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Woodland Photo Walk Ryton Wood SSSI

  • Warwickshire A423 Ryton-on-Dunsmore, England, CV8 3EP United Kingdom (map)
A423Ryton-on-Dunsmore, England, CV8 3EPUnited Kingdom
Alan Ranger Photography(44)
Warwickshire Woodland Photo Walks
10.00 20.00
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Ryton Wood

Dunsmore, Warwickshire

One of the country's largest surviving semi-natural ancient woodland

History of Ryton Wood

Although part of Ryton Wood was lost to sand and gravel extraction in the 1960s, the wood has been returned to its present excellence though traditional management practices, and is one of the county's largest surviving semi-natural ancient woodlands.

Ryton Wood covers 85 hectares, has been designated as an SSSI and boasts an extensive list of notable species.

Parts of Ryton Wood date back to the 11th century, so the land may have been wooded since the end of last ice age. Finding coppiced, small-leaved lime stools is evidence to support this. Once the most common tree 5,000 years ago, the species is no longer so common. Huge ditches also indicate the wood’s ancient, medieval boundaries.

Forty or so species of tree and shrub have been identified, with oak the dominant tree. An abundance of honeysuckle, our county flower, scrambles through the lower-growing hazel - enjoy its sweet perfume on summer days.

What's it like to visit?

In Spring primrose, wood anemone and yellow pimpernel carpet the woodland floor. The rides though the wood are grassy and bright, bringing extra light for plants such as barren strawberry and common spotted orchid. Broad-leaved helleborine grows well at the dappled edges of the rides. In the large, clear glades there are fabulous bluebell displays.

For bug-lovers there is plenty of variety to be found in the wood plus its one of the best sites for butterflies in Warwickshire. Species to be seen include white admiral, purple hairstreak and silver-washed fritillary. Regular recordings of moths have recognised an impressive 570 species, of which four are nationally scarce.

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Please read my terms and conditions before booking as you will be bound by them upon receipt of money paid.

  • Price includes all tuition

  • Price excludes parking fees where applicable

  • Cancellation or Bad Weather

    • On the rare occasion that severe weather conditions prevent any of the photography workshops from safely or practically going ahead, other dates will be offered if a 1 day, 4hr or 2.5hr event.

  • Other Info

    • Participants are responsible for attending with appropriate footwear and are responsible for their own equipment.

    • Under 16's welcome but must be accompanied by a paying adult.

    • All bookings must be made in advance through Alan Ranger Photography website

    • Bookings are confirmed within 24hrs & joining instructions will be emailed out 4-7 days prior to event date.

    • Optional post workshop image review and feedback on your images



Woodlands, trees and nature have always been a source of inspiration, therapy and photography for me. I am always drawn to trees wherever I am photographing so I have decided to make 2019 the year I spend even more time amongst trees and in the woodlands.

I want to share and enjoy the tranquility of our woodland environments with others so am listing twelve monthly photo walks (one each month, on the first Tuesday of the month) around twelve different woodland habitats across Warwickshire and the West Midlands. The locations are renowned for interest and variety so offer something for every interest (abstract, macro, nature portrait, vista, cameo shot) throughout the year.

My aim is not to instruct you what to shoot, instead I want to help you develop your own sense of visual awareness, photographic eye and your personal interpretation. I will be happy to help you with the “how to shoot” whatever it is you feel drawn to and wish to express through your creative vision using the camera to construct your intention.

“Give a man a fish you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish you feed them for life.”

Forest Bathing

This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy, the medicine of simply being in the forest. Shinrin-yoku is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.

The walks around these selected woodlands are aimed to promote our senses and connection to trees/woodland/nature - as we walk, observe and take in our environment we may decide to make a photograph, or not.

“The most beautiful gift of nature is that it gives one pleasure to look around and try to comprehend what we see.” Albert Einstein

On this workshop Alan will guide you through:

  • focusing and depth of field

  • tonal range and shadow and highlight recognition

  • composition and designing the shot

  • Dealing with various lighting scenarios

  • Abstract, Macro, Cameo/Portraits of woodland scenes, ICM or whatever you want to explore and learn.


  • 8:30 - Meet at designated meeting point

  • 8:30/8:45 - Introduction and preparation and set-up

  • 8:45-10:45 - Walk around woods observe, shoot/review images

  • 11:00 - Event end and option to go on to a cafe if nearby/wanted.


Fitness Level Required - Easy

This trip is rated as easy, meaning that most people with average fitness should comfortably be able to deal with the short walks (20mins) and occasional steps or gradients involved.

Experience Level - Beginner to Advanced

  • The class and workshop are suitable for any level, including beginners. Ideally you will understand exposure, aperture and be shooting in Aperture Priority or Manual Exposure mode.

  • All participants receive 1-2-1 tuition and support on practical workshops so that tutoring can be tailored to the individuals needs and experience.

  • You will be provided an electronic guide beforehand to set your camera up in preparation and ensure you have everything required

Equipment for this workshop

What to bring:

  • Your camera, fully charged battery and spare battery if you have one.

  • Remote Release Cable to take/time shots without touching the camera.

  • Any lens is suitable as there are always a range of shots to be taken using macro, telephoto and sometimes wide angle.

  • Tripod - Recommended but not essential unless you want to do macro or shots using telephoto focal lengths

  • Sensible footwear – it can sometimes be muddy and sticky underfoot so walking boots or trainers with good grip are recommended.

  • A large sandwich bag and an elastic band to wrap around your camera and lens if we have light rain

  • Water, snacks or whatever you need for the event duration

  • Raincoats or equivalent – we might catch a shower!

If you have any specific questions regarding equipment please contact me directly or take a look at my recommended products page.



Ryton Wood, Dunsmore, Coventry, Warwickshire




No prior knowledge of photography is required as each student will be taught individually, according to their level.

  • Recognise correct lighting, contrast and texture to shape and form each shot.

  • Learn the impact of using long exposure, shallow depth of field and other techniques.

  • Work with Alan to review your shots, accept new ideas and improve your photography.