back.
Mike
27/07/2018 - 13:17
Just a short note of thanks to Dean for a fantastic day at the reflection pool and harvest mice workshop. Still working through the many pictures taken. I highly recommend taking the full day session.
See you next year .
Best Regards
Mike (Cape Town South Africa)
Jacqueline Ranieri
24/07/2018 - 18:30
I have just spent an amazing day with the Harvest Mice and the Reflection pool. I was a little nervous as I was out of my comfort zone as generally I shoot mainly sport. Dean was fantastic and helped me with my settings etc.The whole day was so relaxing, no pressure, just fun. To be honest I wanted to move in and not leave. Dean and his wife Steph are 2 amazing people, I can't wait to go back. I would highly recommend this to everyone.
Melanie Affleck
23/07/2018 - 12:47
What a fantastic set up Dean has. If you have a love of birds, an interest in photography and fancy a challenge I recommend a visit here.
I spent the whole day with Dean including two hours with the harvest mice. They are such characters.
Dean is a real gent and a brilliant photographer and he wants you to succeed and enjoy the passion he shares.
Book in and discover the fun for yourself!
THANKS DEAN.
Jamie MacCallum
21/07/2018 - 11:23
Well what can I say, visited last Thursday and can honestly say its the best day of photography I have had, Dean is so helpful and passionate about what he does and this shines through, the place is tranquil and the hide is the best appointed I have been in, the birds visiting were many and constantly non stop, as for the mice they are wonderful little creatures and its great to see them act in a completely natural way, no posing just gave them the props and let them do their stuff.
All in all I came away with over 3k images so be prepared to take lots of cards and batteries, you will need them, cant wait to bo back and will do in the autumn, If you havent visited then get booking, you wont regret it.
Thanks Dean
Diane Green
19/07/2018 - 05:16
Fantastic day with Dean and all the critters! The harvest mice are so endearing and Dean obviously cares about them a great deal. The photo ops are abundant - even a child could get some good pictures here! The set-up for the bird photography at the woodland pool is very attractive and you can get some lovely reflections. Iím taking many good pics back to Canada and hope to return for another visit!
David Green
17/07/2018 - 19:31
Had a great morning session at Dean's hide.
My first visit at this location and won't be my last.
From the off many different species soon arrived, Male and Female Bullfinches,Juvenile Jays,Woodpeckers,Nuthatches to name but a few.
Even caught a glimpse of the elusive Sparrowhawk with a bluetit in it's claws.

Some top pictures had from the reflection pool. Great work on the hide and look forward to you future projects.

Highly recommended.
Thanks again
Jenny
17/07/2018 - 13:28
The fact that this was my third time at Deanís hides probably says it all Ė it really is a fabulous way to spend a day. This time I found myself with an unexpected day free and asked Dean if he had any space at short notice. Luckily there was a harvest mouse session available and I spent the most enjoyable couple of hours watching their antics as they ran and climbed all over each other and the flowers I had brought. As always Dean was kind and helpful with advice on how to get the best from my camera so I could get some super photos. Iím not sure I can wait for my next visit!
Simon Dando
14/07/2018 - 15:10
Just spent a glorious morning in the Dorset countryside with Dean and Steph and can I say thanks for ruining my weekend! I have so many wonderful photos that I now have to spend weeks processing them. The harvest mice workshop is an absolute delight and these little creatures are an absolute joy. So full of character and so photogenic. The two hours flew by and their love for their little friends is highly evident. Dean and Steph and incredibly friendly and made me feel so welcome. Be prepared and take plenty of batteries and memory cards because you will use them. A fantastic morning which is highly recommended. Thanks Dean and Steph and Iíll be coming back soon.
Dave Wasdell
14/07/2018 - 11:02
Dean thanks once again for a fabulous day out in your hides. This was the third time that i have visited and it will most certainly not be the last. The variety of birds is one of the main benefits of visiting this hide.
Dean is a true professional looking after his mice and providing a superb reflection hide form where it is a pleasure to photograph.
My thanks for a great day out and you can rest assured that we will be back.
Very highly recommended
Marcus Clark
12/07/2018 - 22:37
I booked the combination day which was an amazing experience!

The reflections pool was fantastic - so many different visitors: woodpeckers, bullfinches, blue-tits, jays, robin and others and there was even a brief visit by a sparrow hawk.
The hide & pool have been really well thought out (comfortable seats, gas stove & kettle, food hidden out of shot, etc) all of which help make it really easy to take natural shots even if you havenít got very much experience in wildlife photography.
Iíve not visited that many hides, but when I have, Iíve generally got bored waiting for something to happen and the wildlife is usually so far away that you need a really, really long lens (500mm+) to get a decent image that fills the frame but here the wildlife is literally right in front of the hide so that isnít a problem and the almost constant stream of wildlife visiting meant that I wasnít waiting around for ages for something to happen.

The field mice were adorable and again the setup was fantastic, allowing me to get just inches from them without them being bothered by my presence. They seemed quite happy to pose for photos and itís obvious that they are well looked after and cared for. The way the enclosure is set up with a gazebo above to give a nice diffused light as well as protect both mice & photographers from the elements if the weather isnít so good is another example of the thought that Dean has put into these workshops to give the best experience for photographers.

Dean is very warm & friendly & gave plenty of tips & advice to get the best looking shots but also happy to sit back with Steph to let me get on with taking photographs.

If youíre booking the combination day then I would definitely recommend you bring enough memory cards & batteries to last the day Ė I filled both my 32Gb cards!....It may take me some time to work through all the images, but once I have, Iíll be booking a return visit!

Highly recommended!
Vanessa Linda
12/07/2018 - 20:09
Wow, what a fabulous morning I had at the bird hide/reflection pool. I am no pro but came away with some amazing photos to be proud of. Dean made me so welcome and pointed me in the right direction with camera settings etc. The reflection pool is beautifully constructed within natural surroundings which enabled me to take some beautiful natural photos. There were numerous birds to photograph including Tits, Robins, Chaffinches, Jays, Woodpeckets and to my great excitement a male Sparrow Hawk came to visit for a short while. Thank you Dean for such a great photo opportunity. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and will definitely be booking up another session later in the year.
Diane Abbott
11/07/2018 - 20:59
A huge thank you for a wonderful couple of hours with Dean and his mice. It was quality time in the Dorset countryside with my dear friend Lorna, who loved the photography experience too. We would love to come back.
D xx
Glenn Bailes
11/07/2018 - 19:47
Spent the day with two friends at Deans hide. We had a combination day package. Dean is a delight to work with, he is ever the professional and takes great care to ensure we had a great experiance.

I can thoroughly recommend a Day trip to Deans hide. Oh and the mice are star performers. Thanks Dean. We will be back.

Glenn
Mitch Tuffill
10/07/2018 - 16:31
Today I had the pleasure of meeting Dean on one of his work shops. I don't think there are words that can praise this man enough. The whole experience is an amazing experience, he is not only the perfect host, he is very knowledgeable and there with advice should it be needed. The hide he has built is perfection, he has made it as comfortable and as practical as possible, I have come away with some stunning images just from the hide alone. The harvest mice are brilliant and equally as good and thought out as the hide. The mice are well cared for, which for me is a must, it is plain to see he loves these little mice and again is very knowledgeable about them. I would definitely go again and already looking at dates, for anyone that is thinking about doing this workshop? I recommend you do, you won't regret it I can promise you that.

Dean, many thanks for today, absolutely brilliant, and I will see you soon... Best wishes Mitch
Mike Porter
10/07/2018 - 15:04
Its been a month since I was liucky enough to do the Harvest Mice workshop and I'm still buzzing with excitement. A couple of hours or so spent in adorable company.....the mice were ok as well :-).
What a fantastic set up, what a great guy who concentrates so much on giving you the ideal photo opportunities while absolutely ensuring that his delightful mice are well cared for and left to do their own thing. Can't recommend it enough.
Georgina Adams-Stairs
10/07/2018 - 11:40
WOW WOW WOW, what a fantastic experience we had with the cutest field mice ever. Dean has provides a great opportunity to photograph these lovely creatures, great natural back drop, natural props and cute, adorable field mice. Dean was on hand to offer advice and made us both feel at ease. We both came away with shots that we are delighted with. Thank you Dean, see you in September
Roger Sutherland
10/07/2018 - 08:51
What an experience! Spent a good session with Dean photographing the Harvest Mice. These little mammals certainly keep you busy and entertained with their antics. Dean is very helpful giving excellent advice on settings etc to ensure you get some good shots. A session at Deans Reflection Pool will be next.
sue reynolds
09/07/2018 - 20:58
Had a fantastic afternoon with Dean and Steph taking photos of Harvest Mice a very nice couple with a great 'can do' attitude nothing is too much trouble for them and the Harvest Mice are just adorable when i am near there i definitely will go again
Carolyn Valentine
08/07/2018 - 21:56
I had the most wonderful time yesterday at the Harvest Mouse workshop with both of you Dean and Steph. I was so looking forward to it but just a little apprehensive I might not get good shots, but thanks to your patience and guidance with my camera settings, after checking last night when I got home, I am really pleased with my images. I thank you both for the workshop, I had a great time.
Simon Dibble
07/07/2018 - 20:45
A fantastic experience with beautiful surroundings and a knowledgeable gent. Thank you very much Dean. Anybody that has a passion for wildlife, will take away some great memories and images. I will be back.
Lorna Corp
07/07/2018 - 18:10
Had a fantastic time with Dean yesterday at a Harvest Mouse session. I had never used anything other than auto and came away with some fantastic pics of the cute little critters. I was a bit concerned beforehand but within minutes we were totally at ease. Highly recommend it. We will definitely be going back. Dean was great.
Ruth Lochrie
06/07/2018 - 20:18
I was so excited when I found out about this workshop. I had the most therapeutic and relaxing time photographing the birds and the harvest mice. Dean was so knowledgable regarding the birds and the mice and their well being. He was also very knowledgeable about camera settings enabling me to get the best possible shots from my camera. I would highly recommend and would love to travel down again some day soon :) Thank you so much Dean!
Sharon Bolt
05/07/2018 - 20:38
For the second time in just over a week, I have just spent another wonderful afternoon in deepest Dorset at Dean Mason's wildlife workshops. Not there for the Harvest Mice but this time to photograph birds at the reflection pool and it was amazing. I saw Woodpecker, Blue Tit, Gold Finch, Bull Finch, Jay, Starling, Swallow, Linnet, Dunnock, a personal favourite the Nuthatch and oh so many more and I just have to mention a very cheeky and loveable squirrel. I had the hide entirely to myself and it was one of the most exhilarating, relaxing and joyful four hours I've spent for a very long time. Thank you Dean was more than I could have imagined.
Karen Gilks
04/07/2018 - 19:33
Wow Wow Wow i attended the Harvest mouse workshop and the reflection pool today, i am totally blown away by it all, the harvest mouse workshop was amazng and the little mice are far smaller than i though, they no bigger than my thumb. Dean was perfect putting me completely at ease and there to answer any questions i had. The passion Dean has for wildlife in these workshops shines through, the workshops are held in woodland and the only thing you can hear is the beautiful wildlife and the click of your camera zillions of times. I am still so excited from today and will definately be back, Everything about today exceeded my expections a thousand times over. From the tiny harvest mice, to the woodpecker, the jays, the young blue tits and the naughty squirrel it really is a wildlife lovers dream. Many thanks for everything Dean :)
Rosemary Geary
03/07/2018 - 22:27
Had the most amazing morning photographing such sweet little harvest mice. I am thrilled with the images I came away with, using my Canon Powershot SX60 bridge camera. Thank you Dean for your guidance and kindness, and for a truly memorable experience.
MARK BALDRY
03/07/2018 - 17:54
Spent a fantastic day doing the combination reflection pool & Harvest Mice workshop, so much hard work & effort has gone into making a perfect & natural environment to observe & photograph the wildlife that continually turns up around the reflection pool, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Jay & many more.. Then off to see those beautiful little acrobats.. the Harvest Mice, always cared for with the utmost respect & never handled, the only posing done is of their own free will to climb the natural props.. Just a perfect day that is always ensured by Dean in his dedication to detail & passion for wildlife enabling us to view such beauty.. can't thank you enough for always making visits days that will never be forgotten..
Jaqueline Patel
02/07/2018 - 09:07
Another perfect day with the harvest mice. Great to catch up with Dean and Steff.
Dean as usual has everything set up to make sure you get the best photo and always very helpful if you are stuck with the camera too.
Weather was fab too
Lisa and les
01/07/2018 - 16:14
Just finished a another great day out at the wildlife hide. Dean and steph are very friendly and welcoming.
The hide is very well equipped .
Lots of birds arrived throughout the day. Including jays,bullfienches,woodpeckers and different kinds of tits.
Will be booking again very soon.
For a great day out book with Dean mason. You will not be disppointed.
Lisa and les
Sharon Bolt
29/06/2018 - 20:44
I loved Dean's Harvest Mouse workshop this afternoon. Dean's care and love for these wonderful beings is evident in everything he does. It was a fantastic experience which exceeded all of my expectations and now that I know what to expect, I just can't wait to come back. I'm looking through my images now and have a huge smile on my face. Thank you Dean for being the most perfect host, complete with mugs of tea.
anne whiteley
29/06/2018 - 17:14
Thank you Dean for such a marvellous day in the woodland hide yesterday and with the delightful Harvest Mice.so enjoyable.We were impressed by the attention to detail in the facilities you provide for guest photographers and your professional respect for nature. The Birds put on a great show in their regular feeding and the extensive variety of visiting species. The young Starlings entertained us as they squabbled and splashed in the pool and the nervous Jays became more confident towards the end of the session. The Bullfinches were frequent visitors and one Siskin appeared.We thought that the hot weather might deter the birds however with the hide so close to ancient woodland they were untroubled by the heat. It all exceeded our expectations and your genial and friendly hospitality and helpful advice made for a happy and relaxing day. A big thank you and we will be back.
Anne,Jane and Malcolm
Peter & Liza Paisley
29/06/2018 - 09:49
We booked the combination day and a fabulous day it was. Started with the reflection pool and a seemingly endless procession of birds, beautiful bullfinches, woodpeckers, coal, great and blue tits, starlingsÖ..Then the highlight for us, the harvest mouse session. Wonderfully photogenic little creatures and so well cared for my Dean. For the last session back to the pool and what else, only a visit by the sparrowhawk.

Excellent set up and facilities and well organised by Dean.
Eric Browett
28/06/2018 - 07:49
Great session with Dean and the harvest mice. Two hours just flew by. Set up is great and the mice are wonderfully entertaining and engaging. Dean is really helpful.
Looking forward to returning to try the reflection pool in the near future.
Andrzej Tony Pokusinski
27/06/2018 - 19:05
What a fantastic day!! It was less than 3 weeks ago that I was here photographing the Harvest Mice, couldn't wait to return.

Brilliant set up, everything you will ever need is located in the hide. 2 x Gimball's and plates, comfortable chairs, tea, coffee, milk, kettle, stove and even a toilet just outside the Hide.

You will not be disappointed with all the different species of Birds that visit and feed , within feet of the hide.

I was sad when it was time to go, but planning a 3rd visit very soon.

Which session do I recommend?..........BOTH!!

Thank you Dean for your help and hospitality.
Fiona Brims
27/06/2018 - 01:13
We decided to book into Deans Harvest Mice workshop while we were on holiday in Cornwall. Its a pretty long way from Scotland.so it was an ideal opportunity. and we were NOT disappointed. it was everything i had hoped it would be and a LOT more. The morning just flew in, and we both went away more than happy. Can't wait to go back.!
Sheelagh Cooke
26/06/2018 - 22:08
Have kept an eye on Deans Facebook page for a while and visiting his hide and taking pictures has been on the bucket list for a while. We booked a combination day and Dean met us at the local pub and was waiting for us, though we were a little late. The day exceeded my expectations. Dean is knowledgable and has built a comfortable facility. The reflection pool was busy with a great variety of birds. The Harvest mice are captivating and such good fun. Such a magical day that I would highly recommend. I have not had a chance to view all my images but I took a couple of thousand and am sure there are a few I will be able to use. Hoping to return in the future. Thank you so much Dean for such a positive experience.
Lyn Parkes
26/06/2018 - 19:56
Another amazing day with Dean and Steph. Our second visit and we still want to come back for more.

Dean and Steph are very knowledgeable about their subjects whether birds or mice, we always learn something new.

The sets are well thought out with the photographer in mind, you simply canít fail to take fantastic photos, whether itís the harvest mice or the hide with reflection pool,your shots will have the WOW factor, and the visitor photos on this site are testimony itself.

Two fantastic hosts, great value for money and none stop tea and coffee.

Thankyou both for a fab day, see you both soon.
Mike Boss
26/06/2018 - 18:15
I really canít recommend these workshops enough. I used the Field Mouse workshop today and it is a fantastic setup.
Firstly the communication with Dean leading up to the day was great and he was very quick to answer any questions that I had. Itís a beautiful location seemingly in the middle of nowhere yet very easy to find, park etc.
Throughout the workshop Dean was extremely helpful when called upon yet at the same time would leave you to do what you wanted as well. Clearly very knowledgable and a great photographer, he was able to offer lots of good advice (and anecdotes throughout the afternoon!).
The field mice were clearly well looked after and very cute looking in amongst an excellent range of backgrounds and branches etc
Thoroughly recommended
Marc Williamson
26/06/2018 - 17:57
Hi Dean,

Thankyou for a great day yesterday. The position of your new reflection pool couldn't be better, the natural background makes for some great images. There was a constant visit of birds all day despite the heat!! The variety of birds was brilliant, including a pair of Bull Finch's which were a first for me, and a visit from the male Sparrow Hawk was a surprise. I also have some great shots of the adult Jay drinking as well as the juvenile Blue Tits bathing.

The Harvest mice were great fun as always, with explosions of activity then sleep because of the heat. I thought the new position for photographing the mice is a winner giving a variety of backgrounds, it keeps you on your toes with the different lighting conditions.

Thanks again Dean, I am looking forward to coming back soon.
Laura Goode
25/06/2018 - 12:42
What a fantastic day! Dean has got his set-up spot on and definitely has the needs of photographers at the forefront of his mind. As someone who has little experience of photographing birds, I was a bit alarmed when Dean siad he wouldn't be sitting with me in the hide. However, it was the best thing he could have done. After some quick advice about settings, I was left to fully concentrate on what I was doing, safe in the knowledge that he was always at the end of a walkie talkie. I came away with some great images and lots more confidence to try again!

And as for the harvest mice... utterly adorable!! Clearly well looked after and not handled at all. It's obvious Dean loves them to bits. They are so characterful and funny, I have been smiling all the way through my editing.

Thanks again Dean. I will definitely be back!
Kevin Hatfield
23/06/2018 - 18:00
Dean, Thank you for an amazing day at your wonderful woodland reflection pool hide. Cassandra really enjoyed her first "serious" photography day and as usual I had a marvellous day. I have thousands of images to review and will post a few on the usual channels soon, so that people can see what an amazing experience you offer at your stunning hide, thank you for a great day.
John Hankin
19/06/2018 - 08:47
Annah Ross on 12th June says it all about her fourth visit .Dean is a great host, helpful but not intrusive, anxious only to make sure you have the best time possible. This combination day was a lifetime photo highlight for me - right up there with a day on Bass Rock with the Gannets.
Louise Russell
18/06/2018 - 18:56
A five star rating for the combination day workshop does not seem high enough! I had a wonderful day with both the birds, harvest mice and of course Dean and Steph. The bird hide was one of the most comfortable hides Iíve used with the added bonus of unlimited coffee! The problem was pulling myself away from the hide window to make the coffee. The harvest mice are ethically looked after and not handled at all. The harvest mice time went by so quickly, I was fascinated by their individual characteristics. Back to the hide where I spent the afternoon, watching and photographing Jays, Woodpeckers, Nuthatch, Great Tits, Blue Tits and being late spring all the fledgling birds. A totally amazing day that I will never forget. I can not recommend this workshop enough. Simply perfect.
Jennifer Branch
18/06/2018 - 17:36
Jenny 18/6/18

I recently did two workshops at Deans wonderful Windows on Wildlife setup. First morning with the harvest mice, they were amazing, accommodating and very cute. The following afternoon I spent 4 magical hours at the reflection pool, but could quite easily have stayed all day with such a wide variety of birds to capture, what an amazing experience.

