Events

BRUSH UP ON YOUR BIRDWATCHING

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Based on the November 2020 lockdown rules, we'll be offering one to one walks, to help you with your bird identification.

With over 40 years of birding experience around the world, Ashley will help you learn how to tell the different birds apart by sight and song, while also considering habitat, time of year and behaviour to aid your identification.

Venues for the walks are carefully chosen for seeing a good variety of birds, but also to take into consideration social distancing and to avoid large numbers of people.

Dates and venues for the walks are mutually agreed to best suit your availability and location, or the types of birds you might be keen to see.

The cost is £30 for a one to one, with each walk lasting approximately 3 hours and you'll be provided with a list of the species seen by email afterwards to help you remember what you encountered.

An additional charge may be payable to cover Ashleys travel costs.

Contact Ashley to make an appointment, by either using the contacts page of this website, or email directly to experiencenaturetours@gmail.com


BURBAGE - Digital Image Lecture - Wonderful Winter Wildlife

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Monday 9th November 2020 CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19

Whatever the British winter throws at us, we always have some incredible wildlife around us to help us through to the warmer months.

The British Isles plays host to many birds during this season, with huge numbers of wildfowl arriving and wading birds putting on spectacular shows with flocks of thousands filling the skies around the coast.

The winter Thrush’s, Waxwings and other visitors add colour to chilly days and we can attract these and other visitors to the garden as the temperatures drop outside.

This talk will hopefully give a solution the the winter blues and encourage you out and about to explore what special wildlife we have close by.

This talk is to be held at All Saints Church Hall, Church Street, Sapcote, Leicester LE9 4FG. On behalf of Burbage Bird Club.

7pm for an 7.30pm Start, non members welcome.

BURBAGE BC


STOCKPORT - Lecture - Crane Spotting...

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Monday 16th November 2020 CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19

Spring each year sees Lake Hornborgan in Sweden, play host to one of the most amazing wildlife spectacles to be witnessed in Europe, with in excess of 20,000 Common Cranes flocking here to feed, before dispersing to breed in Northern Europe. These majestic birds pair up here and can be seen performing there energetic courtship dances among the masses.

Large numbers of other wildfowl remain to breed around the lake including Whooper Swans, Pintail, Wigeon and various Geese. But this area is also well blessed with Grebes, Red-necked, Slavonian, Little & Great-crested breed here, with Black-necked passing through at this time.

This talk will show you what a 'must visit' destination this is, offering not only the amazing sights and sounds of the Cranes, but other special bird species like, Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Black Woodpecker, Eagle Owl and Hawfinch, plus mammals to include Beaver, Red Squirrel and Moose.

This talk is to be held on behalf of High Peaks local RSPB group, at Marple senior citizens hall, memorial park, Marple. Stockport, SK6 6BA.

Arrive 7pm onwards for a 7.30pm Start, non members welcome.

Follow the link below for further details. No booking required.
HIGH PEAKS RSPB


SOLIHULL - Digital Image Lecture - Vibrant Sri Lanka

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Thursday 4th February 2021 (NOW BEING HELD VIA ZOOM)


Vibrant, diverse, beautiful... whichever way you choose to describe this amazing little country, it's very hard to do it justice with just pictures. However, this talk will give you an insight into the prolific wildlife of Sri Lanka.

With such varied habitats and landscape, from lush forest, to arid salt lakes, it's no wonder this country holds such wonders. Blue Whales, Leopards, Elephants, hundreds of bird and butterfly species, many of which occur only here.

We will take a journey with Ashley to many of the top locations and discover the wildlife to be found at each, so bring your sunglasses, it's going to be a colourful one.

This talk is to be held at Bentley Heath Community Hall, Widney Road, Bentley Heath, Solihull. B93 9BQ. On behalf of Solihull local RSPB group.

7pm for an 7.30pm Start, non members welcome.

