Dates & Prices


Dates: 27th & 28th July 2024

Price per day: £125 Places available

Price for both days: £200

Price Includes:  Services of the guide

Not Included: Food, drinks and any other personal items

Conservation Donation: Buglife

Leader(s): Paul Fraser

Group Size: Minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 guests plus 1 leader

Holiday Highlights

  • Learn about and practice macro photography in the field, on a fun & informative workshop in Scotland
  • Guidance from photographer & Buglife Ambassador Paul Fraser
  • Small group so everyone can get the most out of the workshop & our impact on sensitive habitats is kept manageable
  • Slow pace – spend the session on one of two of Paul’s favourite sites where a whole host of wonderful photographic subjects can be found
  • Tuition & guidance to suit all levels – including basics of macro photography, composition & more

A fun & informative macro photography workshop with photographer & Buglife Ambassador Paul Fraser

Workshop Guide

Paul Fraser studied Marine and Freshwater Biology before going on to study for an MSci in Fisheries Management. After graduating from the University of Glasgow, Paul went on to work as a Freshwater Biologist and later an Aquatic Ecologist. Whilst identifying aquatic invertebrates via microscopy work, Paul realised he was captivated and awestruck by the details he could see whilst working up-close with invertebrates. During 2020, because of the Covid Pandemic, Paul was confined to working from home. It was during this time he took up macro-photography in his garden to keep his passion for insects alive and to educate his young children on the mini beasts they encountered each day. Since then, his love for photography and insects has really pushed him to develop his skills in macro-photography.

Paul recently won WeNaturalists ‘Photographer of the Year 2023’ for his insect-macro-photography. His photography has been featured by the BBC, Glasgow Times, and he has had written articles about his passion for insect-photography featured in The Metro and The Herald. He recently became an Ambassador for the wildlife charity Buglife too!

Join macro photographer Paul Fraser on one of his favourite Scottish nature reserves, for a creative & fun photography workshop!

If you’ve ever looked at insects as a child and found yourself being inspired and fascinated and want to recapture that mesmerising wonder, then this is the tour for you.

Join award-winning photographer Paul Fraser, who will take you on a trip to rediscover your love affair with these fantastic beasties that share our world. Paul will guide you at one of his favourite areas, for a creative & fun photography workshop!

Furthermore, as an educator, Paul is never happier than when he has helped improve or expand others photography skills and creativity.

We will be exploring Cashel Forest in Rowardennan. Cashel Forest is found on the banks of Loch Lomond and has been described as a “hidden gem” and “one of the most beautifully undiscovered attractions in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park”. The site itself contains circa 300ha of ancient and new native woodland and offers a variety of habitats for wildlife to exploit. Visit Scotland have stated that “this unique site offers visitors the chance to experience some of the finest wildlife that Scotland has to offer”. Species of interest at Cashel include, Large Red Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Woodland Dor Beetle, Rough Violet Ground Beetle, Banded Sexton Beetle, Shore Sexton Beetle, Lesser Vespillo Burying Beetle, Two Banded Longhorn Beetle, European Glow Worm, Green Tiger Beetle. There is also numerous shield bug, ladybird, bee, wasps, hoverflies, moths, and butterflies.  Outwith the amazing macro-photography opportunities, the site also contains Badgers, Pine Marten, Otters, Red Squirrels, and dense population of Adders.


We will be exploring Flanders Moss in Stirlingshire. Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve (NNR) is a vast expanse of all things damp and wonderful. As one of the largest remaining intact raised bogs in Britain, Flanders Moss is a wild and ancient landscape. It is also one of the most intact raised bogs in Europe and has many of the classic raised bog features. The site is unique in that it has hardly changed for thousands of years. As well as being an important habitat for wildlife, Flanders Moss also plays a key role for carbon sequestration acting as a carbon sink. The surface of the moss is a mosaic of sphagnum mosses and other specialist plants and animals adapted to a land that is mostly water. The bog is home to many species of invertebrates, especially moths: 215 species of moth have been recorded here, including rare species such as Birch Gall Moth and the Rannoch brindled beauty. Other insect species of interest are Tiger Beetles, Northen Emerald Dragonfly, Bog Sun Jumping spider, Emerald Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly, Green Hairstreak Butterfly, Reed Beetles, Common Hawkers, Drinking Moth Caterpillar, and Nursery Web Spider. In addition, there are a wide variety of wasps, rove beetles, weevils, hoverflies, and bees.

These workshop days will not be species specific. Instead, we will spend the day out in the field looking for a variety of different species. However, visiting the waterbodies early in the day usually produces good results with various damselfly and dragonfly species.

The workshop is designed to be of benefit for people at the start of their macro-photography journey. However, anyone is welcome at any level with their macro-photography. Paul will show the types of apertures, shutter speeds, and ISO he uses for his style of macro-photography. He will also look to cover, field craft, essential equipment, and give hints and tips for editing.

Format of the day:

Arrival at Cashel Forest/Flanders Moss and welcome. Please arrive in the car park by 5:45am at the latest, Paul will be there to meet you.

  • 6am Short briefing about the day
  • Then we will head out on site for the duration of the workshop
  • 1pm Finish

What To Bring

Camera(s), lenses (ideally a macro lens), flash, diffuser, memory card (s), spare camera/flash battery (ies), lens wipes.

Outdoor clothing – waterproofs, fleeces, good and sturdy outdoor shoes, it can be very chilly at that time in the morning.

Lunch/snacks/drink – these are not provided for this workshop.

Important Information Including Health & Safety

  • Please DO NOT leave any valuables in the car or leave anything visible.
  • There may be ticks present so please be mindful of this.
  • If it’s a clear sunny day, please bring sunscreen/hat as parts of the reserve are exposed to the elements.
  • There are NO facilities (Flanders Moss) at the reserve, please make a pit stop if needed before hand.
  • It can be wet first thing so it’s worth brining waterproofs, especially trousers.
  • The ground can be uneven in places, but it is flat, we will be taking it very slow, so we don’t miss anything.

Contact us now to find out more or reserve places on what we expect to be a very popular workshop!

Format of the day:

Arrival at Cashel Forest/Flanders Moss and welcome. Please arrive in the car park by 5:45am at the latest, Paul will be there to meet you.

  • 6am Short briefing about the day
  • Then we will head into the reserve for the duration of the workshop
  • 1pm Finish

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