Dean and Steph were both welcoming and friendly and really put me at my ease.
The area is beautiful and set around ancient woodland, away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, I will definitely go back some time as I loved every minute.

Thank you Dean and Steph xx
Jenny
18/06/2018 - 13:04
This was my second trip to Deanís hide and I chose to do the combi day with the relfection pool and harvest mice workshop Ė I can honestly say it was one of the most enjoyable days ever! Forget spa days Ė this is the ultimate in relaxation and enjoyment! The reflection pool was full of birds (and a cheeky squirrel) all day Ė jays, blue tits, greenfinches, great tits, bullfinches, and lots more. Watching the blue tit fledglings being fed and bathing was such a joy and then the mice Ė they were so tiny and comical, I could have watched them all day. I came back with over two thousand photos and although Iím a beginner they look amazing. Dean and Steph were incredibly friendly and helpful Ė they obviously love what they do and I canít wait for my next visit.
Andrzej Tony Pokusinski
15/06/2018 - 18:45
Fantastic! What an experience! I had to pinch myself as it felt unreal. I really was there taking photographs of Harvest Mice.
Feeling a little uneasy at first, Dean soon made me feel relaxed and let me get on with the photography. He doesn't interfere, unless you have a question to ask he is always at hand to reply.
The mice were so cute and comical and a pleasure to photograph. (2 grown men in a field laughing......very therapeutic.).
What a relaxing morning, with teas and coffees provided, even a porta-loo outside.
I was quite sad when the session came to a close, but came away with some lovely memories and photographs!
I got back to reality the following morning. Missing the experience, I decided to get in touch with Dean and booked the 'Reflection Pool' for a later date.
I can't thank Dean enough for his patience, expertise and welcome.
Anyone reading this review......just do it and book, you will be amazed.!
See you soon Dean!
Andy Dunn
15/06/2018 - 17:44
Just a fantastic day. I went on the combination day, and the whole experience was just worthwhile, and am so glad I did it.

Just watching and taking plenty of pictures around the reflection pool from the hide was so relaxing and interesting - watching the many species of small birds visiting. You have no choice of what birds will oblige to visit the pool, plus a pesky squirrel! You will not be disappointed.

Also included in the day was harvest mice which is quite a contrast and another experience to take some good shots in natural light.

Then to conclude the day, back to the hide to continue with the bird shots.

Dean was very supportive and great with the mice. He made me very relaxed and just left me to get on with taking pictures, so you need to be familiar with your camera to get the most out of the day.

Hints - ensure to bring something to eat with you, as it is a long day. Dean kindly offers tea and coffee at the hide, and water if need be.

Make sure you have sufficient fully charged batteries and empty storage card with good capacity, as I can guarantee you will take lots of photos.

Make sure you have a good camera with a good telephoto lens, plus it is beneficial to have a macro for the harvest mice.

If you are wanting a good varied photographic experience, I thoroughly recommend to consider the combination day. You won't be disappointed.

Thank you for all you provided Dean to make this day possible, and also all the little things you included to make the day even better.
Derrick & Jenny
15/06/2018 - 12:00
Memorable morning spent with Dean and his Harvest Mice. We found them fascinating and amusing little creatures. Dean provided everything we needed, including coffee. Can not wait to return to use the Reflection Pool Hide.
Jenny and Derrick
15/06/2018 - 11:46
We spent a memorable morning with Dean and his amazing mice. Every care was taken to make sure we had everything needed and we canít wait to go again, and this time take in the reflection pool.
Geoff Read
13/06/2018 - 16:37
My first recommended visit and I was not disappointed,great hide with all you will need,Dean is an amazing and passionate host for which nothing was too much trouble,stunning Bullfinches,woodpeckers and so many smaller species in abundance,I will certainly be back for more.
Lyn
13/06/2018 - 08:45
I had a very enjoyable morning at Dean's woodland hide and reflection pool earlier this week. I saw a lot of different species of birds and I was really pleased to take some photos of blue tit fledglings taking a bath. The 4 hour session gives you plenty of time to practise using different settings on the camera too. Dean is very welcoming and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.
Annah Ross
12/06/2018 - 19:03
This is my fourth visit to the reflection pool and I have also done the harvest mice workshop. Iíll be booking another visit in the near future!

If you have not been before then you are in for a treat. The hide has been brilliantly made up with all mod cons including tea and coffee facilities, and even a portaloo outside!

The reflection pool is fantastic with lots of different (tasteful) props around which add colour and interest to your photographs. You can also bring your own props. There are a couple of different seating positions inside the hide which means you get different angles and backgrounds to your photographs. I love the fact that this is genuinely at the edge of a field so some of my photographs have got the outline of a tree in the background and others with the field.

If any of my friends are reading this then Iíd like to point out that my stunning photographs are all down to fantastic photographic ability .... however the reality is that you really canít not get stunning photos from this experience! It is also really nice that you have the time to have a little play in changing the shutter speed and aperture etc, which gives you different photographs but also allows you to learn from the experience.

On this visit I saw siskens, chaffinches, robins, blue tits, great tits, marsh tits, bluejays, starlings, woodpeckers, blackbirds, nuthatches, bullfinches, and a squirrel! The blue tits and starlings were being fed by mum and dad and most of the birds went in for a bath or drink which was gorgeous to watch! Thank you Steph and Dean.
Paul Stone
12/06/2018 - 14:48
I attended one of the Harvest Mice shoots yesterday with a friend of mine. We had an excellent couple of hours shooting these lovely creatures. I completely lost track of time & was very surprised when our visit came to an end. I would without doubt recommend anyone to attend one of these shooting session which are excellent value for money.
Sarah
11/06/2018 - 20:44
Thank you, Dean for a great couple of hours with your harvest mice. I may not have got the shot of the year but I had such fun, you canít fail to giggle at the little creatures antics!
Thanks for all the pointers.
Lovely to meet Steph too,
Sarah
Elizabeth Jubb
11/06/2018 - 19:55
A friend and I spent a wonderful day photographing Dean's endearing harvest mice. We weren't sure what to expect but were immediately put at our ease and things more than met our expectations. Throughout our session, Dean changed props to add variety to our shots and Steph kept us watered. A big thank you to both for a memorable day.
Brian and Pauline Godwin
09/06/2018 - 19:01
We have just spent the most amazing day at Deans hide
It Was one of the most therapeutic days I think I have ever had
Nothing was to much trouble for Dean and his lovely wife
Reflection pool offered fantastic photographic opportunities regardless of your photographic skill level
Mice were just amazing we have some really lovely shots
Cannot recommend highly enough
We will most certainly be back
John & Tracy Langley
08/06/2018 - 21:29
We thoroughly enjoyed our second visit to Deanís site to photograph the harvest mice. Our first visit was brilliant, so when we were in the area again we jumped at the chance of another day. Once again we had a tremendous session. Because of the change of season Dean provided a whole new set of props which gave us lots of fresh opportunities. Dean is very friendly and eager to help you achieve the images you have in mind. Of equal importance, the mice are well cared for, handled gently and seem to enjoy exploring the props. Top marks.
Gemma Burden
08/06/2018 - 21:00
Today was my second visit to Deans, and yet again I have had a fantastic time. I would definetely recommend that anyone who loves wildlife photography visits him, regardless of their experience. The reflection pool is perfect for anyone wanting to gain experience as the birds come back so frequently that you get plenty of chances to make sure that you have your camera set up properly and to experiement. The large range of birds that visit means that you definetely wont get bored, and you will get a lovey variety of photos. The harvest mice are adorable, and Dean has a great variety of props for them to climb over, so you will get a really nice selection of photos. I cant recommend this enough, and I will definetely be returning for another visit in the future.
Vanessa Owen
08/06/2018 - 11:10
Had a wonderful morning photographing harvest mice at
Dean Masons workshop. He is so kind and helpful with good advice. There are chairs and hot drinks and also a portaloo and he has put a great deal of planning and development into his workshops which really shows. He also has a really good attitude towards making sure the customer is comfortable and gets the best out of their session above his own financial rewards. He is also very encouraging and supportiveWell done Dean and thank you so much, will be back to do the bird hide soon I hope!
Heather Digweed
06/06/2018 - 10:30
I went back to photograph the harvest mice yesterday, this was my 2nd visit. 1st visit was a combination day, this one just 2 hours with the gorgeous mice, already planning to do the reflection pool in September.
Dean is a really great guy & everything is lovely, the hide is well setup with a lovely reflection pool & tea/coffee & facilities on hand. The mice are absolutely gorgeous to photograph.
Kirsty Attrill
05/06/2018 - 22:41
I had a fantastic day today. Sitting in the hide, with only bird sounds around. Watching and photographing birds of various types. Some of which I'd never seen before.
I also photographed the very cute harvest mice, which was a first for me.
Dean was a fabulous host, in an amazing setting.
sonja vlug
05/06/2018 - 19:52
Dear Dean and Steph, Thank you for my beautiful day with the harvest mice. Your welcome was very friendly with coffee or tea. Mine was cold because when I see the mice start the fotosession and couldn,t stop anymore. Your scene is beautiful and the mice full of confidence. They also enjoy. When I am back in England I certainly will come again. Kind regards to you both.
Philip Petrou
03/06/2018 - 11:47
Again Deanís never fails to provide the opportunity for any photographers of any level to achieve great photos when visiting his hides or workshop. His wildlife knowledge, the hides, setup and his guidance is top notch.
I spent a couple of hours with his harvest mice a couple of weeks ago which was such fun.
Thanks Dean, great to see you again
Jean Haines
02/06/2018 - 08:39
I would like to thank Dean for an amazing day,
It was a great learning experience especially with the Harvest mice climbing over different props,
and at the reflection pool there were many opportunities to take pictures of birds that I have rarely seen,
I would recommend this to everyone intrested in wildlife so
thank you again and look forward to my next visit
Ruth Hayton
25/05/2018 - 18:08
We've had a fabulous time at both the reflection hide and the harvest mice. The set up is excellent but more importantly Dean puts the welfare of the subjects first. I can't recommend it enough and am already thinking about when to make a return visit.
Sarah Williams
24/05/2018 - 13:50
My birthday gift from family this year was a combination day experience with Dean. What a wonderful gift! Dean was fantastic from the moment I contacted him. I have mobility problems and Dean worked with me and the land owners where the workshops are held to get me the best access possible. I was able to come with my husband as my carer/helper. The mice were delightful! I really enjoyed chatting with Dean about his conservation work with these wonderful little animals. I'm thrilled with the images that I captured and it was a pleasure to watch how Dean works with them in such a natural and considerate manner. We spent the afternoon in the hide watching the comings and goings at the reflection pool. What a fantastic setup! Dean makes it so easy for you to set up comfortably with camera on a gimbal, a stove for tea or coffee and a toilet on site. It was such a joy to see the greenfinches that I no longer have in my area. Adults were busy with a brood of juveniles. There were two pairs of beautiful bullfinches! What a treat. Twelve species of bird visitors in just a few hours was quite amazing. Can't wait to book in again! I would thoroughly recommend these workshops to lovers of wildlife and keen photographers. If you have any disabilities Dean will work with you to try to make the workshops as accessible as possible and I can't thank him enough for that.
Emma Port
23/05/2018 - 14:00
Yesterday morning I spent 2 hours with the wonderful harvest mice. It was amazing the mice are so cute and playful and I have come home with lots of fantastic images of them playing on the stems and flowers. I absolutely Loved it and would definitely recommend Deanís workshops to everyone in fact I will be going back again. The whole experience was amazing and really made my day! Dean is very friendly and has a gone to a lot of trouble to make sure that the experience is enjoyed by his visitors. Whatís more the welfare of his mice is very important to him and this shows in the way he runs the workshop. Wildlife in general is his passion and he installs this enthusiasm into you. Sorry for rambling on but if was AMAZING I highly recommend. 😁
Neil Partridge
21/05/2018 - 17:52
Dean has put a lot of thought into his hide setup and the harvest mice. It is as good and comfortable as Ive experienced and it is reflected in the variety and quality of photos you achieve whilst you are there. Thanks for a great day Dean.
Melanie Symes
18/05/2018 - 17:41
This week I visited Dean Masons reflection pool hide. The hide is great with all the home comforts, hot drink making, comfy seats and a loo! Lots of birds coming to the pool for nearly the 4hours I was there, plenty of props for photographic variety. Dean was very helpful and friendly I would highly recommend his hides.
Wayne McGregor
17/05/2018 - 13:56
Just got back from an amazing experience with Dean and the Harvest Mice. It was an absolute privilege to see these little mice running around and having fun climbing up the props. They are obviously very well looked after and Dean was warm and welcoming. The whole thing was such an awesome experience and I would very highly recommend Dean to anyone who's thinking of giving this a try. I took my wife and Daughter along to watch and they loved it too. I'll be back for more, no doubt.
John Lewis
16/05/2018 - 17:08
Great morning spent a poolside hide. Very impressed with professional set up and friendliness of Dean. He really is keen to make your photography experience a good one. We were blessed with great bullfinch and great spotted woodpecker activity. Will be booking again.
Heather Digweed
14/05/2018 - 16:24
I went to Deanís Windows on Wildlife last Thursday. I had a brilliant day, Dean makes you feel so at ease. I did 2 hours at the reflection pool, which is really well set up with plenty of woodland birds flying in & out. There were Woodpecker, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Nuthatch to name just a few. I then done 2 hours with the tiny little field mice, they are great little characters, I got some lovely photos. I then went back to the reflection pool for the afternoon. I thoroughly enjoyed the day & hope to go back soon.
I have just booked another Harvest Mice session in June.
Stan and Dee Maddams
13/05/2018 - 18:49
Had another fantastic afternoon with the Harvest mice. They were lively little things and we came away with amazing pictures. Dean's set up is undoubtably the best location to get close and photograph these lovely creatures out in open against a natural background. Thanks to Dean and Steph for all their help yet again. We would not hesitate to recommend this.
Phil James
12/05/2018 - 18:12
I have previously visited Dean's reflection pool hide and had a great time. I decided to return to attempt the harvest mice. It was a great few hours with plenty of varied photo opportunities
Debbie and Kyle Matthews
10/05/2018 - 07:26
It was a brilliant morning Kyle and i had a Amazing time came out with some fantastic Photos. We want to come back. I would recomend it to anyone. Dean and his wife Stef are really friendly People that make you feel at easy. Expecally with Kyle how is new to Photography. He Took best Photo of the day.
Ken Taylor
09/05/2018 - 22:19
Spent a superb day with Dean at his Harvest Mice Workshop. Thanks Dean, can't recommend the experience highly enough. Great host.
Paul Fine
09/05/2018 - 21:38
Thank you Dean for another wonderful day at your amazing harvest mice workshop.. if anyone is looking for a great opportunity to photograph these beautiful creatures Dans workshops are a must , a truly fabulous day with a great passionate host 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
rob & michelle dolton
06/05/2018 - 18:40
This visit to the harvest mice with Dean and Steph was a joint birthday present to ourselves. We were a little nervous but they both made us feel completely at ease straight away. We were taken to the place where we would photograph the mice and what pleased us was the care and attention they gave to them, assuring that the welfare of the animals took precedent over anything else. The time flew by and Dean and Steph were on hand to ensure we were well looked after throughout. We will be coming back for sure, it is so refreshing to find someone who is so happy to share his passion with others.
Rosemary Locock
06/05/2018 - 18:37
Another great visit to Dean's reflection pool hide. Easily the best hide we have ever been in for construction, quality and comfort and plenty of refreshments on offer. Plenty of woodland bird visits and a great variety too. Dean and Steph are fabulous people , really down to earth and are always willing to make the experience special. We will certainly be returning and would highly recommend this set up to our photography buddies. Thanks Dean and Steph.
CHRISTINE WHIFFEN
06/05/2018 - 15:10
This is my third trip to Dean's "place"....once to the Woodland Hide and twice to the Harvest Mice. This time it was the turn of the adorable harvest mice. I went on Thursday 3rd May, 2018. Dean is just such a nice guy.....so helpful, caring and listens to you when you ask something and always gives you his full attention if you need help. The mice were full of antics, always doing something different. The props he supplies are in keeping with what you are trying to achieve in your photograph. I would recommend everybody who hasn't been to go and if you have been, to go back. I certainly will keep popping down to Dorset. Maybe a combi-day the next time. Thank you Dean.
Michael Charles Maidment
04/05/2018 - 12:28
Thank you for a wonderful day photographing Harvest Mice & birds at the reflection pool. i have been a long time sorting out the best pictures from the many I took. They all seem to be great!! Thanks again. Michael
Ian Austin
02/05/2018 - 16:35
My 4th visit to Deanís set-up, while my partner was on her 3rd visit, and it just gets better and better with each time. Dean has provided a first class set-up and is on hand, with the delightful Steph, to welcome and guide you so, even if you are a novice, you will be able to go away with some terrific images.
We decided to go for a combi day this time and it was worth every penny Ė over 2 hours in the hide to start with, followed by a couple of hours with the mice and then a return to the hide.
The number of visits and the variety of birds that visit the woodland pool are incredible, with the natural backgrounds providing beautiful colour, while the harvest mice once again delighted us with their antics.
Weíve both come away with some stunning photoís but I could quite happily just sit and watch the activity Ė I can thoroughly recommend all of the sessions that are offered and weíre already planning another trip for September.
Ian Austin & Kathy Axford
MARK & PETER JEFFERY
29/04/2018 - 22:17
We spent a fantastic day last Thursday (26th April) Dean has superb set up with the bird hide and the mice where lovely little guys to photograph, it was definately well worth the trip from Torquay, the day went so quickly, we had so much fun and will be returning soon.
Thank you very much Dean we had a great day.
michelle
26/04/2018 - 08:55
Well, what can I say. My long awaited visit to Dean's Harvest Mice workshop was everything I anticipated and more.

I spent a fabulous afternoon in the beautiful Dorset countryside photographing these petit mice whilst Dean advised and directed (when required) from the sidelines.

I had been told I could take any props I wanted if I had a specific shot in mind then apart from handling the mice or putting props in place I was pretty much left to my own devises. I'm happy to say the shot I had in mind worked out a treat.

Star of the show was Dean, who made the whole experience a joy. He was helpful and informative, passing on his photographic knowledge and recommendations for other photography opportunities.

I could continue to 'wax lyrical' but you need to go and experience it for yourselves, can't recommend him highly enough.

I will certainly be going back for a full day to take in more mice shots and visit his reflection pool hide.
Ron Allin
25/04/2018 - 22:45
An excellent and enthralling day spent at Dean's pool with many photo opportunities, comfortable seats and a well set up hide with tea and coffee facilities. Bookings are on the increase and I'm not surprised. Highly recommended.
Ray and Annie Pickering
25/04/2018 - 17:40
Annie bought me the harvest mouse and reflections pool voucher for my Christmas present. She bought one for herself to 'keep me company'.
I'm just a beginner at photography and wasn't sure what to expect but imagined some expert at my elbow all day castigating me for my lack of knowledge. Far from it. Dean was helpful and down to earth and didn't mind answering questions on settings and technique. Once we were esconced in the comfy hide by the pool he left us to it for a while. We managed some great shots of rarely seen birds - particularly the pair of Bullfinches. Then came the Harvest mice. Two hours sped by seemingly in seconds but later at home we confirmed we had some fantastic shots. To crown it all we had a visit in the field from a wild Harvest mouse and Annie has a photograph of it climbing over Dean's boot!
A brilliant day out and I'd recommend it to anyone expert or beginner.