SOLIHULL RSPB


WHITNEY - Digital Image Lecture - Jewels of The Gambia

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Friday 5th February 2021 (NOW BEING HELD VIA ZOOM)

For some time people have been visiting The Gambia for the wonderful bird life it has to offer. Ashley has captured the beauty of many of these species and indeed has lead photographic tours hear since 2011. Moving forward tours are available for Birdwatchers and Photographers, with Ashley at the helm of each. This talk shows the sort of views possible on a trip to The Gambia, with a wide variety of birds, in some great habitats, ranging from fresh marsh and tidal creeks, to forest and open scrub. So if you are thinking of a visit to the Gambia, or just want to enjoy some lovely shots of some spectacular birds, pull up a chair and enjoy.

The talk is to be held on behalf of West Oxfordshire Field Club at, Upper Hall, the Methodist Church, 40 High St, Witney OX28 6HG.

Doors open from 7.00pm and the evening starts at 7.30pm.

Follow the link below for further details. No booking required.
WOFC


BAKEWELL - Lecture - Crane Spotting...

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Monday 8th February 2021

Spring each year sees Lake Hornborgan in Sweden, play host to one of the most amazing wildlife spectacles to be witnessed in Europe, with in excess of 20,000 Common Cranes flocking here to feed, before dispersing to breed in Northern Europe. These majestic birds pair up here and can be seen performing there energetic courtship dances among the masses.

Large numbers of other wildfowl remain to breed around the lake including Whooper Swans, Pintail, Wigeon and various Geese. But this area is also well blessed with Grebes, Red-necked, Slavonian, Little & Great-crested breed here, with Black-necked passing through at this time.

This talk will show you what a 'must visit' destination this is, offering not only the amazing sights and sounds of the Cranes, but other special bird species like, Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Black Woodpecker, Eagle Owl and Hawfinch, plus mammals to include Beaver, Red Squirrel and Moose.

This talk is to be held on behalf of Bakewell Bird Study Group, at The Friends' Meeting House, Chapel Lane, Bakewell. DE45 1EL

Arrive 7pm onwards for a 7.30pm Start, non members welcome.

Follow the link below for further details. No booking required.
BBSG


SANDBACH - Digital Image Lecture - Great British Birds

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Thursday 12th February 2021

From your garden favourites to globetrotters and the success stories of our threatened species. Just settle back and enjoy images of the birds that put the great back into Great Britain!

To be held at Ettiley Methodist Church, Elton Road, Sandbach, CW11 3NE, On behalf of SE Cheshire Ornithological Society.

7.30pm start. Non members welcome.

Follow the link below for further details. No booking required.
SE CHESHIRE OS


BANBURY - Digital Image Lecture - Shetland to Scilly

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Monday 22nd February 2021

Take a journey with Ashley around the British Isles as he shares with you the wonderful images of the birds he has captured along the way. Starting with Puffins in Shetland and finishing up with the odd rarity found on the Isles of Scilly, you will have clocked up a fair few miles from the comfort of your seat by the end of the night, but will have seen well over 100 species. A musical montage rounds of a very entertaining evening.

To be held on behalf of Banbury Camera Club, at Chenderit School, Archery Road, Middleton Cheney, Nr Banbury, Oxfordshire. OX17 2QR

The talk starts at 7.30pm, non members welcome.

Follow the link below for further details. No booking required.
BANBURY CAMERA CLUB


WEYBRIDGE, SURREY - Digital Image Lecture - Vibrant Sri Lanka

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Thursday 25th February 2021 (NOW BEING HELD VIA ZOOM)

Vibrant, diverse, beautiful... whichever way you choose to describe this amazing little country, it's very hard to do it justice with just pictures. However, this talk will give you an insight into the prolific wildlife of Sri Lanka.

With such varied habitats and landscape, from lush forest, to arid salt lakes, it's no wonder this country holds such wonders. Blue Whales, Leopards, Elephants, hundreds of bird and butterfly species, many of which occur only here.

We will take a journey with Ashley to many of the top locations and discover the wildlife to be found at each, so bring your sunglasses, it's going to be a colourful one.

If you'd like a link to watch this talk in return for a small donation to the group, please let Ashley know via email on experiencenaturetours@gmail.com.


