10 of the best places to Photograph Wildlife in the UK (Part 2)

Posted on 26/04/2016

The UK is full of amazing wildlife, and it also proves that you don’t need to go on safari to see awesome animals in their natural habitat.

The Guardian recently chose their 10 best places to photograph wildlife in the UK, and here at ViewRanger we thought it would be a great idea to share some routes that incorporate these areas, giving you the best of both worlds: walking and wildlife!


Check out part 1 for more wildlife walks. 


6. Donna Nook, Lincolnshire

Difficulty: Unrated

Length: 1 mile

By Jim Storer


During November and December thousands of Grey Seals can be seen in this wild breeding colony, giving you the perfect opportunity to photograph new born pups, a short walk, but can be extended to incorporate more of the surrounding area.

Download it here. 

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7. Snettisham, Norfolk (£)

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 10.63 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd


This route takes you through a variety of landscapes while giving you the opportunity to discover some of the amazing local wildlife. You’ll pass a number of wading birds, pink-footed geese, golden plovers and knot gatherers, all of which regularly feed on the mud flats of the estuary. And as this route is from Norfolk, it is very flat, making it suitable for the family!

Download it here

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8. Lackford Lakes, Suffolk

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 0.67 miles

By Discover Suffolk


This trail is an easy walk that showcases the Lackford Lakes and its hidden gems. The many accessible hides are prime spots for photographing kingfishers, summer hobbies (small falcons), early morning stoats and the occasional barn owl.

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9. Minsmere, Suffolk

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 2.2 miles

By BBC Countryfile Magazine


Take this east coast Suffolk route through the grassland and wet woodland to see birds such as the nightjar and the Dartford warbler. The BBC have used the surrounding area as a base for Springwatch in recent years and it’s not surprising why: no matter the season, there is wildlife to be found and to photograph.

Download it here.

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10. Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire

Difficulty: Medium

Length: 3.74 miles

By BBC Countryfile Magazine


A nature reserve since 1959, Skomer Island lets you get up close with Puffins, Grey Seals, and a whole host of birds. The route itself is not too challenging as it is mainly based on a coastal footpath. A perfect place for wildlife lovers old and new, to discover what the UK has to offer.

Download it here.

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Visit ViewRanger for more routes in the UK and abroad!


The original article was produced by Andrew Marshall for The Guardian Travel.







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