Thank you very much Dean. We'll be back.
Colin Mill
25/04/2018 - 14:54
Another fantastic visit to Dean and the harvest mice, this time with the added beauty of the birds and the reflective pool.
6 hours sat in silence watching the little beauties playing and feeding. Heaven!
Once again Dean was a great host, although he pretty much left me alone in the hide to enjoy the solitude.
Wonder when I can go back........
Christine Duncan
25/04/2018 - 11:45
I did not really know what to expect but I was excited about being able to photograph birds and harvest mice at close quarters in their natural environment. I was not disappointed. It is a fantastic set-up and Dean is really nice guy and very helpful. A real bonus was being able to observe and photograph birds that I had never seen before. I had a super day and it is an experience that I look forward to repeating in the near future.
Peter Biggs
22/04/2018 - 13:22
I received a voucher to attend the Field mouse workshop for Christmas, what a fantastic present it turned out to be. I visited this week and was really impressed by the knowledge Dean had built up of Field mice. and the compassion he shows for his little stars. I came away with some beautiful images from the day...Highly recommended.
Brian P Slade & Jonny Cox
21/04/2018 - 00:20
I can honestly recommend a visit to Dean's wonderful reflection pool & Harvest Mice workshop...PERIOD. If like me, you have a passion for wildlife & photography then you are not going to be disappointed
.Firstly, your host Dean is an extremely passionate man when it comes to photography and wildlife. His eye for detail in reference to the hide set up and reflection pool is second to none and is only too willing to help you get the very best out of your day.
Considering it was a beautiful warm sunny day, the birds kept appearing at the hide in abundance. The Bullfinches (male & female) were frequent throughout the day and were the stars of the show in my opinion. The Nuthatch was another frequent visitor who's various postures were amazing to see. It was fantastic to see the Nuthatch actually jamming sunflower seeds into crevices for them to be hammered at with it's powerful bill. The Tit gang were abundant throughout the day minus The long Tailed Tits who sadly failed to make the party....and it was Jon's birthday today. One big surprise visitor was a stunning Male Pheasant who wanted to get in on the act but we decided it was best to move him on from the pool as he would probably have polished most, if not all of the food in one sitting. Another memorable moment was seeing possibly the prettiest conditioned Male Chaffinch that I've ever seen....Simply stunning!!! Sadly it was a day where we only saw 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker visit the area. On both occasions it was a lovely female that hit the fatball feeder which was central to our view. We did decide to move that actual feeder to the left of the pool to try and entice the GPW onto the post or the log props but sadly she was having none of it. I must add though that we constantly heard GSW and green Woodpeckers close to our quarry so we were a bit unlucky in that respect. Moving on to the mini superstars in the animal kingdom...The Harvest Mice. So much has been written about these little beauties and it's hard to imagine anybody not wanting to see or be blessed enough to actually photograph one. This was one of the main reasons why I decided to pay Dean a visit because I have never actually seen one of these species in the wild.
They are just incredible and I can fully understand why Mr & Mrs Mason are in awe of them. I actually called Dean the 'Mice Whisperer' which I thought was appropriate...lol. Also, Dean has released at least 20 of his mice back into their natural wild environment which is quite superb!

Thanks very much Dean for a wonderful experience (well appreciated).
We met you as our host but we left you as our mate....Brian P Slade & Jonny Cox April 20th 2018
Christine Taylor
20/04/2018 - 19:57
I had a super combo day at Dean's last Wednesday. The reflection pool is beautiful with a huge variety of visitors in and out all day. The mice are absolutely amazing and I loved photographing them. Dean's care for the mice is impressive and his knowledge of their behaviour ensures a really rewarding experience. The whole day was well organised and great fun. Highly recommended!
John Goodey
20/04/2018 - 19:05
Thanks Dean for a great morning at the Woodland Pool. Managed to capture some great images and loved seeing Bullfinches - can't remember last time I saw one down here. Must be one of the best hides I have been in-really comfortable. Will definitely be back and look forward to having a go at the harvest mice. Thanks again
Bob Guildford
18/04/2018 - 07:38
Thanks Dean, for a superb morning with the harvest mice, A great time photographing these little fellas, outside. The backdrops are all natural in the middle of woodland. Great location, Thanks also for all the information you gave too. will certainly be back for the reflection pool hide. Thank you again. : )
james arnold
17/04/2018 - 19:05
Hi Dean and Steph
Thank you for a really special day on Saturday with the harvest mice and the reflection pool. You have created two wonderful photography experiences for both amateurs and proffesionals and I can't wait to come again . Your hide at the reflection pool is one of the best that I have seen and you have obviously spent alot of time getting it right. I would also like to say how nice it was to have someone who really cared about the experience that his clients were having . You both deserve every success that comes your way . Thanks again , I will send you a handful of photos when I have had time to go through them properly
Graham Cridland
17/04/2018 - 17:51
Had an awesome morning spent with Dean and his harvest mice. Dean is a great guy, very friendly and willing to accommodate your wishes. The welfare of mice are his top priority. Bob and I will return for the reflection hide soon.
Thoroughly recommended.

Thanks Dean.
Mike Warrender
17/04/2018 - 13:34
Thanks Dean, had a great day with both the bird hide and the Harvest mice. Got some great shots and I will returning in the Autumn. Loved the Bullfinches in the reflection pool along with Long-tailed Tits and male & female woodpeckers.
Antonia
15/04/2018 - 20:51
Another brilliant morning spent with Dean and his gorgeous mice! Dean is always so accommodating and friendly to deal with and it's so nice to be able to photograph these adorable creatures, especially when their welfare is paramount to everything Dean does.
natural conditions, and the ability to bring your own "props" really makes for good photos, the mice loved weaving in and out of the cherry blossom I brought - such great pictures.
sadly could only stay for the morning but will be back again soon to do the reflection pool again - always something to look forward to at Dean's place!
Nigel Gidney
14/04/2018 - 18:51
There is not much you can say that hasn't already been said but to add my twopen'th....
The reflection pool hide has been extremely well though out to provide every facility for both birds and the photographer - far more than I'm used to! The birds kept coming all morning with the regular visits from bullfinches which were the highlight for me. A jay would have been nice but he kept his distance so that's just an excuse to go back again!
The hardest thing about a morning out here will be trying to whittle down the keepers...you have to start getting really picky otherwise its easy to remain in 3 figures after just 4hrs in the hide.
Really worthwhile - thank you Dean.
Nick de Cent
12/04/2018 - 18:46
My daughter and I spent a great day at the reflection pool hide with excellent opportunities to photograph woodland birds. The weather was wet for much of the day but hide was warm and cosy; the birds still showed, the colours were saturated, and the sun came out occasionally. Definitely a day well spent Ė would recommend.
Jonathan Wilkinson
09/04/2018 - 18:18
I discovered Dean's workshops via one of his previous customers' posts on Facebook in a Wildlife Photography group.

I booked myself onto one of the next available days Dean could fit me in. From the start he was amazing to deal with and to meet him in person on the day was incredible. I'd seen his work before on Country File, but didn't realise at the time that it was the same person.

Dean's passion for wildlife and wildlife photography is truly second to none and it's a real privilege to have been able to attend his workshop.

I did the combination workshop day. He met myself and my girlfriend at the pre-arranged location and then we followed him to the hide location. The weather decided to be kind, as did the birds and mice. We both came away with some amazing photos and fantastic new memories.

As other comments below say, nothing is too much trouble for Dean, and the hide and facilities there are the best I've ever experienced.

Hopefully I'll be down Dorset way again in the not too distant future, and if I am, I'll definitely be visiting Dean again.

In short - I can't recommend Dean's workshop or rate them highly enough!
Susanna Yates
09/04/2018 - 12:30
What can I say, i had the opportunity to spend my birthday at this amazing place, and it was the best birthday ever. My young nephew kept me company, and it is lovely to see him enjoying the wildlife. Dean and Steph are an inspiration and such an encouragement to him. I am already look up possible dates for a return visit!!
Mr Garry Hayball
08/04/2018 - 15:49
Dean Mason, Combination work shop day , What a lovely man to meet , nothing was too much trouble on the day, the bird hide with tea and coffee a kettle and a stove also a toilet was all laid on, the set up with reflected pool was brilliant, the harvest mice it was a little windy but you cant help the weather. With all the rain wev'e been having it was a bit muddy so welly boots needed , but for someone like Dean to help you off with muddy boots so you don't get mud all in your car, how good was that.. All in all myself and Merv had a brilliant day we would recommend any one to go to , Dean's work shops , We Will Be Going Again Soon . Thanks Dean your are a real mate ..
Stan and Dee Maddams
01/04/2018 - 20:03
A fabulous day at the Windows on Wildlife hide yesterday. As usual, Dean supplied everything needed for a successful day, from the comfortable warm hide to tea and coffee making facilities and even foot ware protection to ensure our safety in rather wetter than normal conditions. Highlights were numerous visits by both male and female bullfinches and some nice grey squirrel reflections as well
We have done both the reflection pool and harvest mice in the past and are looking forward to another mice session in a few weeks time
Daz Curtis
31/03/2018 - 11:22
Yet another fantastic visit to photograph Harvest Mice and a few hours at the Reflection Pool. A must do for anyone interested in wildlife photography.
Julie Claydon
27/03/2018 - 20:33
I spent a lovely morning photographing birds at the window on wildlife hide. The hide is very well kitted out with everything needed including a kettle and supply of tea and coffee, and a WC. The setup and the birds are absolutely amazing and some of the highlights for me were at least 4 visits from the Bull Finches and Green Finches. I hope to go back in the near future.
Jenny
26/03/2018 - 20:17
I had a fantastic morning at Dean's hide. I'm a complete beginner at DSLR photography and Dean stayed to give me tuition - he is very friendly and taught me how to set my camera up and helped me to get some amazing photos - I was absolutely delighted with them. There were so many birds that often I didn't know which way to look - long tailed tits, marsh tits, robins, great spotted woodpeckers, bull finches and many more. I loved it so much I've booked to go again in June and I can't wait!
Fiona Caskey
26/03/2018 - 19:15
Just arrived home after a great dayís photography with Dean on his combination day (woodland land pool hide and harvest mice. The day was memorable. Numerous birds at the pool and a lovely hide. It was great to be able to have coffee/tea when you want. Harvest mice photography was good. Dean truly cares for the welfare of the mice. I hope to be able to join another combination day.
Steve Miller
26/03/2018 - 19:14
Had a fantastic afternoon with the wildlife at the woodland pool hide. The hide has everything you could possibly need including gimbal heads.
The birds put on a fantastic show, and so did a squirrel!
Dean and Stef are lovely genuine people with a real passion for the wildlife. And once set up in the hide you are left to enjoy your experience. After a busy few months this was just the therapy I needed.
Janet Miles
26/03/2018 - 11:54
I had a fantastic day with Dean and Steph yesterday at windows on wildlife. I was there for the whole day, spending time with the mice and in the reflection pool hide. The mouse experience was wonderful - the love and respect Dean has for his mice was lovely to see - they truly care for these creatures, and did everything possible to enable me to get the shots I was after. Dean was genuinely pleased when the mice did what we hoped they would to get the images! The reflection pool was lovely too - very comfy and everything you need. I liked how Dean left me to enjoy the peace on my own. A truly magical day, and I will return very soon hopefully!
Kevin Hatfield
24/03/2018 - 13:00
Dean thank you for enabling a memorable photographic experience, your hide is comfortable for photographers, the Gimbal heads make it easy to track the action and you reflection pool and adjacent props are ingenious proving a wealth of artistic opportunities, all in all a fantastic way to spend photographing a large selection of our native birds, simply brilliant.
Jacqueline patel
23/03/2018 - 17:39
What a day we had, the new hide is even better than the old which was fab. Well decked out comfortable, free hot drinks and a loo. The birds came in all the time, had male and female bullfinches and a Jay. Dean his usual friendly self and very helpful to my friend who was not as confident. Will be back again soon. Canít recomend it enough
Dave Wasdell
23/03/2018 - 14:54
After photographing Deanís harvest mice last year. I decided to try the new bird hide. I was so pleased that I did. The hide itself is extremely well made, very comfortable and includes refreshments and a toilet. The shelves holding the cameras is very secure and has the arca-swiss adaptors, a very useful addition. The bird activity was amazing, a large number of different species visited very regularly, there was rarely a time when the camera was not in action. Overall a massive 10/10 for a fantastic day out and terrific value for money.
Glenn Bailes
23/03/2018 - 11:28
Had a 2nd day at Deans hide. weather was overcast. But a great day was had. The hide is one of the better hides that i have visited.
I can thoroughly recommend a day visit. I will be going back. Dean is a great host.
Sarah
22/03/2018 - 18:54
Had a great first visit! Dean is really knowledgeable and friendly and the hide is in a beautiful location. Recommend to everyone, even if like me you've never done anything like this before, you'll get some great shots and have a wonderful time.
Sue and Eric Lewis
21/03/2018 - 14:04
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the reflection pool, can certainly recommend it. Plenty of birds to photograph from a very comfortable hide. Thanks Dean.
Edward JOHNES
13/03/2018 - 18:31
Hi Dean thank's for a great day at your hide last Friday I enjoyed it very much, and I would recommend it to anyone as a very nice day, I have never seen so many birds in one please and they just kept comming all day even after the rain's came, thank you again.
Annah
12/03/2018 - 19:02
I spent the morning at the bird hide and had an absolutely fabulous time. I have been twice before but this is the first time in the Ďnewí hide. Dean and Steph have pulled out all the stops with this hide.

It rained on and off during the morning but the rain brought out the birds even more. I had so many birds visiting and going to lots of different places on the reflection pool and on the various props for so many different scenes. I say Ďpropsí but they are really tastefully done and when you see the photographs they look absolutely stunning.

All mod cons inside the hide, with tea and coffee facilities, and even a portaloo outside.

If anybody is reading this and is hesitating about going along please donít hesitate, just book! It is an absolutely fabulous experience. This is the third time Iíve visited the bird hide and Iíve also photographed the harvest mice which is equally great to do. Dean and Steph are marvellous people in their own right and really want you to have a great experience.

All that is left is for me to find another date in my diary to come back for spring!
Philip James
11/03/2018 - 17:57
Just returned from a great day at the windows on wildlife hide. An excellent day from start to finish with many opportunities to photograph our target species, Bullfinch :)
Ron Brown
09/03/2018 - 15:03
My first visit to Dean's hide yesterday (8th March). What a treat! The activity was non stop with the special treat of 20-30 visits from male Bullfinches. The hide is incredibly well equiped and 8 hours passed in a flash. Now looking forward to sorting and working on the images. Thanks Dean.
James
07/03/2018 - 19:14
Had an exceptional day today at Deanís reflection pool. I did the combo day with the harvest mice and we had great fun with his woodland scene. Dean is a great host and has an outstanding Hide Offering a wide variety of great photo opportunities. The hide is very comfortable with the added bonus of tea making facilities included inside.

The harvest mice set ups are extremely well thought out offering lots of brilliant photos whilst taking excellent care of the mice.

I canít recommend the day enough, and Iíll definitely be returning soon
Joanne Bostan
05/03/2018 - 22:47
Had another fabulous day at Dean's hide today. No shortage of photographic opportunities, the birds were constant and plentiful all day with such a variety.
Dean as always is an excellent host and always has great advice and has a vast amount of knowledge.
Thank you Dean for a superb day, will definitely be back soon.
Joanne and Steve.
Chris Butterworth
02/03/2018 - 09:47
I recently spent the day at Dean's reflection pool and also the harvest mice. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was amazed at how many birds kept popping down, included beautiful bullfinches, several species of tits, woodpecker etc. When I arrived the reflection pool was frozen which made a beautiful backdrop. After a few hours (and lots of hot coffee!), I went to photograph the harvest mice who were absolutely adorable and obviously much loved by Dean and Steph. By the time I got back to the reflection pool for an afternoon session it had defrosted and was like a mirror. It was a wonderful day and I will definitely be back there later in the year.
Christine Whiffen
25/02/2018 - 06:25
A fantastic morning in the Reflection Hide. So many different birds visiting and feeding. The bullfinches alighted to feed frequently and they are a joy to see. Lots of blue tits, great tits, dunnock, G.S. Woodpecker, LLTs, to name but a few. The pool which Dean has set up is delightful and so lifelike. This is my second trip to Deanís. The first was to photograph the Harvest Mice which was sheer delight. I will definitely go back to both and I recommend this as a must-do in your life. And Dean even supples coffee or tea.
Ian Austin
24/02/2018 - 21:29
Another successful session with Dean, this time at the reflection pool, which resulted in numerous pics that I'm absolutely delighted with.
Aside from the comfort of the '5-star' hide, Dean's passion for and knowledge of the wildlife is second to none, which makes for a terrific experience.
A lot of thought has gone into the design/construction of the hide and pool in order to provide natural backdrops for your photographs.
I would thoroughly recommend this for photographers of all abilities.
Robert Belbin
24/02/2018 - 10:50
Recently enjoyed 4 hours of photography from the Reflection Hide. The bird activity was non-stop with several visits from bullfinch, chaffinch, nuthatch, great-spotted woodpeckers, coal tits and a small flock of long-tailed tits. Great tits and blue tits were numerous. A jay was spotted in the vicinity. A day or so before it had come close enough for Dean to photograph.

The hide had been equipped with two Sevenoak gimbal heads mounted onto hide plates, so there was no need to set up a tripod. The gimbal head had an Arca-Swiss style quick release plate that provided attachment for the Arca-Swiss quick release foot on the tripod collar of my lens.

There was plenty of bird food available for me to top up the hidden crevices with nuts, seeds and suet when required. Dean suggested replenishing the food after about an hour and a half which was about the right time.

The area around the hide was very muddy (my visit was in February after a lot of rain) so wellington boots were essential.

Definitely recommended!
Lee cooper
20/02/2018 - 22:42
Visited the reflection woodland hide what a professional setup .dean and steph made us very welcome as always ,photography was exceptional a large variety of birds in and out I got some really stunning reflection lmages ,which I ve always dreamed .bull finches two males were beautiful visiting countless times a day I never forget thanks dean and Steph I definitely be back for more lee cheers dean steph
Lee cooper
20/02/2018 - 22:15
I have been to the harvest mice workshop. What a experience .dean and steffAre so friendly and nothing to much trouble for them a day I remember for ever .I got some stunning shots to look back on ,a really pro setup and lovely backgrounds. Since then we visited the reflection pool hide , wonderful set up and some more stunning reflection lmages ,which I didn't think was possible. I highly recommend both workshops yu won't be disappointed can't wait to go back again thanks dean lee
Garry Bree
20/02/2018 - 12:21
I have already had the fortune to have visited this location with Dean Mason to do a photoshoot with Harvest Mice which was excellent.
This time I had booked the woodland hide for the purpose of adding British birds to my wildlife portfolio, the experience was superb.
The hide is comfortable and dry with ample supply of tea and coffee, yes, I know, I thought the same, never had this luxury before, and then I was introduced to the portaloo next door to the hide.
The hide and its setup and feeding perches are impressive, well designed, plenty of choice, the tap on an old post being my favourite, with superb natural backgrounds.
This hide has been designed by a person who is a wildlife photographer and has paid particular photographers ideals in the detail to its design. There are even Gimbal heads and/or bean bags provided.
One of the best hides I have ever had the pleasure to hire.
Going back... you betcha.
Steve Davis
19/02/2018 - 22:31
Dean - I would like to congratulate you on all the hard work and attention to detail that has gone into creating the woodland hide. The whole experience is fabulous, and it's great to meet someone as accomplished and passionate about their craft who is so approachable and enthusiastic !

Several Bullfinches, Long-tailed Tits, G-s Woodpecker, the sneaky Marsh Tit and the male Sparrowhawk together with industrial quantities of Blue, Great & Coal Tits, meant there was virtually no time in the day when there wasn't a photo opportunity of some kind....

I can't wait to return, and wish you every success as the year unfolds.

Many thanks again,

Steve.
Jacqui Taylor
18/02/2018 - 14:04
This was a first time visit to Dean's reflection pool and hide yesterday and what a wonderful day it turned out to be. The hide is very comfortable to spend time in and being able to make a cup of tea is an absolute bonus. There were many birds very frequently visiting including the bullfinches and woodpecker. The reflection pool was like a mirror and was absolutely stunning when the birds were sitting on the sides.

We also photographed the harvest mice which was an absolute delight. It is abundantly clear that those sweet little creatures are much loved and cared for by Dean and Steph and the set-up was very well done.

