Programme 2015-16


14 October
English Wildlife Autumn and Winter
David Kjaer – wildlife photographer

David has been photographing wildlife for approx 35 years and turned professional 16 years ago following a 30 year career as a Police Officer in the Wiltshire Constabulary. His work has been published in numerous books, calendars, cards, newspapers and magazines around the world. Website

11 November
New Forest Birds of Prey
Andy Page – Head Keeper, Forestry Commission

Andy has been actively involved with the RSPB’s New Forest “Date with Nature” project since its inception and has located and placed cameras in the nests of Goshawks, Hobbies and other birds.

9 December
Christmas Social

A evening of chat, quizzes, mulled wine and mince pies


13 January
A Sub-Antarctic Experience – The Prince Edward Islands
Neil Gartshore – wildlife photographer/writer/publisher

Neil has been a birdwatcher since an early age and began working in nature conservation management in 1983. His first conservation job was as a warden on the National Trust’s Farne Islands from 1983-85. In early 1986 he moved to South Africa and spent two years as a research field assistant for the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, which included 14-months on the Sub-Antarctic Prince Edward Islands studying seabirds. Returning to the UK, he worked on contract for the RSPB from 1988 (Coquet Island, Mawddach Valley and Minsmere) before moving to a permanent post at Arne in Dorset in March 1991. He remained at Arne, progressing to the post of Senior Warden, until 2005 when he took on the role of the Dorset Reserves Manager. He left the RSPB in July 2006 to follow other interests. He now runs his own specialist natural history bookselling business (Calluna Books), offers walks/tours in Dorset and further afield, writes (he is the author of ‘Best Birdwatching Sites: Dorset’) and gives natural history talks.He is a former Dorset County Bird Recorder and is currently Chairman of the Dorset Bird Club.

10 February
Butterflies of Hampshire
Andy Barker – Senior Tutor in Ocean Sciences at the National Oceanography Centre at Southampton University

Andy was born and brought up on a working farm, where a life-long passion for butterflies, moths, and conservation began. Actively involved with Butterfly Conservation at local, regional and national level since 1985. Particular interests in butterfly surveys, monitoring and management of chalk grasslands. Currently Chairs the national Conservation Strategy Committee, and has extensive experience of working with volunteers.

9 March
History and Wildlife of Martin Down
Paul Toynton

Formerly Nature Conservancy Council warden at Martin Down

13 April
Svarlbard – Life on the edge of the Arctic
Gordon Small

Apart from being an active member of the RSPB New Forest Local Group, Gordon is a well traveled and experienced wildlife photographer. Website

11 May
A.G.M. and Members Evening

Please let Gordon Small know by 13 April 2016 if you will be taking part – images, videos, short talks, etc welcomed.

 8 June
A Meander Down a Chalk Stream – a Mayfly’s View
Martin de Retuerto – Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust – Area Head of Conservation

14 September
Nature of Vercours
Mike Read – local wildlife photographer/author

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