FAQ

 

GENERAL

Q: When can I visit Wild Brown Bear Centre?

 

A:For European Brown Bear between 1st April - 1st October. For Wolverine and Wolf between 1st March - 1st October.

Q: What 3 things are most important at Wild Brown Bear Centre?

 

A:

1) To maintain the surrounding environment as to ensure completely ‘Wild’ and ‘Natural’ photographs.

2) Feeding by foot everyday in multiple places. This maintains the animals movement around the area, giving every hide many photo opportunities.

3) Cleaning and preparing the hides straight after use. By doing so, your hide will be odourless and comfortable for every night of your stay.

 

Q: When is the BEST time to visit Wild Brown Bear Centre?

 

A: Each season offers a huge variety of opportunities for watchers and photographers. Look ‘here’ for more information about each season, and think about what backdrop, climate and environment you wish to see.

 

Q: How does accommodation work?

 

A: Unless you are staying for only 1 night in the hide, we strongly recommend you book an ‘Accommodation Package’ for each day of your stay. After spending a exciting night in the hide, you will appreciate having somewhere to rest, wash and eat.

 

WILDLIFE

 

Q: Are the Bears dangerous?

 

A: Bears are in fact very timid and cautious animals, and will avoid human conflict at all cost. This is why it is important to be silent and make slow movements, not to attract, but to scare away the wildlife. There has never been a serious case concerning Bears at any Finnish wildlife watching organisation.

 

Q: Apart from European Brown Bears, what other wildlife could I see?

 

A: A large quantity of species have been seen in the surrounding area. Some of the frequent visitors are; Wolverine, Wolf, Red Fox, White-Tailed Eagle, Black Woodpecker, GS Woodpecker and numerous water birds.

 

Q: Is it guaranteed that I will see the three main predators, Bear, Wolverine and Wolf?

 

A: Although we provide a very successful feeding strategy, as we are reliant on ‘Nature’, it is impossible to guarantee witnessing these species on a given night. Therefore we recommend spending a minimum of 3 nights in the hides, giving you an approximate value of: 95% to see Bears, 85% to see Wolverine and 60% to see Wolves.

 

Q: What is used to feed the predators?

 

A: We use a meat based feed, as this insures minimum levels of Gulls are present. We feed by foot, and place small portions at approximately 50 different locations around the hides. The predators are very mobile around the area, giving you more possibilities.

 

 

HIDES

Q: Which hide is the best?

 

A: Hide selection is strongly based on personal preference. By investigating the Hide Map you can better understand your options. Every hide provides almost unlimited photographic opportunities, as each night is so unique. For your first visit Hides 1-6 offer a good starting point with a wide angle of view over the wetland and forest edges.

 

Q: How large is the pond the hides are situated near to?

 

A: The small pond is approximately 40m in length and 20m in width. From hides 2-5 the opposite bank is 15-20m away.

 

Q: Is any photographic equipment included in the hides?

 

A: No, we provide only 3/8” Mounting screws, which can be used to secure a; Ball-head, Gimbal mechanism, or any other tripod head, to the timber frame inside the hide. You can also use your tripod due to the front sloping design of the hides.

 

Q: Which lenses should I pack for my visit?

 

A: Although almost any focal length can be used successfully, the most common lenses used are 300mm with perhaps a 1.4x Tele-convertor added. A 500mm lens on a full-frame body will have a Bear fill the frame across the small pond. While a 300mm lens on a full-frame body will show the predators amongst the landscape.