It was a very comfortable, enjoyable day and I am determined to return. It is certainly an experience to be recommended.
Ian McCaul
18/02/2018 - 12:21
Visited Deans hide on 12/02/17

This was my first visit to the Reflection pool hide, I had a great day met Dean in the morning who stayed with me for a bit and got me all set up.It was freezing but in the hide with the stove on and lots of hot coffee I was nice and warm.
Non stop visits from various species including a pair of male Bullfinches first time I have photographed these.I took tons of pics and still haven't had time to look through them all.
This has to be the best hide set up for woodland birds in the country.I highly recommend a visit,i will be back for sure.
Many thanks Dean

Ian
David Sewell
09/02/2018 - 17:57
I had my first visit to the new reflection pool and hide yesterday. If you have been to the old hide, the new one is better. There are better backgrounds and, of course, bullfinches, at least at time of writing. There are also plenty of other birds, you will be spoiled for choice. The only note of caution is that it is very muddy, especially after rain. I know Dean has plans to do something about this, but for the meanwhile be sure to take your wellies!
Juanita
09/02/2018 - 07:56
What can I say that I haven't said before, fabulous new hide at Reflection Pool. Thank you Dean ... loved the Bullfinches.
Emily Pearce
08/02/2018 - 11:49
Great morning at the reflection pool once again! Was looking forward to photographing the bullfinch that have been visiting and they came in several times throughout the morning. Lots of activity from other birds too! Thank you Dean :)
Andrew brown
07/02/2018 - 14:48
Hi Dean just a quick note to thank you for yesterday for the morning in the hide the Bullfinches showed exceptionally well and generally pleased with the results I just posting some pictures from the session on my Blog at if you or anyone else wishes to take a look.

Thanks again

Andy
Neil Neville
02/02/2018 - 11:39
Hello mate,
Just a quick note to say a big thanks for the fantastic day I had in your woodland pool hide the other day.
Apart from the hide and set up being top,top class and in a league of itís own as described by all below, for me it is the sheer variety and constant activity from the species that are expertly attracted to the hide that sets it apart from all other pool type hides I have visited.

Make no mistake there are some great species visiting this hide that would be a draw for any nature photographer and, although all the usual common suspects can be photographed in abundance here, it is the Bullfinch, Marsh Tit, Nuthatch and Long-Tailed Tits that are the current stars of the show with the Bullfinches appearing more times than can be counted, and in such fantastic condition too,not to mention the marauding Sparrowhawk that is fast becoming a regular too.
Top day mate, great to catch up with you and hope to return soon.
john wall
31/01/2018 - 18:02
Great morning session spent in the reflection pool hide. Plenty of birds to keep me busy.
No glass to shoot through & a nice angle to frame your subjects from a comfy seated position.
Quite a cold day but warm enough in the hide with tea making facilities & a loo if required.
Dean made me feel welcome & showed the set-up before leaving me to watch the show.
A great morning Dean, thank you. Hope to return for something different another day 👍
Michelle Howell
21/01/2018 - 18:58
I visited yesterday for a combination Bird Hide and Harvest Mouse day. What a fabulous day it was! I took my own little prop, a paper cocktail umbrella, to use with the mice and they loved it! Made me laugh so much and took some fab pics! The bird hide is very well equipped and nice and warm too! Dean and Steph are both lovely people and Dean is on hand to assist with camera settings etc. Well worth the effort to get there (from wherever you live!). I can thoroughly recommend it, and Iíll be back when Iíve cleaned the mud off my wellies!😊
https://michellehowellphotography.com/
Debbie Hilton
11/01/2018 - 18:49
Just got back from a great day photographing both birds in the reflection pool and the harvest mice. Fantastic day, thousands of images to sort through! Thanks to Dean for such a great set up - the mice were great fun and I will definitely be back later in the year! I can absolutely recommend this, even if you just have a basic camera you will come away with some great photos.
Phil Crosby
04/01/2018 - 11:11
I visited for the first time between Christmas and New Year - on a bitterly cold day. I was snug and warm in the hide, well sustained by hot coffee and the birds were fantastic. 21 species (although a lot of Blue Tits!) and some good light, aided by the low angle of the sun in December. I will definitely be back soon.........
Mark Jones
30/12/2017 - 17:49
Visited Dean's hide on 10/12/17.

What a great morning we had!
I was slightly dubious of the day as it was very cold in the morning and the pool was frozen.
But having just finished going through my images, the frozen pool ones are amongst the best. The dew and frost on the foilage is amazing.
I had my lens set on about 370 (full frame) most of the day, and I feel that was the correct length, as it gives room for cropping.
Tea, coffee and toilet facilities were most welcome.
The only thing I'd reccomend is wearing of long walking boots or wellies in this wet and muddy conditions.
Will be returning in early spring time
Ian Hughes
29/12/2017 - 22:37
Yesterday I visited Dean Mason's Harvest Mouse workshop. What a fantastic morning; Dean was very helpful and passionate about the welfare of the mice. The time went too quick, such cute, entertaining animals. I would highly recommend this workshop. Thank you Dean top Guy I hope to return very soon. Ian.
Antonia Corp
28/12/2017 - 19:24
Brilliant session at the reflection pool despite the freezing conditions!! Endless visits from a variety of birds, natural setting and light and an all-mod-cons hide too!! Given me lots of ideas and inspiration and a plan to return soon!
Will be back again as soon as Iíve thawed out!!
Joanne Bostan
10/12/2017 - 09:28
I had the pleasure of meeting Dean and Steph yesterday and being a complete novice (2nd time out with camera) was soon put at ease and I had a fantastic day. Such a great location and 'comfortable' hide... I even spotted a pair of slippers in the corner!.
The reflection pool had frozen over and Dean had asked if I wanted to reschedule but glad I didn't, got some great shots of blue tits skating on ice!
As the day went on it did thaw a little so got some great reflection pics too. The harvest mice are just too cute for words and so very well looked after. I got some brilliant photographs and had lots of professional advice too.
Fully recommend this experience and will definitely be returning. Thank you Dean and Steph for your great hospitality.
Jo.
Gary Hickson
06/12/2017 - 23:35
Like Jayne below, I've visited Dean's old hide, and only last week his new one.. If you want to be in a purely natural environment, no backing boards, no studio lighting,have one of the very best reflection pools around, and a comfortable hide with all mod cons at your disposal. You have to give Dean a call and arrange a visit, you won't be disappointed, being able to photograph the wonderful wildlife in such an idilic position makes your visit to Deans hide all the more enjoyable. As for Dean, he is one of the most genuine people I have ever known, him and his wife Steph have worked extremely hard to bring this venture to life, and I am so glad it is paying off..
Jayne Bond
05/12/2017 - 19:33
I have visited Dean's 'old' hide at a previous location on many occasions and always described it as the best reflection pool in the land...... well I was wrong!! In developing his new hide Dean has taken everything positive from the old hide but has made it even better. The set up around the pool is superbly natural and the absence of a backboard means the background retains a beautifully natural feel - this is a real bonus. The hide is so comfortable with Dean's usual fantastic hospitality. His dedication to providing clients with the best opportunities cannot be faltered....and with the added bonus of a constant supply of tea or coffee and the luxury of a loo it's just a fabulous place to spend a day.
Gary cummins
27/11/2017 - 18:16
Excellent, well worth a visit. Dean was ace, top fella,really helpfully and full good tips and advice. Professional set up with excellent opportunity to get the images you want in your portfolio, can't wait to do it again't. Thanks Dean,I had a great day mate loved every bit of it.
Larysa Flack
26/11/2017 - 18:38
I had photograph harvest mice on 24/11/17 at Dean Mason wildlife photography .
Had a fantastic time, loads pictures and new experience and harvest mice itís the most cutest thing I ever have seen.
I traveled from Norfolk to Dorset and itís worth every minute and penny. Will highly recommend!
Thanks Again Dean and Steph for you great job and very warm welcome.
Janette Hill
21/11/2017 - 18:58
I have just returned from a wonderful 2 days with Dean and Steph. I spent 1 day mesmerised by harvest mice and 1 day in the reflection pool hide. It was a wonderful experience. The outdoor setting for the harvest mice is a welcome change from the usual studio setting. The mice are extremely well cared for which is paramount in my view. They are able to run about naturally with minimal handling involved. They are happy to just do their thing allowing you, the photographer, to simply take as long or as little time as you wish to capture them posing amongst the props. I came away with over 2000 images, not surprising as they are very photogenic and I was on burst mode!

The reflection pool hide is located in a natural setting and has been dressed beautifully to provide great opportunities for reflection images of woodland birds. Gimbal heads are supplied and I was warm and comfortable all day. Visitors to the hide included long tailed tits, woodpeckers, nuthatch, pheasant, blue, great and coal tits and a sparrow hawk. As the photographer you have the chance to place seeds and nuts where you would like the birds to visit so you can do your best to get the image that is in your head! Obviously we are dealing with wildlife and there are no guarantees but Dean and Steph have everything set up to give you the best chance to come away with a stunning set of images. Dean is on hand all day to offer his expertise also so you do not need to worry if you are unsure about camera settings and the like.

Finally, there is an all day long supply of tea and coffee and access to a loo. I have attended many workshops (I run them myself) and I strongly recommend Dean and Steph to photographers of all levels to attend one or more of their workshops. You will come away with a great set of images and will be very well looked after. Remember to take plenty of memory cards with you!!!
Cathryn
18/11/2017 - 16:51
Thank you Dean and Steph for your company, hospitality and a most enjoyable morning with the harvest mice. There was plenty of time to observe their behaviour and anticipate their moves.
What perfect little posers they were!
Absolutely adorable, very entertaining and so much smaller than I expected.
Thanks too for the advice on settings when they weren't quite as sharp as I'd hoped. Just waiting for them to upload now so I'm very hopeful for at least a handful of pics that will make me smile.
Christine Whiffen
09/11/2017 - 20:37
What a wonderful experience. Such a joy to see these beautifully agile little harvest mice in such a natural setting. Dean has a great rapport and clearly loves his mice. Helpful, knowledgable and even makes you coffee or tea. Photographing these gorgeous little creatures was a start to a perfect day. Thank you Dean.
Dean & Debby
09/11/2017 - 11:49
Thank you Dean for an amazing experience with the Harvest Mice. We fell in love with the little critters such characters . It was a cold,sunny, muddy day due to the rain the night before but that certainly did not put us off. Dean was at hand to change the scenarios and the mice are so inquisitive they can't help pose for you. I have to admit I concentrated too much on depth of field trying to capture their adorable faces but still got some great shots. A must for anyone who loves photography, we will definitely be back.
Highly Recommended.
Kathy Axford & Ian Austin
06/11/2017 - 22:40
Thank you Dean & Steph for another amazing session with the adorable Harvest Mice. I smile every time I think of those little furry friends of yours and I just love the way you talk to them like your children:-)
I'm so glad I took your advice and got the Sigma 105mm Macro lens, it made such a difference.
For anyone thinking of booking a session then I suggest you get on and do it, you won't be disappointed. Dean is seriously knowledgeable, extremely encouraging and such a kind person which shows in the way he handles the Harvest Mice. I'm a novice at photography but felt totally at ease and able to ask questions without feeling self conscious. We will definitely be back. Thanks again, Kathy & Ian
Lesley
06/11/2017 - 14:07
Thanks Dean for a great session with your Harvest Mice. Loved seeing these wonderful guys up close. It was a challenging session but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The mice were very inquisitive and consequently great performers!
Thanks again will definitely be returning!
Bart Hofman
01/11/2017 - 19:17
Coming from the Netherlands to photograph the Harvest Mice for two morningsessions. Did it already in august so i knew it was awesome. Now with the fall colors wich was also very very good. The weather was very nice. The mice were entertaining, hilarious and so cute. If you are into naturephotography this is a must. Dean gets out of his way to make the workshop a succes. Very nice guy also and honest. I can highly recommend this. Also from overseas. Just fly to Southampton or drive. Both very easy. The whole experience is great. Besides that it is something special. You photograph these cute mice with natural light outside in a beautiful rural area.
Thanks Dean for two amazing morningsessions.
Dave Jeffries
30/10/2017 - 20:11
Dean, just wanted to say had a great time on Sunday photographing The Harvest Mice. It was a fantastic experience and would recommend to anyone. My wife who is disabled now wants to book on the course because as well as being informative it was so accessible. I haven't been able to share my photography experience with her but look forward to 'the reflection pool' soon.
Your expertise was invaluable and I came away with some great shots. Cheers Dave
cate barrow
30/10/2017 - 19:01
Dean, I never normally bother to do this but after such a great day on Saturday I just had to give you feedback. As you know I have seen great things around the world in terms of wildlife but the day spent with your mice ranks right up there. For those photographers thinking about visiting Dean- do it. He is brilliant with the mice and you will have smile on your face all day. There is lots of action but Dean is so careful with every single mouse you would think it was his child ! Great time and thanks again.
Sue & Peter MacCalum-Stewart
30/10/2017 - 15:09
Peter and I have just returned from another wonderful afternoon spent with Dean Mason and his enchanting wee harvest mice.
A really well run workshop that not only produces great images but is great fun and puts a big smile on your face...
Thank you Dean
Dee and Stan Maddams
30/10/2017 - 14:38
Monday 30th October. Just spent an amazing morning with the Harvest mice. The little darlings are so cute and Dean was on hand to change the foliage to make sure that we got the best of the morning. We definitely did!! Loads of pictures to go through but already know that we have some cracking shots. Thank you so much for all your hard work Dean!! Fantastic as always!!
Isha & Peter Mulholland
30/10/2017 - 11:19
We had an awesome time doing the harvest mice workshop, Dean is a very knowledgable and friendly guy, and his sidekicks - the mice- really fun and happy-looking, I think I have my Christmas cards pictures sorted :) Well worth the long trip from south-west France :) We will definitely be back.
Glenn Bailes
26/10/2017 - 18:01
Hi Dean, Just want to say that i had a great couple of hours today photographing your Harvest Mice. They were great performers.
I took lots of images but boy do you have to think about depth of field. lots to bin. But thats OK, i'll be back for more.

Big thumbs up from me !

Glenn
Daz Curtis
26/10/2017 - 16:59
Just got home after a wonderful couple of hours photographing the harvest mice. The best hide photography experience, great location, great company and a great cup of tea Dean! I cant wait to come back, thank you!
Steve
24/10/2017 - 23:39
A great afternoon of successful photography. With the weather looking dodgy, Dean called and suggested rescheduling. But he was happy that I wanted to go ahead. The setting was excellent, with Dean offering as little or as much photographic advice and assistance as was needed. Definitely a preliminary visit for me; I will be back.
Lesley Garven
23/10/2017 - 17:26
Had the most fantastic morning with these little mice and Dean, his knowledge and care about these little creatures was evident throughout the session. Lovely guy, will be back, was worth every second of the drive to and from Scotland
Charlie Davidson
20/10/2017 - 19:29
Better late than never...... 2 months or so ago i spent the afternoon at Deans Harvest Mice workshop and what a fantastic afternoon i had. The photo opportunities are endless, i came away with well over 1000 shots. The well fair of the mice are high on Deans agenda and they are well looked after. Dean is a very easy going guy and very easy to get on with....and his coffee is pretty good too :-). i will definitely return if/when I'm in the area again. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
Stephen Hayward
17/10/2017 - 20:15
17.10.17 - Harvest Mice
Today was a brilliant experience and one that I enjoyed from start to finish. Dean was welcoming and knowledgeable, and although I am pretty much a novice, especially when it comes to wildlife photography, I came away from the session with some lovely shots of the enchanting, inquisitive Harvest Mice. Thank you Dean for the chance to escape to the peace and quiet, and have the ability to chill out with smallest rodents I've ever encountered!!
Ian Austin & Kathy Axford
17/10/2017 - 09:35
If you are thinking of booking a session Ė stop right now, donít waste another minute and get it booked!
Weíve just had a session with the harvest mice and it was fantastic Ė Dean and Steph made us so welcome from the minute we met them and the time simply flew by.
Deanís knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for photography meant that we were able to get some terrific pictures whilst having a thoroughly enjoyable time Ė be warned though, you will need spare cards and batteries Ė I filled my card with 1200 images!
What delighted us most was how natural everything was Ė the location, the backgrounds (hedges & field) and how the mice were looked after and treated.
Thank you so much, Dean Ė it was a pleasure to meet both you and Steph. We will be recommending this to everyone we know and weíre already planning on coming back.
Mark
15/10/2017 - 14:49
I recently attended one of Dean's workshops with a friend to photograph Harvest Mice. I must admit I did not know what to expect from the session. Dean clearly cares for the mice as well as wildlife in general and knows his subject very well. He made sure none of the mice were stressed in any way, they just did things naturally and were so inquisitive when Dean carefully swapped out items for them to explore and climb on. It was a great session and will undoubtedly book more of Dean's workshops because I know they will be very well run with care about the wildlife. The only thing that will stop me getting great images will be my ability with the camera and Dean will even help with advice on that too.

Thanks for a great session Dean, hope to see you again very soon.
Scott Chappell
15/10/2017 - 08:34
I've wanted to do a harvest mice workshop with Dean for a while and was delighted recently when I managed to attend one with a friend. We've known Dean for a while through seeing him at another hide location so we were aware of his dedication and patience photographing wildlife. What is very striking though is his awareness and ability to treat nature with consideration and respect so what you are photographing is completely natural. It was very apparent that the harvest mice were not stressed in any way by our presence, in fact I think they seemed to enjoy showing off their acrobatic skills.
After a very enjoyable morning we agreed it was a fabulous experience and will definitely book more workshops with Dean in the future. We are particularly looking forward to his reflection pool set up in what is an idilic location.
Thanks again Dean for the wonderful experience.
Jayne
14/10/2017 - 07:54
Another superb session with Dean and his adorable harvest mice. You only have to see Dean in action and you will know straight away how genuine and passionate he is about caring for the mice. The WoW set up is superb - outdoors, natural but very sheltered in inclement weather so no one will ever miss a session. What is even more special is Dean's personal approach. He works with you ensuring you get the shots you want, not something pre-set. Thank you Dean - I came away with exactly what I envisaged prior to the session - you are a star :-)
John & Tracy Langley
11/10/2017 - 11:17
Thanks for a couple of great sessions with your harvest mice. Lovely to see these tiny creatures up close.
We were impressed by your caring handling and help with props. We felt like the mice were just 'doing their own thing' quite naturally.
Loved the outdoor location and the ability to move around for different backgrounds.
Very happy with our photos and would highly recommend this workshop.
Katie
08/10/2017 - 14:57
I had a brilliant morning photographing the Harvest Mice. The mice are adorable and I have lots of great photos. Will definitely tell all my friends thanks again.
Brian
06/10/2017 - 21:51
Thanks Dean for a wonderful morning photographing your Harvest Mice.
Your photogenic outdoor location certainly beats photographing in a shed under artificial light into a cocked hat.
I don't know if Harvest Mice have "happy" feelings but yours certainly seemed quite happy carrying out their activities which can only reflect as the ultimate compliment to your obvious caring and husbandry.
I was able to get some unbelievable quality images such as I have been chasing for years - all in a morning!!
Thanks again - I can't wait to give your reflection pool a run for its money!
Edwin Godinho
05/10/2017 - 12:02
What a lovely experience with the harvest mice. Absolutely therapeutic watching these tiny little mice doing their own thing and clicking pictures.
A special mention about Dean; an absolute top man, who loves these mammals and handles them with respect. Loved the conversations in the background about conservation, wildlife and all things photography as well. I would recommend this to anyone and would definitely visit again.
Emily Pearce
04/10/2017 - 11:27
Had a lovely time photographing the harvest mice. Great natural backgrounds. Got some really good photos and would recommend this to anyone!
Peter Harclerode
04/10/2017 - 07:24
A really great one and a half days spent with Dean, initially photographing his enchanting harvest mice followed by a day spent in his superb Reflection Pool hide watching and photographing the constant flow of wonderful birdlife. Dean himself is a great guy and totally dedicated to his profession as a photographer and wildlife conservationist, and I was very impressed by his set-up. I am already looking forward very much to my next visit in 2018.
Steve Barrett
02/10/2017 - 22:02
Just a few words to describe my second visit to the reflection pool and yet again this did not disappoint..plenty of birds throughout the day, This just has to be on every ones to do list.. Dean let me put a camera outside the hide with a triggering system so the birds photographed themselves...
Great day, top class host, great coffee and great photography...thanks mate, see you soon. Steve
Lorna and Ruth Hayton
30/09/2017 - 21:56
Quite simply the best wildlife experience ever. Dean is meticulous in his ethics which is really important to us both and his care and consideration for the mice is exemplary.
We would not hesitate to recommend Dean (and indeed have done so twice already in 24 hours)
We got some amazing images and can't wait till our next visit
David
26/09/2017 - 20:21
We visited Dean for th second time to take images of the Harvest Mice. We were not disappointed!! What a fantastic way to spend a few hours. Dean is a fantastic host - knowledgeable, ready to offer advice when needed and always looking after the little critters. We had a great time. Brilliant pictures and a load of laughs. What else could you want. Highly recommend a visit. Laural and hardy will be back in hen our schedules permit. 😄👌👍
colin ryan
26/09/2017 - 19:28
Hi Dean

Thanks for a great day. Photographing the little mice was a wonderful experience. Will certainly book again.

