11 October 2017
The Secret Lives of Heathland Birds
John Eyre, Editor of “Hampshire Bird Atlas”
John is a Hampshire birder, partner in 2Js Ecology, trustee British Birds. He has a particular interest in Heathland birds plus photography, travel and golf.
8 November 2017
Life’s tough at the top
Brian Pettit, Wildlife Photographer
Brian is a very experienced wildlife photographer and speaker. Visit his website for more information on his work and expertise.
13 December 2017
The New Forest – Home of the Hunting Harrier
Andy Lester, Chartered Environmentalist, Conservation Director for A Rocha UK
A Chartered Environmentalist, Andy Lester has a background in ecology, economics and the corporate sector. With the assistance of specialist staff, interns and community volunteers, Andy has led conservation work at A Rocha UK‘s nature reserves Wolf Fields and Foxearth Meadows.
10 January 2018
Mike Grimshaw, Lecturer, Naturalist, Photographer and Leader of RSPB Guildford & District Local Group
14 February 2018
Wildlife Wanderings from Penguins to Puffins
Richard Coomber, Wildlife Photographer and Tour Leader, Ornitholidays
Richard, as well as being a member of the RSPB New Forest Local Group, is a principal tour leader with Ornitholidays and has travelled extensively throughout the seven continents
14 March 2018
Wildlife of a Working Forest (New Forest)
Mike Read, Wildlife Photographer, Author and Tour Leader
Mike is a freelance nature photographer specialising in birds, flowers, mammals, other wildlife and landscapes. He lives on the edge of the fabulous New Forest National Park in southern England and has a wide range of wildlife, traditions and views from this unique area. He has worked as a freelance photographer for over 35 years and has consequently built up a huge library of stunning images which are available as prints or for publication. Website
11 April 2018
Inspired by Birds
Peter Holden MBE, Author and Conservationalist
Peter has been passionate about birds and wildlife for as long as he can remember. He was a senior manager for the RSPB for over 40 years, and while running the RSPB’s junior membership he devised the ever popular Big Garden Birdwatch which has grown into the largest wildlife survey in the world!
Peter’s activities are dedicated to taking the magic of wildlife to new audiences. For many years he advised BBCs Blue Peter and often appeared in their garden! In 1994-5 he joined Bill Oddie in a BBC 1 series called Bird in the Nest and more recently has contributed to Springwatch.
He has written many books, including the RSPB Handbook to British Birds, RSPB Handbook of Garden Wildlife and Birds: a Hidden World.
He was awarded an MBE in 2009 for services to Nature Conservation and elected a Fellow of the RSA.
9 May 2018
A.G.M. and Members’ Evening
13 June 2018
Catalonia – Spain’s North Eastern corner
Gordon Small, Wildlife Photographer
12 September 2018
Sights & Sounds of Nature
John Coombes, Wildlife Photographer and Lecturer
John has been interested in nature and photography for over 30years. A business studies lecturer for 31 years, but after early retirement he is now self-employed as a wildlife photographer and lecturer concentrating on giving presentations to local clubs and societies and running photographic workshops/courses. He also does his own wildlife sound recording and music production as part of his presentations.
Early interests in wildlife photography were concentrated on close-up work with insects and flowers, but he now covers all aspects of UK wildlife as well as landscapes. Recent visits to the Canary Islands and Cyprus have widened his horizons still further. Living on the edge of the New Forest and near the Purbeck coast provides a constant source of photographic inspiration and the main focus of his photography.
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