Our Field Sales Events run throughout the year and cover many areas of the country. They allow thousands of people each year to buy optical equipment satisfied that the telescope or binocular they have chosen is the right one for their needs. Because they have tested it themselves under actual field conditions in a country park or nature reserve, with expert assistance from our non-commission based staff to help them make the right choice.
Our field events are open from 10am to 4pm, we accept all major credit cards and part exchange is always considered. Please click on the area where you live to see our Events Calendar – there should be one near you.
If you need more information or have a particular requirement, please contact us before the event by telephoning your nearest in focus shop (telephone numbers are on the shop page).
North & Midlands
HAUXLEY NATURE RESERVE, Northumberland
Located on the coast just east of the A1068 one mile south of Amble. Follow the road through High Hauxley, then turn off right towards the Caravan Park. Fork right again to the reserve car park, events are held in the visitor centre. Free parking, information, toilets and wheelchair access. Part of a complex of wetland reserves in Druridge Bay managed by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust (NU285023) Tel No 01665 711578
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LOW BARNS NATURE RESERVE
(Durham Wildlife Trust), DL14 0AG
On the banks of the River Wear 3 miles West of Bishop Auckland, Low Barns is a place where you can get close to nature. The bird feeding station is always busy with life, from blue tits to tree creepers. There are bird hides across the site, with views across lakes and reed beds where kingfishers and, if you’re lucky, otters and perhaps over wintering bitterns can be seen. The board walk puts you face to face with the birds and aquatic life at the heart of a reed bed and there are quiet spots along the banks where you can sit and wait for the wildlife of the river to come to you. Low Barns has a good network of surfaced footpaths and level terrain making it accessible for all and there’s a free to use mobility scooter available at the visitor centre. It’s always a good idea to call in at the centre at the start of your visit to check up on the latest sightings and definitely a good idea to call in to get some refreshments after you’ve explored the site– hot drinks or ice creams, all weather conditions are covered! Events are held at the Durham Wildlife Trust Centre viewing tower. Free parking, information, refreshments, toilets and wheelchair access. Tel 01388 488728
NORTH CAVE WETLANDS
(Yorkshire Wildlife Trust)
North Cave Wetlands, although a former sand and gravel quarry, is now a thriving oasis of wildlife.A mixture of shallow and deep water lakes and reedbeds provide outstanding habitat for passage, breeding and wintering wildfowl, waders, terns and gulls. A 2km perimeter path gives access around the established nature reserve and four large hides are positioned to give excellent viewing over key areas for birdwatchers and photographers alike.
Shallow gravel islands have been created in three lakes to provide breeding grounds for little ringed and ringed plovers, avocet, oystercatcher, lapwing and common tern. There is a resident population of tufted duck, gadwall, great crested and little grebe and sometimes shoveler. In spring and autumn small numbers and migrant wading birds pass through. Reed and sedge warblers and reed buntings are common in and around the reedbed and north side of the nature reserve.
Events are held in the Crosslands Hide at the end of Dryham Lane
RAINTON MEADOWS NATURE RESERVE (Durham Wildlife Trust), DH4 6PU
A place for all the family to enjoy, Rainton Meadows is conveniently located between Durham and Sunderland, well signposted from the A690. A showcase for nature’s power to restore and rejuvenate, the Trust has helped transform this former surface coal mine into lakes, wetlands, woodlands and grasslands. The members bird hide over the main lake (ask DWT about getting a key) is where to get a good look at waders and wildfowl and the footpaths and ponds are great places for dragonflies and butterflies in the summer. The site has different routes to take, so you can decide whether you’d prefer a short stroll or to explore further before coming into the centre and trying out the Meadows Cafe. And when the young ones have enjoyed a taste of nature let them loose on the outdoor Wild Play area, with logs, slides and climbing nets to keep them active.
THE BARN AT BEAL
The Barn At Beal stands in a National Nature Reserve within an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with magnificent views of Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle to the East, Ross Sands and Bamburgh Castle to the South East, and Goswick Sands to the North. Add to this the excellent Restaurant, Coffee Shop and Bar, and this is a great place to try out binoculars and telescopes in “field conditions”.