Highly recommended,

Colin
Mari Norway
26/09/2017 - 14:32
The Harvest Mice were the best fun I have had with a camera.
Mari
Norway
mark jones
26/09/2017 - 11:00
I had seen some images from Dean's workshop on line and thought how nice and natural they looked.

Boy was I in for a pleasant surprise, the 2 1/2 hours flew by, capturing these cute little creatures on camera was so much fun, and all in an outdoor covered location. Providing a natural backdrop. Roe deer even made an appearance!!

Dean helps you with camera settings if you are a novice. Also provides much needed refreshments.

It was such a pleasant day out, we will be returning soon.
Thanks Dean!!
Sacha Bijkerk
26/09/2017 - 09:06
Hello Dean

Thank you for the chance to photograph your lovely mice. It was difficult but I really enjoyed this little ones. Also your flexibility was very fine because I was delayed in traffic

Kind regards, Sacha
Elma Gussenhoven
23/09/2017 - 18:26
...What a surprise. Harvest mice with Dean Mason. At a lovely setting outside in the nature with excellent company and coffee. An hilarious lovely superb experience.
...Love to come again Crazy me...All the way from Holland
Philip Petrou
21/09/2017 - 19:35
Had a fantastic day with Dean and he's furry little friend.

Dean is great photographer himself so he goes to great lengths to make sure anyone who participating on his workshops is totally satisfied, happy and comes away with fab shots.

I'd highly recommend his workshops you won't be disappointed

thanks Dean
Christian Taylor
21/09/2017 - 12:52
Thank you very much Dean for an amazing day the harvest mice workshop was absolutely amazing loved every minute. Highly recommend this to anyone interested even on dull days as under shelter. Look forward to taking more photos at your workshops.
James Leyland
20/09/2017 - 18:39
Just got back from a great afternoon with Dean photographing harvest mice. Dean has a great set up allowing for some great shots. I have been to a number of photography set ups and Deans is definitely worth a visit
Paul Fine
20/09/2017 - 10:43
Wow just spent an amazing day with Dean and his harvest mice. It was great to meet Dean who obviously has a great passion for wildlife and was extremely helpful on the photographic side offering helpful advice . If you love wildlife and photography I would highly recommend a trip to Dean you won't be disappointed
Jim walker
19/09/2017 - 20:17
Thanks dean for a great day at the reflection hide plenty of activity plenty of coffee and all round nice fella so decided to book a morning with the harvest mice the care and attention that goes to looking after the mice is first class dean is always there to help you out with advice and banter for a very enjoyable day
Carol Pike
18/09/2017 - 19:55
I spent a wonderful afternoon testing my skills as a photographer taking photos of these lovely little mice and capturing their antics.
Dean is very professional in the way that he handles them and his knowledge of the harvest mouse is next to nothing.
Marie-rose baert
16/09/2017 - 08:41
Thanks Dean ,
We have a very nice day , and returning home with a lot bautiful pic.
We coming back
Greetings Rose
Dave Wasdell
15/09/2017 - 08:50
Met up with Dean just a few days ago.
What a fantastic experience this photo session is. A very professional set up and Dean displays an excellent knowledge of his subject.
He cares very much for his subjects and they are extremely photogenic in return.

I thoroughly enjoyed the session and most certainly will book again.

Dean also makes a great cup of tea !!!!!!
Laurence
14/09/2017 - 22:43
I had the pleasure of meeting Dean for the first time on my Harvest Mouse session on the morning on 13th September. Having been escorted to the site he made a welcome brew whilst he talked me through the setup and introduced me to his 'assistants'.

His knowledge and passion showed through very quickly. I had not realised just how small the Harvest Mice were, they are the most delightful engaging little creatures and oh so photogenic.

Dean's handling of them was in my opinion the best I had seen of the way to treat animals, he has a respect of and for them that we can all learn from..............the photographic stage allowed them to roam and naturally interact with each other including their behaviour on the 'props'.

Though I shot many frames (still to review & cull, let alone flag the best ones) I also enjoyed just watching them, it is not just about the photography.

If you get the chance to see and photograph the Harvest Mice, do not delay ~ just do it, you will not regret it and if like me I suspect you will will still be smiling afterwards when you describe the experience :)
Gill Robins
14/09/2017 - 19:59
What an amazing work shop with the harvest mice. Would recommend this to anyone. Had a wonderful day. Thanks again Dean. Looking forward to doing it again soon.
Michelle Wileman
13/09/2017 - 17:19
Thanks for a fantastic opportunity to photograph your harvest mice. You made it easy to do and incredibly enjoyable- I'd thoroughly recommend the experience to anyone no matter what their skill level is. A lovely relaxing afternoon with good company in beautiful surroundings.
Nikki
13/09/2017 - 15:52
Another fantastic session with Dean who is so patient and accommodating. We did the wildlife birds the first time around and the harvest mice this time. Looking forward to a third trip probably next year! A truly lovely session
Linda Love
11/09/2017 - 20:22
Amazing what more can be said, love the harvest mouse could watch them all day. Thank you Dean Mason you are pure genius x
Linda love
11/09/2017 - 18:20
What a fabulous day at Dean Masons wildlife work shop. It really made my weekend with his fantastic idea and his beautiful harvest mice. I want to book again and soon. A day I won't forget in a hurry. Thank you very much Dean. X
Angela Brain
08/09/2017 - 09:14
Enjoyed a wonderful morning photographing harvest mice with Dean.The weather wasn't ideal but it didn't matter because with the gazebo covering the whole area made it possible to continue with no problems.Looking at the photos I took,you wouldn't even realise that it was raining.
It was really amusing,not only the antics of the mice but Dean and Steph were great hosts...even getting me warmed up with a cup of coffee!
I would recommend this workshop to anyone,it was 2.5 hours of constant mouse activity with a change of props and different background options.
Fantastic day,thank you so much Dean,I'll definitely be back.
Kathryn Willett
06/09/2017 - 10:37
A pure joy to spend another day with Dean, this time with the Harvest Mice. Utterly adorable and so photogenic. I can't recommend a day at Deans hides highly enough. Even for amateurs like me who don't know the ins and outs of their camera properly I still came home with loads of images i'm thrilled with.
Thankyou so much Dean. See you again next year!
David Jones
05/09/2017 - 00:44
I had a fabulous morning with Dean at one of his Harvest Mice Photography Workshops. Every detail was covered, from a perfect location to a wide selection of natural settings to choose from for the mice to run around on.
The welfare of the mice is the primary factor, and Dean was very attentive to their needs.

Assisted by Dean's knowledge of his subjects, as well as his advice on suitable camera settings for the conditions on the day, I was able to come away with many more good photographs than I expected.

Highly recommended for photographers of every level, and great value.
David Sewell
01/09/2017 - 18:33
As a change to harvest mice, I treated myself to a day at the reflection pool hide recently. The woodpeckers were amazing, at least three (a female and two youngsters) down regularly, and there may well have been more. Dean kept me well supplied with tea and coffee, in what is probably the most comfortable hide I have ever occupied. Recommended.
Eddie Cocozza
01/09/2017 - 13:56
I've just spent another fantastic morning and afternoon session at Windows on Wildlife in the company of Dean Mason and his little harvest mice. Dean almost has these mice performing to order, they seem to know what is required of them and they perform accordingly. The main problem you will have after a visit to Windows on Wildlife is deciding which images to discard, obviously you cannot keep all of them but you will want to because they are so cute, all that was missing from the visit was the mice bowing after their performance. Unfortunately the day had to be cut short because Dean received a phone call that caused him a bit of distress, I noticed something was wrong and offered to bring the second session to a close, so that he could go and deal with the problem, being the guy that he is Dean offered to stay until the end, but I said that I would just go and he hurried away. Less than an hour later I noticed that Dean had refunded all of my money, for both the morning and afternoon sessions, I had literally had a free day courtesy of Windows on Wildlife. Thanks Dean I owe you mate, this is not just a business venture that Dean runs here, this is a real gem of a lad living out his passion. I won't be back home anytime soon but I will post some images when I get back. Go and visit him soon, you will love it.
Garry & Cherie Bree
31/08/2017 - 12:27
A lot of extremely positive comments have already been said about the Harvest Mice hide and my wife and I agree wholeheartedly 100% with them.
We were met promptly on time by Dean at the meeting point he suggested, after a very friendly welcome Dean took us off to our venue to meet the Harvest mice.
A 5 minute drive and a 5 minute walk and as we turned the corner we were presented with a really amazing impressive setup for these fabulous tiny mammals, we were treated like royalty by Dean and he went over and beyond to help us get the shots we wanted, Dean understands photography and above all photographers so when we finished our session 2.5 hours later we both felt that this was truly one of the best wildlife workshops ever, trust me, I have been on a few wildlife shoots from Osprey in the Scottish Highlands to Humpback Whales in New Zealand and this setup has a definite WOW factor, fair play to you Dean, just perfect, coming back, you betcha, after our first attempt with some brilliant shots, we have had time to reflect on some other shots so we are coming back for some more.
For those of you who haven't made up your minds yet, miss this photoshoot at your peril, it is obviously small but so professionally put together from a very knowledgeable man,
Thanks Dean for a great day.
Jayne Bond
31/08/2017 - 11:50
An absolutely fantastic morning spent at Dean's Reflection Pool hide. This is an absolutely superbly comfortable hide. The reflection pool is beautifully maintained with such attention to detail to give natural images. A great selection of woodland birds visited throughout the morning but the star of the show is always the Greater Spotted Woodpecker. Thank you once again Dean for you hospitality :-)
Juanita
29/08/2017 - 08:41
What can I say that hasn't already been said, fabulous 'second' visit with both Dean and Steph, such good fun and many golden moments. If you haven't been to this extraordinary workshop then it has got to be on your bucket list of places to visit, these are two wonderful people who put their heart and soul into making your visit as special as possible, thank you both so very much.
Marilyn Peddle
28/08/2017 - 20:26
I've just spent a wonderful morning with my friend Pat at Dean's Harvest Mice workshop and loved every second. The gorgeous little mice were stars even though it was a hot day. Dean made sure the mice were happy and well looked after. I've many photos to look through now and hopefully a few special ones!
Mark Baldry
28/08/2017 - 07:51
Spent a truly fantastic afternoon with Dean & all his little helpers. An experience i will never forget,can't thank Dean enough for being the perfect host. Much thought has been put into the whole set up, not just for those who wish to view Harvest Mice but for their welfare too. Beautiful surroundings from which to take photographs of these stunning Harvest mice. I will return..
Linda Kent
24/08/2017 - 16:53
A fantastic time with Dean photographing the harvest mice. They are such cute and and adorable little creatures, great set up and Dean was the perfect host, always putting the welfare of the animals as a priority. I would recommend this workshop.
Jacqueline patel
23/08/2017 - 17:55
Another wonderful morning had with Dean with the harvest mice. They put so many smiles on my face and it was good to do it with a very close friend. As usual Dean made us welcome and sorted us out when we got stuck with camera problems. Love it and will be back soon
Gladys Klip
23/08/2017 - 17:14
I have returned from a phenomenal weekend with Dean and his harvest mice! Until now I'd only seen harvest mice on photos and I just had to go there myself and wow what a fantastic experience it was! I was amazed by the cuteness of these tiny mice (I'd never thought I would say that about mice by the way).
Dean did a fantastic job on the setting with an amazing assortment of (fresh) perches even down to protecting the mice from the sun and rain. You should be very proud of your set-up!
Thank you Dean and Steph for being such wonderful hosts and sharing your charismatic harvest mice with photographers giving them the opportunity to photograph unique images! Although I must warn everyone, photographing harvest mice can be addictive. I hope to see you again in the future!
Lara Goodwin
22/08/2017 - 07:17
I booked Deans harvest mice workshop as a treat for myself, and what a treat it was. Right from the moment of my enquiry, Dean was friendly and informative and was happy to answer any questions. The work shop was in a peaceful rural setting and I had 2 and a half hours photographing the mice all to myself which meant I could move around and get shots at any angle. I also feel that the price is very fair. I thoroughly enjoyed my morning and look forward to Dean expanding the business. If I could give some constructive criticism I would but everything has been so well thought out and is exactly as it says on his website.
Jon Winnan
20/08/2017 - 20:24
We had a great day with Dean and his Harvest Mice. A well thought out workshop, great subjects and a wonderful host! Many thanks!
Sue
19/08/2017 - 20:58
Thanks Dean for a great afternoon with your wonderfully cute harvest mice. The set up is fabulous & allows the mice to act naturally. I was delighted with the images I took.. fantastic..
Lyn
15/08/2017 - 19:15
I spent a really enjoyable morning at Dean's harvest mice workshop. A great set up outside, with a natural backdrop. Dean was very welcoming and ready to offer advice and help with camera settings. Many thanks.
Juanita
14/08/2017 - 19:50
Fabulous morning spent with Dean and his Harvest Mice, loved it, unique and magic experience. Highly recommended.
Bart Hofman
14/08/2017 - 18:33
I did two sessions at Dean's place for the harvest mice. It was amazing. You are in a beautiful place outdoors wich is perfect. The mice are cute, hilarious, beautiful and fun.
Very good models!!
Highly recommend. I want to go again. Very addictive.
Phyl England
13/08/2017 - 17:46
11/08/2017 A great afternoon at the Harvest Mice workshop. Dean was helpful and friendly and was happy to sort out my camera when I must have pressed the wrong button ! Pleased with my images as well - a very professional set up here and he handled the mice very sensitively. I would certainly recommend a visit or two.
Norman & Margaret Waterman
11/08/2017 - 18:21
Experienced photographers we certainly are not, but we had a wonderful time with Dean and the harvest mice. They are charming little creatures; Dean, too, but not as little. We cannot recommend the whole experience too highly.
David Sewell
10/08/2017 - 22:49
Another fabulous visit to the harvest mice. I know it is only a few months since my last visit, but late summer gives lots of new opportunities such as photographing them on sunflowers and blackberries. Definitely worth a second session, shame about all the processing to come though!
JULIA WAINWRIGHT
09/08/2017 - 12:15
Had a fabulous time photographing the Harvest Mice at Dean's place last week. Dean is a great host and there are opportunities galore to photograph these lovely little creatures, in a setting that has a natural backdrop and which allows you to photograph in inclement weather. Great fun and highly recommended.
Susanna Yates
08/08/2017 - 20:46
Another fantastic couple of hours with Dean, this time photographing Harvest mice! A superb set up with on hand help and support. I will definitely be back again, can't wait!!
Sari Maud
07/08/2017 - 16:42
What can I say, just an amazing experience, one I will repeat often, Dean and his wife were so welcoming I felt like I knew them for years, and the mice did not disappoint. This is a must for any photographer. Thank you xx
Scott Munro
05/08/2017 - 16:34
What a fantastic time on one of Deans workshops. I did the harvest mouse workshop and can highly recommend this to anyone, whether you are a professional or amateur, you will come away with some amazing images.
Don't worry about the weather, they have that covered to. The heavens opened when I was there and I was still able to carry on with the shoot.
Plus Dean and his other half are a lovely couple, very friendly and accommodating. Cant wait until my next workshop with them
Antonia
04/08/2017 - 22:31
Amazing Harvest Mice workshop, i'll be back again soon! they're adorable, expressive and fun, and Dean clearly cares enormously for them, wonderful morning. now to edit 700+ pics!! thank you x
Claire Connor
04/08/2017 - 19:21
We had an amazing day with Dean and his harvest mice yesterday!! 😊 They are so cute you instantly fall in love with them! 😍 Dean was very professional and very easy going. We felt at ease straight away and my husband say he makes a fine cup of tea too! ☕️ Dean was very helpful and on hand for advice on camera settings etc. All in all we could not fault our harvest mice experience, we had a lush day and would recommend it to any photographer however experience they are! We will certainly be visiting again! 😊😊
Eddie Cocozza
02/08/2017 - 14:38
I spent a fantastic morning and afternoon at Dean's Harvest Mouse Workshop on Monday 31st July, I had read the reports added by likeminded people before I decided to travel four hundred miles to attend the workshop so yes I was influenced by the opinions of others on here and I hasten to add that I don't believe that anyone has exaggerated in what has been written already. I found Dean to be a really friendly, helpful and down to earth guy, who suggested changing props for me long before I thought about it, so it was more routine than a task for him, he also really cares for his mice and replaces them with others when he sees them getting tired keeping the current mice being photographed active. It was so much more than just a photoshoot with Dean, he is attentive to every request and even suggests other props if you do not have any particular preference to what to use, all in all the day started with me meeting up with a stranger and saying goodbye to a friend when I was leaving. Thanks Dean I travelled down alone but never at any point in the day did I feel alone. I'm now looking forward to coming down again soon.
Mandy Swallow
02/08/2017 - 12:34
I cannot praise Dean and his harvest mouse workshop enough - from Deans helpful and efficient responses to my initial emails before booking, his knowledge, warm welcome and conversation, the fantastic set up he has for the mice and their welfare, his large and varied range of choice for additional props for the mice to climb/play on, through to providing the visiting photographer with such beautifully natural backgrounds. This was my first workshop with him but will certainly not be my last. A fantastic afternoon that was worth every penny, thank you Dean.
Laura ellis
01/08/2017 - 18:29
This is the first workshop iv been to and it was brilliant, so much fun! Beautiful backgrounds, very relaxed and had a good laugh too, also the mice are adorable. Definitely worth the money. Book now you won't regret it!
Kim butcher
30/07/2017 - 19:26
Well Dean didn't think I would be back quite as quick! But another fabulous afternoon with those gorgeous little beauties. Many thanks kim
Liesl
30/07/2017 - 10:44
I've been jealously admiring other people's harvest mice shots for years, and finally got to take some of my own! What a pleasure it was so be able to photograph these mice in such a professional setup. Will happily support again!
Lee cooper
29/07/2017 - 22:23
We had a great time with dean and steff lovely people exceptional workshop with the harvest mice , we got some exceptional photos of the mice .on natural plants .any one wishing to go won't be disappointed , a memorable day , we will be back again soon thanks for everything and not forgetting the lovely coffee thanks lee kathyx
Ray lovell
29/07/2017 - 18:19
I would recommend the harvest mice workshop to any photographers it is a really friendly atmosphere the hosts dean and Steph make you very welcome and relaxed WELL WORTH THE MONEY 👍
Pammy & Tim Donovan
29/07/2017 - 10:01
Dean's Harvest mice workshop's our amazing.We can't get enough of this wonderful rural setting.
Being out with nature with the adorable Harvest mice, makes you feel like you are a big part of nature at it's best.Dean will make sure that your visit will be suited to each individual's needs.Making sure that you will always come away with the most amazing images ever.
Your visit will stay in your memories for ever.I really can not recommend Dean's workshop's enough.If you have not let been to either workshop you only have to read the guestbook to see that each and everyone that has been,have all had an AWESOME time.It's so addictive.Thank you so much Dean and Steph for helping us achieve some of the most amazing images we have ever taken.We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Sue Anders
28/07/2017 - 21:51
Fab afternoon with Dean & his gorgeous mice, great set up in natural surroundings, plenty of photographic opportunities with a variety of perches, will defiantly be back.. Thanks Dean.
Terry Dommett
28/07/2017 - 16:37
Thank you once again for a fantastic photo shoot morning with your Harvest Mice. So superbly set up, we both got some lovely photos, and certainly a memorial day we will remember for ever.Look forward to your next venture, whatever that maybe!
Gemma Burden
27/07/2017 - 17:59
I have had such a fantastic time photographing Deans mice this afternoon. The set up is brilliant allowing you to get such natural looking photos, and the welfare of the mice is definetely a priority, with them being allowed to move around as they please rather than being placed for photos. I was able to take a really nice variety of photos as Dean provided plenty of different plants for the mice to club on and he made sure I was getting the photos I wanted. I would definetely recommend this to anyone wanting photograph these adorable little creatures, and will be booking in again in the future.
David Dedman.
27/07/2017 - 14:47
On 27 July 2017 I had a great session with Dean and his Harvest mice in Dorset, I knew straight away that it would go well as Dean had already given me so much time and knowledge of both the mice and equipment on the phone prior to my visit. On the day the set up is just as it needs to be for the photography and every effort is made for your comfort and ability to get the shot you have in your mind. But most of all Dean Mason is an all round nice bloke you bends over backwards to please and help you, so if your thinking of doing this or his great birdhide days don`t be scared just pick up the phone, it will be worth it. I for one am going straight back. David.
Graham Coull
26/07/2017 - 10:48
Had an excellent time with Dean and his wife and of course the Harvest Mice.
Great set-up and a large variety of perches.
I captured 1900 images in the four hour afternoon session.
Can't thank Dean enough and will be back again the next time when I am in the area.
Neil Gallacher
24/07/2017 - 20:14
Many thanks Dean for going that extra mile for me, allowing a fantastic session with his harvest mice. Nothing was too much effort and I got some amazing photographs.
We were in a different area than usual due to the threat of gale force winds and driving rain. These didn't appear and we had the most wonderful background of yellow and blue flowers.
Can't thank Dean enough for his help during the workshop and would hope to do this again in the future.
Colin Mill
24/07/2017 - 09:45
Had a great time with Dean and the Mice on Saturday morning. Dean was trying out a new set-up and I have to say it worked a treat & we came away with loads of fantastic images.
The only minor problem is that I didn't manage to drink all the tea that was made for me!
Thanks for a great time Dean, hope to see you again soon.
Jamie White
24/07/2017 - 09:30
I attended a Harvest mice workshop in July 2017 and was really pleased. The setup is great, giving a natural background to these lovely little creatures. Dean was always on hand to assist with the creatures and help with the setup. I was very pleased and came away with shots i'm really pleased with! Thanks Dean
Debbie
23/07/2017 - 16:50
My friend and I enjoyed a wonderful morning with Dean and his wife photographing harvest mice. It was fabulous. They looked after us very well and worked hard to ensure that we got the photos we so wanted. They are both professional and friendly and made the workshop a special one for us. We came home with some fantastic pictures and lovely memories of the sweet mice. I would recommend this affordable workshop. I was not disappointed and in fact intend to visit again.
Sue MacCallum-Stewart
23/07/2017 - 11:27
Peter, Sandra and I spent a wonderful afternoon with Dean and his wee harvest mice. Dean is a lovely man and his mice make you laugh. Just processing the images and still smiling.
Can't wait to return.
Sandra Herbert
23/07/2017 - 07:12
Spent a wonderful afternoon in the company of Dean, his wife and his charismatic little harvest mice. Absolutely delightful. The setting is very special, not only the various perches Dean has but also the background of the field with its swathes of buttercups and wild flowers. Thank you everyone - I think all three of us shall certainly return.
Terry Dommett
19/07/2017 - 17:38
What a wonderful experience! Both Dean and his wife were excellent hosts and extremely knowledgeable. The hide was expertly set up enabling me to take some astounding photographs.It was 4 hours of sheer pleasure. I am now looking forward to the Harvest Mice hide as soon as possible.
EG
19/07/2017 - 10:19
I spent a morning with Dean and his delightful harvest mice. It was a great experience, Deans attention to detail and the respect for his little friends second to none. Lovely setting in a field, very peaceful and with natural backgrounds. Well done Dean.
Kim
17/07/2017 - 21:28
I would just like to say that I had a fabulous morning with Dean and his little harvest mice, it was a glorious morning.
It was a wonderful set up, stood in a field with plenty of fresh air and the backdrops were so natural, will definitely be going back to spend more time with these fab mice.
Well done Dean and thank you for your hospitality.
Sam Bilner
17/07/2017 - 18:33
So pleased I've finally been able to have a chance to photo harvest mice.
The mice are adorable and Dean and his wife are extremely helpful to ensure you get exactly what you're after from the session.
I took around 1000 photos in a few hours and I was taking it steady... so bring many memory cards/batteries!
Can't recommend this enough for some very unique photography.
I will be back!
Kind Regards,
Sam
wendy salisbury
16/07/2017 - 10:09
I went back for my second visit to Deans Harvest Mice last week, and if anything it was even better than the first visit ! There really is nothing better than being out in the beautiful countryside, getting some fresh air and photographing these lovely creatures - what's not to like ?!
Jess Stanley
14/07/2017 - 15:29
I went to Deans harvest mice workshop yesterday (13/7/17) what a fantastic day! I learnt so much. Dean was very welcoming and made me feel so comfortable, he was very encouraging with my pictures. I'm new to photography so the encouragement and positivity will be something I remember forever :) if you're thinking about booking, dont think about it just do it, you won't be disappointed.

