This week our members were treated to a delightful talk by David Taylor of Pikelow Farm, Marton, Macclesfield.
David is a retired dairy farmer who still lives in his farmhouse surrounded by some fantastic countryside. His location is unique as it is surrounded by woodland and fields but also has the added attraction of a number of man-made fishing pools. The farm caters for fly and coarse fishing but the location has a number of bird hides located next to feeding stations.
David’s talk was nicely illustrated with some of his best photographs of wild birds captured from the hides around his farm. David explained the layout of the hides in relation to the pools and woodland and took the group on a photographic journey of each hide and what we could expect to see from it. The images were beautifully taken whetting the appetites of everyone in the audience.
After tea, David continued with his presentation offering practical advice as to how he achieved each shot by enticing the nature close to the hides. The wildlife did not just stop at bird photography. David proudly exhibited images of boxing hares, hedgehogs and a weasel.
This was a wonderful, informative presentation where the audience was entranced by the potential imagery to be taken. Unbelievably, I could not believe this facility is practically on our doorstep and with an entrance fee of £20 per person is very reasonable when compared to similar facilities around the country.
More information about Pikelow Farm can be found on their website - Marton Heath Trout Pools