WASHINGTON WWT, Co Durham
The reserve is located just south of the A1231 just east of Washington in District 15. It is one mile from the A19 and 4 miles from the A1 and is well signposted from the A195, A19, A182 and the A1231. Buses run to Waterview Park, a 200m walk from the centre, from Newcastle, South Shields, Durham, Sunderland and Washington. Free parking, restaurant, toilets and full wheelchair access. Entrance is free to WWT members though there is a charge for non-members.
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WOLSELEY CENTRE, nr Rugeley, Staffordshire
The Wolseley Centre – Situated in a beautiful part of Staffordshire, between Stafford and Rugely. The Wolseley Centre affords good viewing/parking and has a friendly little Cafe
South & East
|ARUNDEL WWT, West Sussex
Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Mill Road, Arundel. Signposted from A27. Parking. Refreshments. Toilets. Suitable for disabled. Events usually from The Peter Scott Hide. Free access to in focus Visitors (ask at gate house).
|FARMOOR RESERVOIR Oxford|
|RYE HARBOUR NR, East Sussex
Local Management Committee. From A259 coast road, west of Rye centre, Reserve is signposted. Car park. Toilets. Weather/season determines working location, but all suitable for disabled.
|SANDWICH BAY OBSERVATORY, Kent
From the town head towards Sandwich Bay and the golf courses. When reaching the Toll gate either park outside of the gate and walk 400 yards to the Observatory or pay the £1 toll fee [refundable against purchases over £100].
|SEVENOAKS WILDLIFE CENTRE, Kent
Situated just 2 miles south of the M26/M26 west end junction. Follow the A25 south to the Reserve. For further information call Keith on 07533698198 or Google map
Thatcham Discovery Centre – Situated close to Newbury, the Centre is easily accessed just off the A4. The Visitor Centre is wheelchair friendly and refreshments are available. 10.30 till 4.
|WELNEY WWT, Norfolk
South & West
|BLASHFORD LAKES, Ringwood, Hampshire
(Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust)Blashford Lakes is 2 miles north of Ringwood on the A338, turn right (east) onto Ellingham Drove, the reserve entrance is after 500 yards with main car park to the left and Education Centre to the right. Main car park is at SU151083. Please follow In Focus signs.
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Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve lies within a stones throw of Christchurch in Dorset. The Reserve Car Park is 50 yards to the East of The Ship in Distress Pub in Stanpit Village. The Optics day is held in the Visitor Centre, a 5 minute walk.
Dawlish Warren – Sits in the mouth of the River Exe on its west shore. Well signposted from the M5. You will find us at the Visitor Centre, a two minute walk from the Car Park
|EXMOUTH NATURE RESERVE,
Exe Estuary, South DevonA376 Exeter to Exmouth road. Over first roundabout (seafront). At second roundabout turn right into The Royal Avenue (stations, etc.). Left turn to Pay-and-Display parking. Event from Waterfront Sports lockup garage, with excellent views over River Exe. Toilets next door. Suitable for disabled.
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|PORTLAND BIRD OBSERVATORY, Dorset
Old Lower Light, Portland Bill Southern end of Portland Bill. Parking. Toilets. Steps to viewing area. Viewing over shrubs, fields and sea.
|STEART MARSHES WWT, Somerset
Wales & Scotland
From J47 on the M4 take the A438, after 1¼ miles turn right onto the A484. Follow the A484 for 4½ miles turn left and follow the signs to the WWT reserve. Events are held at the WWT Penclacwydd Main Building or in the Marsh Hide depending on the weather!
|CAERLAVEROCK WWT, Dumfries and Galloway
The reserve lies 9 miles south east of Dumfries. Follow the tourist signs from the A75 west of Annan or from St Michael’s Church in Dumfries. The visitor centre has a shop and café and they’re also toilet facilities. There is wheelchair access to the centre and the main hides. Entrance to WWT members is free although there is a charge for non members