PS the harvest mice are ADORABLE!!

Best wishes

Jess
Marc Williamson
11/07/2017 - 18:08
Had a great morning with the Harvest Mice on Sunday. Having photographed Harvest Mice else where, I can say that without a shadow of a doubt, Deans set up is brilliant!! Being in a field gives you a choice of natural looking backgrounds. Don't hesitate give it a go, you wont be disappointed!
Marc Williamson
30/06/2017 - 17:42
Having spoken to Dean for many years on the phone whilst he was in his previous employment, it was a pleasure to finally meet him face to face. I spent the morning with Dean at his reflection pool and had an amazing time, the weather wasn't the best, the rain made reflections tricky, but I did manage to get some lovely reflective shots of the Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Deans approach is very professional and relaxing he has a wonderful knowledge of the subjects, and his pool set-up is first class, he also makes a great cup of tea!
I am looking forward to spending some time with the harvest mice next month, I am sure this will be equally as rewarding.
Many thanks Dean.
Pammy & Tim Donovan
28/06/2017 - 11:36
After many visits to Dean refection pool,which we call PARADISE.We could not resist going to the Harvest mice workshop.
WOW what an amazing time we both had,Dean's knowledge of all wildlife is second to none.Being out in the fresh air with these adorable little ones was great and with the added country side backdrop was a big plus.It was like having a surreal experience.Only Dean would be able to put together this unique experience.Due to the very hard work and dedication of both Dean and his lovely wife Steph.There is never a time when Dean is not considering the total welfare of the wildlife in question.We could not recommend this enough.Wildlife at it's very very best.
Jacqueline Patel
26/06/2017 - 23:39
23rd June went to Deans place for the fourth time. Third for reflection pool and it very disappoints. Love it and got done great shots lots of lovely fluffy young. Can't wait to go back to both sights can't get enough.
Lisa Harber
23/06/2017 - 14:14
What a fabulous morning we had with the Harvest Mice on the 22nd June. Dean was a joy to work with and the harvest mice provided plenty of photographic opportunities. Thoroughly enjoyed and would highly recommend. Loved it!
Garry Chisholm
21/06/2017 - 20:00
I had my second visit to Dean's reflection pool at the weekend. The weather was extremely hot, so much so that Dean took the trouble of contacting me the day before the session to advise me that, due to the heat the birds may not appear as much as usual. He very kindly gave me the option of delaying my visit to later in the year however, I decided to take a gamble and press ahead with the session. Boy, am I glad I did. GWS, Blue Jay, Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch were frequent visitors amongst many others. We even had the glorious sight of a Sika Deer visiting us to graze in the field adjacent to the hide. Dean and Steph afforded me their usual first class hospitality and another great photo session was achieved. Not only is it great to spend a few hours with Mother Nature herself, it is also great to spend that time in the company of people who truly appreciate the beauty of nature.
David Shaw
19/06/2017 - 14:31
I recently made my second visit to the reflection pool hide, and once again was blown away. All of the comments you see below are true - exceptional hide, exceptional service, exceptional value - now if only I was an exceptional photographer!
Wendy Salisbury
14/06/2017 - 19:46
Dean's dedication to providing a great experience for his guests is second to none and this shows in the quality of images you can achieve. I had a great couple of hours with the harvest mice yesterday and would not hesitate to recommend this workshop to anyone.
Simon Lewis (www.digitalwolf.photography)
12/06/2017 - 17:47
What a brilliant day spent at the reflecting pool hide. Dean is very friendly, down to earth and an expert in his field. The hide is superbly set up and very comfortable and the wildlife is often, varied and breathtaking! Managed some great shots on the day and will definitely be using again. Top bloke, top hide, top day out!
Alison Small
12/06/2017 - 16:01
I booked onto Deans Harvest Mice workshop, fantastic decision. I had never tried nature shots before and Dean was great, so knowledgable and enthusiastic. Dean offered good advice and made the morning perfect. I thoroughly recommend giving one of Deans workshops a try.
Roger Mullins
11/06/2017 - 17:48
I have been a couple of times to Dean's reflection pool, which is a brilliant day out.
I decided to give the Harvest Mice a try. Arranged to meet up yesterday morning. Upon arrival at the site, Dean as usual wanted to know if I had any preferences for shooting angles etc. After a brief discussion he swings into action. Setting up to my requests. Two and a half hours later I had in excess of six hundred shots, which today I am going through.
I'm more into shooting birds but this session made a very nice change.
Another bonus on the day was that I finally met up with his good lady wife Steph who also helps out where she can. A lovely, friendly couple.
Give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
Mike Porter
10/06/2017 - 18:46
What an amazing place this is! Dean is so knowledgeable and quickly makes you feel at ease. He clearly works hard to maintain a constant flow of photo opportunities and loves his feathered visitors. On the day we went the ever changing light & rather strong winds made it a challenge but got some great photos. Would love to come back & can thoroughly recommend the reflection pool. Thanks Dean
Sandy Bemister
07/06/2017 - 09:05
I had a wonderful morning at Deans hide despite the terrible weather. He was a great host and he makes a great cuppa. The birds were obliging by still visiting in the high winds. I got some shots that I am very pleased with. Its a great place for any bird loving photographer. Next stop harvest mice........cant wait.
Jill Owen
06/06/2017 - 15:56
28/05/17 Another enjoyable workshop with Dean. This time the cutest little critters you are likely to see - Harvest Mice. Dean sets up realistic scenarios for you to photograph and the results are stunning. Dean is very helpful and informative with both the natural history side and the technical side. Can't wait to see what he comes up with next.
Amanda Miller
05/06/2017 - 14:00
Well what a fab day we had with the mouses, on such a glorious sunny day.
Dean is professional and well versed in the way of little furry creatures, and his handling of them is the best i have seen. It was a wonder to watch the way he and they interacted together.
Further more, it is refreshing that Dean is open to ideas and worked with us to achieve what we wanted.
I have no doubt we will be back for more mouse orientated adventures.
Neal Scott
02/06/2017 - 10:54
Four of us visited Dean's Hide last Saturday and I admit I was initially apprehensive as I worried that my images would appear too contrived.
I was wrong, Dean has an excellent set up allowing what I think are pretty natural pictures, with the benefit of not spending hours tracking the bird life to end up with poorer quality images. You can see examples of my images on Flickr; honda1998rrw, which hopefully show some of the Hide's potential and were taken primarily with my old sigma 120-300 plus a 1.4x multiplier on a full frame camera.
I had an excellent day and would highly recommend this venue; Dean, his good lady, the abundance of birds throughout the day and the facilities all make for a great photography day out.
Mike Dowsett
01/06/2017 - 16:44
Harvest Mice:
What can I say, that has not already been said ?
Dean has great communication prior to the selected date.
Meeting on time, exactly as planned.
The set up is very professional and incredibly flexible to [my] fussy needs.
Dean has a superb approach to this workshop and helps enormously with the set-up and expectations.
Oh, and the acrobats [mice] are simply adorable.
Highly recommended to everyone, even you professional types. Give it a go, you will be very pleased you did.
Thank you Dean. Brilliant morning :-)
Neil Clifton
30/05/2017 - 13:53
Fantastic day spent in the Reflection Pool Hide with 3 friends. Prolific birdlife all day. I was using a 150-600 mm lens on an APSC camera which was excellent for the small birds, I would suggest that the focal range for this hide is the equivalent of 70 to 600.
Stewart England
30/05/2017 - 12:16
I went with three of my camera club colleagues for a day in the Reflection Pool Hide on 27/05/17. I have been in bird hides before but never in a dedicated photographic hide. The whole experience was excellent. Now to whittle down the large number of very good images that I obtained!
Paul Stone
30/05/2017 - 11:52
Myself & 3 friends used the Reflection Pool Hide for a whole day on 27/05/17. Dean & his wife gave us a very good introduction to the hide & all its facilities when we were first arrived. We were then left to get on with shooting all the many birds that visit the pool. There were so many bird visits that we had to top up the various food stations on 3 occasions throughout the day. We all had a great day & between the four of us we shot some 6000 images. Dean & his wife are very friendly & nothing is too much trouble for them.
Anna Marlow
29/05/2017 - 13:46
I thoroughly recommend Dean's Harvest Mouse Workshop having spent a really lovely morning on Saturday with friends talking hundreds of shots! It is plain to see how well cared for the mice are and it was a joy to be able to observe them up close... such gorgeous creatures! Dean was incredibly amenable to our constant prop changes and I have come away with enough shots to keep me editing for a week (or more!) I can't wait to go back and have another go sometime! :)
Lou Owen-Jones
29/05/2017 - 12:44
Well i went back for my second visit as a birthday treat to see Dean at his windows on wildlife workshop and what a fantastic morning we had again.
This is a must for anyone looking for some thing different.
Dean is such a nice bloke and so helpful with props and his knowledge making sure you get the best out of the time spent with the mice.
I came away with some fab images and will be smiling for a long time sat at my computer processing them all.
I will defiantly be booking again, thanks again Dean and Steph see you soon.
Tracey Courtnell
29/05/2017 - 09:52
I visited Dean Mason's Windows on Wildlife Harvest Mouse workshop in 27/05/2017. What a fantastic morning; Dean was very helpful and passionate about the welfare of the mice. The time went too quick, such cute, entertaining animals. I would highly recommend this workshop. Thank you Dean (and Steph), I hope to return very soon. xx
Lynn Christer
27/05/2017 - 20:26
Until today I was a wildlife photography virgin (excluding the flies, bees, ladybirds and butterflies I've been snapping for years). Today some friends and I went to Dean's Harvest Mouse workshop ... and I am now a convert. Dean was helpful, encouraging and informative about the mice. We all had a wonderful time, and I suspect I'll be back at some point. Thank you Dean and Steph :)
Annah Ross
13/05/2017 - 15:33
Dean's Harvest Mouse workshop is absolutely amazing. It has however ruined my social life as all I've wanted to do since returning home is to review my photos!

My sister and I met Dean in a local pub car park and drove to the location about 3 miles away. We parked our car at the entrance of the lane and walked for a couple of minutes. The harvest mouse 'tank' is in a field which means you get lovely natural and changeable backgrounds. It was also secluded from traffic and lovely to see and hear the birds flying around.

Dean offers just about the right amount of advice and support. He changes over the plants, that the mice run up, regularly and has a large array. Bring some of your own if you want something in particular, and Dean will advise if it's okay for the mice or not.

The mice work shifts so are active for the photo shoot but get plenty of rest in between! They love the chance to run up the grasses and stems and while very active, you can get some lovely photos of them. Dean will help where needed or move back and leave you alone.

On a final note, Dean is such a lovely person and does everything for you to have a great experience at a very affordable price. Highly recommended - and i will be going back when the season changes!
Penny Hallett
10/05/2017 - 16:38
Spent an amazing morning at Dean's harvest mice workshop. I'm a very amateur photographer but came home with some fabulous shots! Lots of help and advice available if needed. I would recommend this experience to anyone and can't wait to have a go at the reflection pool. Thank you Dean and of course my husband Roy for a wonderful birthday experience!
Bob Styles
10/05/2017 - 14:53
Just spent the morning with Dean at his harvest mice workshop - fantastic few hours with a bloke who is absolutely passionate about his photography which manifests itself in his attention to detail, with nothing being too much trouble.
Dean's reflection poll for me next, hopefully followed by the Buzzard hide, if they're half as good as the Harvest mice i'm in for a treat.
Highly recommended.
Jacqueline patel
10/05/2017 - 14:37
Spent the most amazing morning wth Dean and his little mice. The set up is amazing and got some fab shots. Used a new lens and Dean so helpful as usual. We had lots of different photos as he changed everything as often as we wanted. There is nothing not to like about it and will be back there again soon. As with the reflection pool worth every penny. Can't wait to go again thanks Dean
Steve Barrett
09/05/2017 - 21:52
Another afternoon in the company of dean with his delightful and entertaining Harvest Mice. what a couple of hours of superb photography..
If you have a camera and like wildlife this workshop is a must do.. There were plenty of props and you can even take your own for those mice to play on, and they sure did providing perfect photo opportunities.

Thanks dean for a unforgetable experience. see you soon. Steve
Jill Owen
07/05/2017 - 16:08
A wonderful afternoon spent at Dean's hide. The birds just kept coming!!! Five hours flashed by in no time. The hide was well set up and having gimbals supplied was a bonus. (As was the tea and coffee). I would recommend this to anyone interested in photographing our beautiful bird life. Can't wait for the Harvest Mouse Workshop. Thank you Dean for all your help and insights.
Rosemary Locock
04/05/2017 - 19:27
Fabulous morning photographing the Harvest Mice. An experience not to be missed and one animal I probably would not have been able to photograph if it hadn't been for this workshop. Another great set up Dean and as always a joy to spend time with you. See you soon - Rose
Natasha
03/05/2017 - 21:31
A thoroughly enjoyable experience with down to earth Dean Mason. An opportunity to do the mice workshop meant being able to capture something on camera which is hard to come across in the wild. Set in beautiful surroundings, with happy and well cared for mice, made the whole experience both delightful and memorable. Well organised too. Will definitely go back 🙂 Thanks again Dean
David Shaw
30/04/2017 - 20:00
I seldom write reviews, but after spending a morning at the reflection pool hide I felt compelled to share the experience. I arrived to strong winds and expecting a dull day, but the hide still delivered and I came away with some awesome views of Siskin and Great Spotted Woodpecker in particular. However, what made the day particularly enjoyable was the personal attention of Dean, who couldn't have done more to help/support/entertain - he's clearly passionate about the wildlife, and a thoroughly nice bloke to boot (even keeping me topped up with tea throughout). I've already booked my next visit and will preach to anyone and everyone who will listen about them doing the same. Thank you so much, just a great day and terrific value for money!
Lou Owen-jones
29/04/2017 - 22:40
Had the best Saturday morning for a long time. Go and take pictures of the harvest mice they are so cute and adorable.Dean is the niceist bloke and happy to help set anything up for you so you get the best shots.Even if I did send Dean off 5 times for more dandelions 😀
It's a great set up 10 out of 10.thanks again 😊
Fo
28/04/2017 - 19:34
The other morning I spent a few self indulgent hours in the lovely company of Dean Mason and his adorable harvest mice. I am so pleased that I took this workshop. The experience was wonderful. I urge any-one who is thinking about doing so to go along. Dean met me at a local spot, where I followed him (in car) to the field where everything is set up. He even adapted things to suit my diminutive height. I would definitely do this, or another, workshop with Dean again.
Mandy Elliott
28/04/2017 - 17:32
I have just arrived back home from one of Dean's 'Harvest mice workshops' wow! what an incredible experience. I feel so lucky that I was able to attend and capture some images of these dear little souls! I have a keen interest in photography but I am very much a beginner in terms of the 'technical side' but Dean did not make me feel intimidated at all. The workshops give you the freedom to get on taking photographs without being disturbed with an absolute perfect balance of intervention from Dean and he will help with any questions. It seems that Dean has a natural talent to help the mice pose!
My only complaint is that my face hurts from smiling so much! haha :) thank you so much and I will be back for sure, next the reflection pool I think. If you are thinking of booking a slot please do... you wont regret it :)
Tony Berry
27/04/2017 - 12:14
I am an amateur photographer who enjoys experiencing, and photographing, the environment and wildlife.

I spent a chilly morning in Dean's hide in late April. At the risk of repeating earlier comments, this was a fantastic morning with frequent appearances of a wide range of species - spotted woodpeckers and a range of tits and finches. Even the pheasant had a turn at the Reflection Pool. Activity seemed to come in bursts, and it was sometimes hard to keep track of everything that was going on.

As far as the hide is concerned, it has "up-market" facilities and is cosy and welcoming - although it can obviously get quite cold sitting around for several hours. Dean is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful and, importantly, is a man of integrity. Whilst he cannot summon up wildlife on demand, he does his best to ensure that clients get good value for their money and that they visit with realistic expectations.

Equipment wise Dean provides gimbals which are easy and effective to use. I used a full frame DSLR with 200-500mm zoom. The zoom was useful for rapidly changing between reflection shots (for which I was typically using about 400mm) and close-ups (500mm). For the smaller birds (which are in the majority anyway) a 600mm lens would also have been useful (but not necessary).


Highly recommended - I will be back.
Andrew Roberts
26/04/2017 - 21:48
Done a harvest mice workshop with Dean and have to say it was fantastic. The set up and location is excellent. Will definitely be doing another with him very shortly.
Martin Patten LRPS
26/04/2017 - 11:47
A group of us used Dean's reflecting pool hide in March 2017. The setup was very well organised with tea, coffee and a toilet all ready to go. The reflecting pool setup was organised to insure your shots had the best chance to be excellent. The background is far enough away to give you some lovely bokeh to enhance your shots. We had lots of visitors the whole time we were there (Great Spotted Woodpecker, Siskin, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Green Finch, Coal Tit, Gold Finch, Robin, Nuthatch) highly recommended.
Lillian
24/04/2017 - 19:51
A whole day spent with Dean in his hide is a true experience not to be missed! not only do you get a wonderful and varied selection of birds coming in and parading around for you, you get cups of tea or coffee all day long... and what do you need .. if you have been drinking Dean's coffee?? you know it! a loo.. and what a loo you have there, all mod cons.. and when you have to go.. Dean is out topping up the feeders and cleaning the water reflection pool out, as it is unavoidable that the odd feather or husks fall in. No tripods are needed as Dean has all the Gimble heads and plates there, so you only need to unpack your camera and lens and away you go sitting in the comfy chairs also supplied.
All you need remember, lots of cards and spare batteries... and something for lunch.
Then sit back and enjoy the birds in abundance.
Thank you Dean, a very memorable day.
David Sewell
24/04/2017 - 17:50
I had a fantastic morning with the harvest mice today, the only problem is where to find the time for all the processing that will be necessary. Dean has a great set up, and I would recommend the workshop to anybody wanting to photograph these enchanting animals. Be sure to take plenty of memory cards!
Christopher McLeod
22/04/2017 - 13:58
Fantastic day spent with the harvest mice! Dean is very helpful and knowledgable about the subject. Came away with more shots that i bargained for! Thanks for the great day Dean.
Dee & Stan Maddams
21/04/2017 - 15:48
Wow - had a lovely time at the Harvest Mouse Workshop this morning! Got (a lot) of great shots thanks to Dean's hard work with the set up and the mice. It was especially good to have proper natural backgrounds for the pictures, Dean has put a lot of thought into showing his mice to their best for photographers. The mice are so cute and it was as much fun watching them as it was photographing them. It was a wonderful morning and look forward to doing it again!!
Brian Chard
18/04/2017 - 21:32
If you want a great session of photography, look no further than one of Dean's hide days, I have just had a memorial morning in the presence of the most adorable and acrobatic Harvest mice. It is such a privilege so see and photograph them at such close quarters.
Dean is first class, his set up, knowledge of the subject and what also impressed me was his concern about the mouse's welfare.
Thanks Dean for a great day and I will certainly be back
Hayley whalvin
18/04/2017 - 09:50
Just outstanding set up thanks for supporting me I had a fantastic time 2 and half hour gave me plenty of time to capitulate 100s of images forever thankfully never get the shots I did in the wild thanks again
Les Moxon
17/04/2017 - 16:51
Harvest Mice Workshop.

What a truly wonderful experience to be had- we spent 2 hrs and 30 mins there and between us shot almost 1,000 images- I would recommend a speed-light as these critters moves so fast

Thank you to Dean & Steph for a truly exciting session. Book a morning you will not be disappointed - Trust me

Les & Lisa
David Radford
14/04/2017 - 23:27
Great hide with fantasic sightings. Dean is a excellent and knowledgeable host and has thought of everything to make your visit enjoyable. Highly recommend and will return myself.
Matthew Gould
11/04/2017 - 14:28
I booked a half day with Dean, and I have to say, I was impressed.

Firstly the photography opportunities are continuous. I was using 500mm full frame and woodpecker shots pretty much filled my frame.

Whilst there upon request he moved various perches around to help me get the shot I wanted. I would highly recommend.
Tezz
07/04/2017 - 19:12
I spent a very enjoyable morning at the reflecting pool hide. I found Dean to be informative and helpful. All commuications from start to finish wereclear, concise and prompt
Dean is also friendly and personable with an amazing wildlife set up which is perfectly placed to capture the best images you can
Gary Davis
06/04/2017 - 09:41
Spent another day with Dean at the hide yesterday. If you only go to one hide visit this one. Must be the only one with a toilet, tea, coffee and a great location. See you again Dean and thank you.
Geoff Botwood
05/04/2017 - 22:46
Hi Dean, great to actually meet you in person after knowing of you for so many years
Had a great day despite the weather being a little iffy at times but managed to get several 'keepers. I must say the facilities laid on are perfect and what with the Gimbal heads already in place, a cozy chair to sit in and a constant supply of tea and coffee it all added up to a great experience.
I also appreciated the help with the gear and your expertise in sorting out the problem I had to start with, really appreciated.
I would certainly recommend the hide to anyone knowing that they would be delighted with the set up. I sincerely wish you all the very best with your venture, it was a delight to visit.
Hope to visit again soon.
Best wishes,
Geoff..
Geoff Newland
02/04/2017 - 05:49
A great day spent at Dean's wildlife hide. Dean has put a lot of thought and effort into the setup for both wildlife and customers. The reflection pool with feeder sand perches work very well. His knowledge and passion for wildlife really shows, along with this in making your day a good one. Would Recommend. Thanks again.
Simon Downing snr
01/04/2017 - 19:28
Ok shall I be nice or truthful. Truthful it is. A great day 100%. I don't know what I was expecting but it was a really nice day out. I'm not counting my 9 hour round trip to get there. Dean was on hand to offer advice if wanted but not intrusive. The set up allows several different type of shots all from one seat. If you want to move then there are even more to be had. If I was to make a recommendation it would be this. I was using a Sigma 150-600mm lens on a full frame camera. This lens will only go to f/6.3 so on some wider shots the background was repetitive in colours.(camouflage dressing) I would like to see a bit more variation, but I must stress this is a very minor niggle and it in no way even slightly spoilt the day. Anyway if I was that bothered I could use PS to mix it up. So my overall opinion is, a great day for all levels of competency. Dean will make sure (if possible) you are getting the shots you like and he allows you to add and remove props and when I left I didn't even have to clean out the toilet.. tee hee

HIGHLY RECCOMENED
David Watkins
27/03/2017 - 10:11
Me and a friend from Bracknell Camera Club spent Friday 24 March with Dean at the reflection pool. We had a great time. Dean was enormously helpful. Giving us tips and putting up with our 'banter'! We were lucky to have activity all day. I cannot recommend this opportunity enough. Dean is a great host and this is most certainly the Harrods of hides.
Philip Petrou
25/03/2017 - 18:34
A few days ago I had the pleasure of spending a day with Dean at his hide, its spacious, clean, comfortable and very well equipped with gimbal heads, hot drinks facility and even a toilet.
Dean constantly checked with me throughout the day that I was happy and obtaining images that I was pleased with.
I'm Mr fastidious but nothing was too much trouble he was always willing to accommodate me and make the smallest changes or pass on his wealth of knowledge.
There was never a lull in activity a constant stream of woodland birds visiting a number of different perches or the reflection pool providing me with a wide variety of images.
Would I recommend Dean and his hide most definitely, he has a number of ideas and plans for the future so keep an I eye on his website or Facebook.
Thanks again for a fantastic day Dean can't wait to come back.
Emily Pearce
21/03/2017 - 16:48
A great morning spent at the hide with Dean. Plenty of birds to photograph including 3 Greater Spotted Woodpeckers that visited many times throughout the morning. Lovely reflection pool with lots of natural backgrounds and perches. I will definitely be going back again soon - thank you Dean!
Kevin allen
21/03/2017 - 12:44
Spent a great day with dean at his great hide .
Plenty of woodland birds to photograph with great props. The man himself could not do enough to me with unlimited coffee an advice.
Will be using again for sure.ierto
Les Moxon
18/03/2017 - 18:20
What an amazing day- I paid for 1/2 a day but It was so utterly addictive- I called Dean from the Hide and extended the rental to a Full day

Dean and Steff are very friendly made us all fell right at home, the Hide is very well situated and well stock with Tea Coffee etc

I can highly recommend a visit to anyone with a Passion for Bird Photography, you WILL NOT be disappointed. Thank you Dean for a totally enjoyable day- Myself, Lisa & Max cannot wait for our return visit
Nick Allen
17/03/2017 - 08:16
WOW! what an amazing day all made possible by Dean and his meticulous attention to detail. I booked the full day and was glad I did. The birds just kept arriving, even the Greater Spotted Woodpeckers were arriving in 2s and 3s, and kept coming all day, landing on the various props Dean had carefully setup. At the end of the day I had drank my body weight in coffee and taken enough phots to fill both my 64GB memory cards. I have already spoken to Dean about my next visit and I'm looking forward to returning. Thanks Dean.
Brian & Cathy Calder
12/03/2017 - 18:15
Just home from a great time in Dean's hide this morning. A well organised set up, with nothing too much trouble for Dean and the added bonus of tea on demand! Lot's of bird activity from the off and another visit soon to be in the diary.
susanna yates
12/03/2017 - 10:14
Thank you Dean for a perfect couple of hours spent at the hide! Matthew loved his birthday present and is already asking when he can go back. We will see you again.
Pat Catley
10/03/2017 - 12:17
Thank you Dean for a very enjoyable day yesterday and keeping us supplied with tea. We were lucky with the weather and had a wonderful selection of birds visiting. No doubt another trip to be arranged later in the year.
Marilyn Peddle
09/03/2017 - 16:13
A great half day at Dean's hide. Everything there that we could need including Dean making the tea to keep us going. So many lovely birds coming in to the pool and feeders we were never still for long, loads of photos. Well organised and comfortable highly recommend, another trip in the future is definite!
Georgina Adams Stairs
08/03/2017 - 20:55
Well what a fantastic morning, spent with Dean in his amazing hide. Dean is so helpful, he does everything he possibly can to make sure that your time in the hide is more than your expections. He is so knowledgeable and about wildlife and also photography, he makes you feel comfortable and kis very helpful with camera settings etc. I cant wait to go back. Thank you Dean, it was brilliant
Jacqueline patel
06/03/2017 - 15:10
Went back to Deans hide again as I had had such a good time in October with my sister. I booked a half day as I had to get home. Was met by Dean and was settled into the hide. The birds came within seconds of us being there. A windy day but it was still fab and I really enjoyed it. Dean helped with questions on my camera and so knowledgeable about all the birds. Can't wait to go again and again but a whole day as the time flies by so fast. I could just sit there all day and just watch the birds it's very comfortable and warm even though it was February. So so worth a visit worth every penny
Steve Barrett
03/03/2017 - 18:45
Just returned home from a visit to Deans Hide, Dean had been watching the weather and emailed me a couple of days before my visit saying the weather was not going to be good, would i like to rearange...no i said ill still come down.. On the day i meet Dean in the wind and pouring rain, Dean gave me another chance to rearrange. Not a chance i said..On arrival at the hide which was easy to get to, the hide and the facilities were superb, plenty of space and very comfortable, toilet at the back and tea making facilities inside.. The photographic facillities outside were very well planned and thought out with the photographer in mind. The feeders were topped up regually thoughout the day. The perches and backgrounds were changed to my requirements. So what can i say about my day..number one: excellent facilities, number two: plenty of birds all day long, number three: Dean a top bloke.
Dont be put off by the wind and rain, you will miss out big time...
Thanks Dean, see you again
Steve
Jan Brown
01/03/2017 - 18:56
I spent 5 amazing hours with Dean and Steph in their hide, my first time taking photos of birds and I can't wait to go back again. The hours whizzed by way too fast and the birds never stopped appearing the whole time! Dean kept the feeders topped up all the time and even had a couple of different backdrops which were changed during my visit. Lovely hot tea was made whenever needed but I was so busy taking over 3000 photos, I didn't have time to drink it! The reflecting pool was just stunning and I can't believe how professional some of my shots look even though I'm very much an amateur. Dean and Steph are the loveliest people you could ever wish to meet and nothing is too much trouble for them and I will be back again very soon hopefully!
Matt Hardy
23/02/2017 - 20:49
I am a professional photographer based in Dorset. I love to photograph and capture the stunning wildlife that our county plays home to. I have been looking at local hides to obtain some new images for my portfolio. After seeing what Dean has to offer and also a few friendsí recommendations I booked a day with him. I picked a terrible day weather wise, however the hide set up and location was perfect for photographing in. Greeted with a smiley face and warm cup of tea we got set up to shoot, The hide is lovely! Warm quiet and plenty of space wit the kettle not to far away. It is also very clean and tidy and has a toilet.

I booked a half day with dean and within an hour I had seen some stunning birds flying down to the reflection pool. Deans great and joins you in the hide giving you advice on birds and what to look for. He also likes to tweak the set up and make sure there is plenty of food to keep the birds busy whilst I snapped away.

I had a fantastic day and would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to capture some really unique images in a lovely and well maintained hide.

Matt
www.matthardyphotography.co.uk
Dave and Lynne Joicey
22/02/2017 - 22:11
Thanks for a great day in the hide last Sunday. Great set up and a good mix of very obliging woodland birds. Lost count of the number of visits from the woodpeckers (at least three of them) and nuthatches. We both even managed a few "keepers". Look forward to seeing you again in a few weeks, when hopefully the bullfinches will be about.
Bob Harrison
18/02/2017 - 12:02
Had a great day at Deans hide. Took 40gb of memory cards and filled them all, good job I was only there for half a day or I would have had to leave the hide to buy some more! Once I've sorted through the hundreds of photos I took I will be back its a great place and an abundance of birds. Thanks Dean.
Tony Wood
15/02/2017 - 19:19
Spent the day at Dean Mason's Windows on Wildlife hide for a third time yesterday.

Oh where do I start, what a day. Before arrival I had asked Dean if he would be so kind as to source me some lichen branches, "not a problem" was his reply. Dean then asked me what background would I like, a choice of three was given. I kindly asked if it would be possible to use all three throughout the day, his reply was "not a problem".

On arrival at the hide I could see Dean had been busy, as all the backgrounds were pinned up already and a fine selection of lichen branches were to hand. Throughout the day Dean changed backgrounds and branches whenever I had asked without any hesitation.

Oh man do I enjoy these days at the hide, the bird activity and variety is insane. Thanks again Dean for a top day, made even better by the great company with someone that I believe I can now call a true friend.
Ian Moncrieff
13/02/2017 - 21:02
Dean has put a lot of thought into the design, setting and maintenance of this hide. It is well visited by an almost continuous stream of a number of species and the backgrounds and permutations of settings are first class. I used a mix of 500mm f4 and 300mm f2.8 prime lenses and a 200-400 f4 zoom. Dean is on hand to keep the feed replenished and to vary set-ups to suit requirements and experimentation as the day goes on. This hide is good for anyone looking to try a hide for the first time and who wants to see what good looks like with a bird hide. It is also equally good for more experienced photographers looking to capture some different images to their portfolio. The hide is well kept and equipped and hot drink making facilities are a real bonus. Most enjoyable and productive day Dean, thank you.
Peter Stott
10/02/2017 - 08:40
Spent 5 hours in the hide this week. Early morning light lead to softer light later in the morning. The pool is a great set-up with classic shots easy to obtain. Used 300mm and 100-400mm zoom to great effect. Very interesting watching how different birds had repetitive habits, returning to the same point several times to take the food which Dean had put out. So well worth using fixed focussing on one point and waiting for a particular bird to return. I definitely learned a lot about working with such rapidly moving subjects and framing shots. Will return at a different time of year hoping to do better next time. Am looking forward to using Dean's new 'hawk hide' in the summer. PS After the hide we went to nearby Shell Beach to see the murmuration of starlings.
Dee & Stan Maddams
09/02/2017 - 18:19
Amazing day spent at the hide today! Birds non stop - loads of photos to look through. 1st visit but definitely not the last! Would recommend to anyone who likes their bird photography, excellent set up and wonderful host. Thanks for a great time Dean!
David Zinzan
09/02/2017 - 16:26
Had my second visit yesterday. Again it was a fantastic experience and I got some great shots. Thank you Dean for such a wonderful day. I am looking forward to you opening up the Buzzard Hide and will definitely book a visit there.
Alan and Mary Bevis
27/01/2017 - 16:20
We booked a 5 hour session for the 19th of January. Come the day, it was very cold and Dean very kindly phoned us before we left home to say that the reflection pool was frozen hard, so did we still want to come. We decided to go ahead and came home with no regrets whatsoever. We had some amazing shots of birds on the ice sipping water as it melted, and then half way through the session, Dean was able to remove enough of the ice to enable us to get some classic reflection shots. It was an unexpected and very welcome pleasure to have Dean provide us with hot drinks and good company throughout the session. The toilet was also a bonus. To sum up, the whole set-up was well thought out and managed, the seed was replenished as necessary and we came away with many great images. We shall return.
Roger Mullins
18/01/2017 - 11:54
I had booked a day's session at the hide for yesterday. On driving over to Dean's place I wondered if perhaps I should have only booked a half day as I thought maybe a full day will be too long. On arriving there Dean takes over. He assisted me in getting the gear inside, within a few minutes a steaming cup of tea was before me. Then the fun began. Eight hours of non-stop activity before my eyes and camera lens.
The hide has been very well thought out. blacked out inside. Gimbals mounted by the "Windows", so no need for tripods etc.
Tea and coffee provided. Seperate toilet at the rear of the hide. Dean is a very friendly and knowledgeable guy. Very quickly puts you at ease and ensures you make the most of your time there.
Before I left at the end of the day I booked another day with Dean and his hide for March.
Can't wait !
Mel Dorrington
15/01/2017 - 16:35
Had a fantastic morning at this lovely hide. Comfortable, with great hosts. The bird activity was absolutely amazing - can't recommend highly enough! I'm fairly new to the world of photography and still managed some really great shots! As the bird activity is absolutely non stop - there are plenty of opportunities to play around with settings on your camera :-)
John and Sue O'Reilly
11/01/2017 - 19:05
We spent a very pleasurable day yesterday with Dean in his magnificent hide, being keen ametuer photographers we had been looking forward to the day for some weeks and it didn't disappoint. Dean was as good as his word and helped us with our settings and quickly made us feel relaxed, a very nice guy who is easy to talk to and get on with. We thank you most sincerely Dean for such an enjoyable day which we most certainly intend to repeat in the not to distant future.
David Zinzan
04/01/2017 - 21:28
Spent 5 hours in the hide today with Dean. This is a fantastic hide, well equipped and comfortable. The bird activity was incredible. Non stop birds for 5 hours. Dean replenishes the feeders regulary to ensure they keep coming. The reflection pool is fabulous. I will return without a doubt. Book a trip - you will not be disappointed.
Andy webber
30/12/2016 - 17:00
Many thanks to dean for a amazing day on the 28th , cannot begin to tell you what a good day it was plenty of nonstop woodland birds , lovely comfortable hide with added bonus of hot drinks and toilet, can't wait to return to the hide and Dean is a smashing Bloke!
Jackie
27/12/2016 - 21:48
Had an amazing half day in the hide last week with my sister. Dean was full of very helpful information. The birds were brilliant so was the hide and coffee. A brilliant morning
Thank you
Gill and Richard
16/12/2016 - 14:30
We have been photographing wildlife for a number of years in public hides and with our own set ups but have have to say this was a total treat with non stop birds on the excellent reflection pool. The hide is very comfortable and well organised and its brilliant to have a loo. We'll definitely be going again.
Gill Robins
21/11/2016 - 21:45
Hi Dean & Steph
Thank you for a great day yesterday.
It's an amazing hide, one on a kind.
The reflection pool is amazing for photos, the birds were non stop all morning.
I would highly recommend this.
We will be back in the summer next year.
Lynne & Dave
12/11/2016 - 18:46
Wow, Wow, Wow what a superb find, well done Dean & Steph, highly recommend a visit, the reflection pool is superb. From the minute you meet Dean you feel comfortable, what a genuine nice guy, with excellent wildlife and photographic knowledge. The hide is very comfortable with tea facilities and a toilet! Dave and I cant wait to come back.
Dawn Cotterell
06/11/2016 - 13:44
I have just come home from my Visit to the Windows on Wildlife Hide, and oh my god it was just amazing! So much thought has gone into the planning and creation of this set-up. Dean & Steph were both so welcoming and friendly, the cups of tea were a massive bonus to keep our hands warm! We had non-stop visitors to the reflection pool, and I believe I've managed to come away with a lovely set of images from my 2 hours spent in the hide! I will most definately be making a return visit.!
Phil Morgan
05/11/2016 - 21:01
Having just returned from a full day in the hide with Dean, I really cannot recommend it highly enough!
The attention to detail is amazing compared to many rental hides in the UK.
The hide is insulated and heated, with hot tea and coffee on tap, and a ready supply of biscuits!
It is also worth pointing out that there is a very welcome separate toilet located just to the rear of the hide, which again is a detail that I've not come across before at a UK rental hide.
During the course of the day the Nuthatch and Woodpecker were the stars of the show, and performed constantly all day. I would estimate the woodpeckers visited the perches and reflection pool somewhere between 40 and 50 times during my 8 hours in the hide!
Also had Starling, Bluetit, Great tit, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Marsh tit, Siskin and many other species visiting throughout the day!
All in all a great day out that I would highly recommend :)
Martin Black
29/10/2016 - 12:27
Hi Dean
Thanks for a great day yesterday. A well presented and appointed hide. You have obviously thought about what you would like as a visitor. Very welcoming and, and yes one of that burst of shots claimed the Marsh Tit. In fact I probably have two worth working on. Thanks again it was a very worthwhile experience. I will be back to quote a famous phrase.
NIGEL MILLER
27/10/2016 - 21:33
Recently spent a full day in the reflection hide which does not disappoint! First class hide with several cups of tea and thankfully a toilet.A long journey for me but I will certainly return if I am down south again. I am still sorting the shots out but one that I am very happy with is posted on my flicker site " WHITEFEATHER4"please take time out to view the photos, thanks to Dean and Stephanie for a great day hope it grows from strength to strength
Anne Nagle
15/10/2016 - 09:33
Thank you for the wonderful 1 1/2 days in the hide this week.

I felt very well looked after and had excellent sightings. Beautiful set-up.

Regards,

Anne
Tim Martin
14/10/2016 - 09:16
Just had a great 1/2 day at Deans hide, very comfortable with great coffee. The set up is excellent with a profusion of different birds. I took 800plus images and am now going thru them to sort out the best
Thanks Dean
Christopher Hobbs
12/10/2016 - 23:23
Just had a fab day at Deans hide, I would love to go back there again. Dean is very supportive and so helpful and makes a mean cup of coffee.
The set up is the best by fare and knows his stuff down to the ground. Very well done
Garry Chisholm
11/10/2016 - 14:39
Just a perfect day with Dean at his custom built hide which he has designed for photographers totally with photography in mind. The photo opportunities are endless and I really cannot recommend it highly enough. Even if you are not into photography it's worth the visit just to experience British wildlife at its glorious best with woodpeckers and many, many other bird species pretty much on tap. All that plus coffee or tea on tap and the great company of Dean himself - what more could you ask for?
Annah Ross
10/10/2016 - 14:44
The Windows on Wildlife Hide is a jewel amongst those Iíve visited. The experience is enhanced by the company, attentiveness and warmth of Dean whoíll advise and support you throughout your visit, and ensure bate is topped up and pond cleaned. The hide is secluded enough to ensure you wonít be disturbed, yet itís easy to park close by with just a short walk to get to it.

The L shaped hide is a masterpiece of intelligent design with plenty of space, several photo-windows and other facilities for photography as well as a kettle and toilet. In addition, the hide is insulated making it comfortable but without disconnecting you from the natural surroundings.

Outside, the reflection pool is the star attraction with easy viewing for two people. There is also a stone feature, several other posts and pertches, and an additional window opens up on a field with deer, foxes etc

The most striking thing is the variety of visiting birds and seeing them with their reflections in the cleverly constructed reflection pool. The birds seem very comfortable with the hide and because of that the pictures I got were way beyond my expectations. I lost count of the number of birds I saw and at such close quarters. I was thrilled, amongst those that visited were Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Siskin, coal Tit, Great Tit and Blue Tits. And even a pheasant!

It took me a while to come down from the exhilaration of seeing the birds so close up together with the warmth of Dean (and Stephís) support. I am now basking in the glow of the wonderful photographs I took (and my friends acclaim of how great a photographer I must be!). However, be sure to stock up with memory cards and charge spare batteries for your visit Ė I used up both my batteries!
Jim Lodge
27/09/2016 - 12:21
I have been to many hides up and down the country but the windows on wildlife hide must be one of the best. Built by a photographer for photographers, Dean's workshop offerS as little or as much help needed to take stunning pictures of woodland wildlife. Totally recommend this photography workshop.
Tony Wood
27/09/2016 - 11:52
What a fab day spent in Deanís hide. As a complete novice to bird photography I was a little apprehensive at the thought of photographing birds whilst in the company of such a talented photographer as Dean, however I need not have worried as I was made to feel totally at ease right from the start.

On approaching the hide I was immediately overwhelmed by the bird activity that was clearly visible. The hide is comfortable with several vantage points to choose from and a gimbal supplied. Looking out from the hide there is a reflection pool and perches all of which Dean has made a great job of making them look so perfectly natural.

Once I was settled in the hide it was just non-stop action from the off, I felt like a child at Christmas, too frightened to drink the tea that Dean had made me in case I missed a shot. Dean was on hand to name birds that I didnít know the name of. Birds that paid a visit on the day were the Greater spotted Woodpecker, Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Greenfinch, and Nuthatch to name a few.

Anyone wishing to visit the hide will not be disappointed, but please be advised to make sure that you have spare batteries and plenty of space on your memory cards as I took over 6000 images on the day. Rest assured, I will be returning on a regular basis.

Thanks Dean for a fantastic day, you are a true gent.
Pam Donovan & Tim Donovan
27/09/2016 - 09:34
Hi Dean & Steph
Our first visit to your hide was breath taking,we took many image's that we would have found difficult to achieve without the professional work that Dean has done to the hide also the raised reflection pond.
This experience was with out doubt one of the best Wildlife encounters we have ever experienced.You have both worked so very hard together to achieve a friendly,but professional care plan,which offers a wonderful variety of woodland birds in their natural habitat, giving you plenty of opportunities to photograph so amazing images.
Dean your attention to detail with the whole day is to be commended.
We booked for Dean's hide prior to our two week holiday to Dorset,we enjoyed it so much we decided to revisit on the second week, and thankfully Dean could accommodate a revisit.
The second visit was again more than we could have wished for,all birds were so happy to visit their home of paradise that Dean & Steph have created for them.Their love and devotion to wildlife that now the wildlife call their home.
We have visited many different hide but Windows on Wildlife Nature Photography Hide,is a bespoke hide like no other, comfortable seating,numerous viewing windows and a real plus for the ladies it is insulated from the cold,also very comfortable on hot days, it has all been very well thought out, no detail has been missed.
Anyone thinking of a day in paradise! then this is the place for you.
It is PARADISE right here on earth.
Thanks so very much Dean & Steph we will be back very very soon. xx
Kathryn Willett
15/09/2016 - 22:20
I spent 2 days in the hide with Dean and Steph. They've put their heart and soul into this and it's just fabulous. First time photographing wild birds and I came home with so many images i'm chuffed to bits with. Can't recommend highly enough. Dean and Steph are two of the nicest people you could ever meet. I'll be back next year :-)
Dave Green
12/09/2016 - 19:31
Fantastic day spent at Dean and Steph's wonderful hide. Variety of species coming in and out from word go. Great images to be had thanks to the to detail spent constructing the hide and the reflection pool.
Thanks for great hospitality will visit again for sure! Highly recommended
Neil Neville
05/09/2016 - 07:27
Hi Dean, Hi Steph,
Just to say a massive thanks for your wonderful hospitality during my recent visit to see you on the south coast.

Having known Dean through photography for a number of years now I knew that whatever he undertook he would put everything he had into it, his attention to detail is second to none and it shows in every aspect of this terrific set up, as is their passion and knowledge of the wildlife that visits the site.

The hide is expertly built to an extremely high standard, very comfortable indeed and offers views to three different habitats-a reflection pool with hedgerow, an open field on farmland and also a wooded area which I'm sure will attract very different species giving photographers a great variety to photograph.

It is also worth mentioning that due to the hides location close to the south coast there is always the chance of unusual species showing up too, so it would definitely be worth visiting at least once every season, the Spring and Winter should be amazing and I for one will definitely be returning.

Well done guys on a fabulous set up and I sincerely wish you all the best for the future.
Paul Forgham
04/09/2016 - 12:40
I spent a really enjoyable half day at the hide and without hesitation I can highly recommend it. Dean has really worked hard to set this up with so much thought and attention to detail, using his vast knowledge and experience of wildlife photography to produce a hide of the absolute highest quality. He really has thought of everything!

I was able to come away with a bagful of shots that I was really pleased with and Dean was on hand to give help and guidance whenever I needed it. A great experience all round and I'll definitely be visiting again in the near future.
Natalino Fenech
22/08/2016 - 13:36
Reflection pools can be very tricky to set up. the one made by Dean is remarkable in many ways. The hide is also very spacious and comfortable, with regular tea as an added bonus. would love to visit again at a different time of the year for different species.
Debbie Morffew
14/08/2016 - 22:19
Had a lovely day at the hide. Dean and Steph were very welcoming and went out of their way to ensure we were comfortable and to enable us to get some lovely shots. There were a variety of birds who were constant visitors to the lovely reflective pool. We had a constant supply of coffee, friendly chatter, reflective quiet time and came home with some beautiful photos. Can't wait to visit again. If you are thinking about it I would definitely go. It's a big thumbs up from me. 😄
Judith
14/08/2016 - 22:14
A friend and I spent the day in the WoW hide recently and got some great images. It is well equipped and an ideal shooting environment with a variety of different birds visiting at regular intervals. Dean and Steph were very welcoming and accomadating. Thank you!
Rosemary and Ian Locock
09/08/2016 - 16:46
Dean and Steph's hide is second to none. You will seriously struggle and probably fail to find a better one. We've visited a lot of hides and have yet to see one that comes close.
The service they provide totally matches the high quality of the hide and there was almost constant action during our 12 hour stint in the hide.
If you're reading this review to inform a decision on whether to go or not, it's a no-brainer, just go. You'll not be disappointed.
John Fanning
25/07/2016 - 09:51
I had the pleasure of a day out at Dean and Stephís hide yesterday and what a great experience I had. My initial thoughts were ĎwowíÖÖ..this comes from my first impressions when I set eyes on their entirely self built hide and were reiterated as I seen their set-up more closely. Dean and Steph have set this family hide up with the utmost attention to detail in order to allow comfort for their clients and consideration for the wildlife that appears at the hide. An ĎLí shaped hide that offers numerous viewing windows to different aspects (fields and perches) and even upper and lower level viewing windows. It offers comfortable seating and is insulated from the cold (and extreme heat) very well indeed. As far as hides go (Iíve been to a few) this is by far the most comfortable and well thought out. Dean and Steph have spared no expense to build the hide, reflection pool and other perches. They are both very welcoming and present a first class service, changing the perches at their client(s) request. There is tea and coffee on offer and an outside toilet facility. The parking is safe, secure and just a 2 min walk from the hide, which is secluded and absolutely uninterrupted by passers-by, dogs, public etc. As for the wildlife, I shot just short of 2k images and to be honest it was a full-on session with constant visitors to the perches and reflection pool; Iíve never had such a busy shoot, to the extent that I was afraid to go to the loo in case I missed something!! Visitors included numerous woodland birds (I lost count of the variety) and their juveniles (the juvenile Robin was such a highlight for me as they are so photogenic), several Woodpeckers including juveniles and Jays were also a real highlight for me so close up!!. All the birds visit the reflection pool and they squabble too, which forms the basis of some fantastic images. Finally, both Dean and Steph are working tirelessly to introduce more regular species including, owls, foxes, badgers and buzzards, they may even offer some night shoots eventuallyÖÖ Iíll certainly be returning. To finish, I have no association with Dean and Steph, yesterday was the first time I met them, but I was in awe of the effort they have made with this hide. They are extremely genuine and have a passion for wildlife and allowing others to photograph it at close quarters. Kudos to them both. I fully recommend a visit.
John Fanning
23/07/2016 - 09:33
A marvellous website, Dean...a great window for your work and passion. Looking forward to my first visit to your hide....Lets hope we have some decent light too.
Cheers,
John
Brian Barnes
15/07/2016 - 22:55
What a fantastic hide,well worth a visit,I got some wonderful images. Thank you Dean for all your help. Will be back again.
Linda Wright
08/07/2016 - 13:54
I've always wanted to have a go at wildlife photography from a hide. I'd heard they can be uncomfortable, but the day I spent in Dean's hide was a complete surprise. It had comfy seats, gimbal mounts at the windows, tea and biscuits and even a discreet loo round the back! But most importantly, a fabulous reflection pool and a wonderful selection of natural perches. The wildlife was abundant and some of the bird visitors were a first for me. Fantastic value for money and a wonderfully quiet and relaxing day. Thanks, Dean! I'll be back!
Louise Morris
28/06/2016 - 07:08
Spent a really great day with Dean & Steph at the wildlife hide - a WOW place if ever there was! No attention to detail spared and Deans knowledge of his visiting birds is amazing. I wish him & Steph all the luck in the world with this venture and would recommend a visit - or two or three - to anyone!
Gary Davis
06/06/2016 - 20:55
Spent the day with Dean & Stephanie today. This is a 5 star hide. Highly recommend.
James chapman
05/06/2016 - 11:48
Good to see you doing your passion full time now dean although I will miss our chats not about wood, best of luck for the future James c
Nick Holland
01/06/2016 - 11:55
Excellent! Very well designed hide set-up. If you need a fix of GSW, this is the place (along with jay, nuthatch, siskin, bullfinch etc)
The best woodland bird hide I have visited. Highly recommended.
Ann Aveyard
31/05/2016 - 20:21
I had a fantastic afternoon at Dean's Wildlife Photography Hide. Dean was incredibly helpful and accommodating, he cleared the reflection pool of distractions and even moved the branches that the woodpeckers were landing on so that they were in the best light. The hide is well set up and hot drinks were readily available. We were able to photograph a variety of birds. woodpeckers, bull finches, jays and siskin to name a few. My colleague even managed to get a good shot of a fox. I would recommend this hide to anyone who is interested in photographing wildlife and I will certainly be back at a future date. Thank you Dean.
Ed Burrows
26/05/2016 - 10:07
This is a great hide and set up, run by someone who loves nature. There was plenty of activity and it's only going to get better! Dean was there throughout the visit to move props to the best light, and to clear out distractions in the reflection pool, to make sure we got some fantastic images. Thoroughly recommended for a great day out.
Gary Hickson
16/05/2016 - 20:55
I was fortuitous to have been given the opportunity to meet up with Dean Mason, the mastermind behind the 'Windows On Wildlife Nature Hide' to say the hide setup is bordering on perfection would be an understatement, it is better than perfect! Dean couldn't have been more accommodating, his knowledge of the wildlife, along with his passion in making your day a comfortable one in the hide, is something that shouldn't be missed.
Val Saxby
14/05/2016 - 20:48
A fabulous day spent at Dean's wildlife hide in Dorset. Dean has considered everything, and is a wonderful host. Would recommend this hide to all serious nature photographers. Will certainly be back for more. Val
Jayne Bond
13/05/2016 - 22:57
Great visit to Dean's WoW Photography Hide. It's a fantastic set up with a super reflection pool to one aspect and open fields to another aspect. Dean passion for nature is clear in everything he does - a superb host, ensuring we got the shots ....... and he makes a pretty decent cup of coffee too!!! Thank you for a super day Dean.
Sue Veal
13/05/2016 - 20:45
Many thanks Dean for a fantastic day in your hide on 7th May. Wonderful to be with someone so knowledgeable about wildlife. Thanks for being so accommodating and being a great host. Would definitely recommend a day in the hide. Will definitely be seeing you again !!
Linda cruse Stanley
13/05/2016 - 19:31
What a super day with a super host. Couldn't be more accommodating. Pleasure to be sat with somebody who loves nature as much as I do. Def worth the experience . Thank you!
Paul Sorrell
13/08/2014 - 02:43
Love your work, Dean, and the passion and empathy with wild creatures you put into it.
Leigh Lofgren
28/05/2014 - 18:28
Dean, your images are superb and love them all. Great website also.
Look forward to more.
Matt Phillips
14/05/2014 - 08:02
Great pictures
Lorie Lee
25/03/2014 - 15:01
Simply amazing, two thumbs way up!
Gary Mawer
19/03/2014 - 23:08
Awsome photography Dean. You have a gift and know how to use it.
Scott Chappell
19/01/2014 - 22:34
Hi Dean
Enjoyed our chat at HL today. Your website is fabulous and an inspiration to budding wildlife photographers like myself. Thanks for taking the time to advise me on the best locations to photograph the deer.
Arthur
10/01/2014 - 22:12
Hello Dean. It's obvious that you love nature, you present it in your photos in a very sophisticated way Ė you can capture nature's beautiful moments with a great aesthetic feel!

Arthur
Photocompetitor - photo sharing community
Pippa Clark
17/11/2013 - 13:24
What beautiful photos, I am very impressed. I especially love the water voles.
Brian
14/11/2013 - 21:14
What fantastic images Dean, Great work!
dave customwoodgates.co.uk
01/08/2013 - 06:44
Just a pure pleasure ,clear images, fantastic work.
Danny Gibson
28/04/2013 - 17:57
Hi Dean, great site, I stopped by from twitter after seeing some of your posts....inspiring stuff, keep it up!
Jon Hawkins
31/03/2013 - 18:22
Superb photography Dean... you are one of the top wildlife togs in the country mate, love your work..

Jon (SurreyHillsMan)
Surrey Hills Photography
Andy Brown
05/02/2013 - 18:18
Hi Dean,

I've been following you on 500px for a while now and love your images. I saw your Kingfisher shot on the Stour today and wondered where you go to see these? Any tips would be very much appreciated.

Thanks,

Andy
Andy Brown Photography
Johny Wills
29/12/2012 - 16:00
Stumbled on your 500px profile today, stunning shots of kingfishers, would love to capture just one myself :-) lovely website, inspirational photography, love it !!
Phil Morgan
08/10/2012 - 18:10
An inspiring portfolio of stunning images Dean. Keep up the great work.
Jason Fathers
12/09/2012 - 10:47
Dean, some cracking images, look forward to seeing more.
www.wildlifewindows.co.uk
Dave Bartlett
11/09/2012 - 21:42
Great to see this up and running. Superb images as always Dean!
Malcolm (M_squared)
10/09/2012 - 17:27
A mass of superb images.
Easy to navigate and I could listen all day.
Alison and John Palmer
06/09/2012 - 22:09
Superb website Dean - absolutely LOVE the images.....a great pleasure to view! Look forward to seeing more!