MARYLEBONE - Digital Image Lecture - Jewels of The Gambia

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Friday 19th March 2021 (NOW BEING HELD VIA ZOOM)
For some time people have been visiting The Gambia for the wonderful bird life it has to offer. Ashley has captured the beauty of many of these species and indeed has lead photographic tours hear since 2011. Moving forward tours are available for Birdwatchers and Photographers, with Ashley at the helm of each. This talk shows the sort of views possible on a trip to The Gambia, with a wide variety of birds, in some great habitats, ranging from fresh marsh and tidal creeks, to forest and open scrub. So if you are thinking of a visit to the Gambia, or just want to enjoy some lovely shots of some spectacular birds, pull up a chair and enjoy.

To be held on behalf of Marylebone Birdwatching Society, at Gospel Oak Methodist Church, Agincourt Road, London NW3 2NT

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.15pm start.

For more details follow the link below.
MBS


WIRRAL - Lecture, Trinidad & Tobago Home of the Hummingbird

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Thursday 1st April 2021
Hummingbirds have always fascinated me and my dream to one day photograph them finally came true in November 2013 and since on further visits leading trips for birders and photographers alike.

This lecture gives you not only some lovely images of these little jewels, but some fascinating facts about some of the smallest birds in the world.
For camera clubs, I'll go into more detail on how to get photographs of such a tricky subject.

Besides the Hummingbirds, Trinidad & Tobago has some wonderfully colourful bird life and also plays host to some of the birds we watch in disbelief on the TV documentaries, like the Bell Bird, Oilbirds and Manikins.
This lecture has plenty of great images from Honeycreepers at the famous Asa Wright Centre in Trinidad, to the majestic Tropic Birds of Little Tobago island.

If you have been thinking of visiting, this talk may just make up your mind to book your trip.
The lecture also includes film with sound of some species, so a very entertaining show.

To be held on behalf of Wirral local RSPB group, at Bromborough Civic Centre, Allport Lane, Bromborough, Wirral, CH62 7HR

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, non members welcome.

For more details follow the link below.
WIRRAL RSPB


WATFORD - Lecture - Crane Spotting...

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Wednesday 12th May 2021

Spring each year sees Lake Hornborgan in Sweden, play host to one of the most amazing wildlife spectacles to be witnessed in Europe, with in excess of 20,000 Common Cranes flocking here to feed, before dispersing to breed in Northern Europe. These majestic birds pair up here and can be seen performing there energetic courtship dances among the masses.

Large numbers of other wildfowl remain to breed around the lake including Whooper Swans, Pintail, Wigeon and various Geese. But this area is also well blessed with Grebes, Red-necked, Slavonian, Little & Great-crested breed here, with Black-necked passing through at this time.

This talk will show you what a 'must visit' destination this is, offering not only the amazing sights and sounds of the Cranes, but other special bird species like, Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Black Woodpecker, Eagle Owl and Hawfinch, plus mammals to include Beaver, Red Squirrel and Moose.

This talk is to be held on behalf of Watford local RSPB group, at The Stanborough Centre at Stanborough Park Church, 609, St Albans Rd, Watford. WD25 9JL.

Arrive 7.30pm onwards for a 8pm Start, non members welcome.

Follow the link below for further details. No booking required.
WATFORD RSPB


STUBBINGTON - Digital Image Lecture - Shetland to Scilly

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Thursday 2nd September 2021

Take a journey with Ashley around the British Isles as he shares with you the wonderful images of the birds he has captured along the way. Starting with Puffins in Shetland and finishing up with the odd rarity found on the Isles of Scilly, you will have clocked up a fair few miles from the comfort of your seat by the end of the night, but will have seen well over 100 species. A musical montage rounds of a very entertaining talk.

To be held on behalf of Stubbington U3A, at Holy Rood Church, Gosport Road, Stubbington, Hampshire. PO14 2AS.

It's 2pm for a 2:15pm start, non members welcome.

Follow the link below for further details. No booking required.
STUBBINGTON U3A


GODSTONE, SURREY - Digital Image Lecture - Crane Spotting

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Wednesday 8th September 2021

Spring each year sees Lake Hornborgan in Sweden, play host to one of the most amazing wildlife spectacles to be witnessed in Europe, with in excess of 20,000 Common Cranes flocking here to feed, before dispersing to breed in Northern Europe. These majestic birds pair up here and can be seen performing there energetic courtship dances among the masses.

Large numbers of other wildfowl remain to breed around the lake including Whooper Swans, Pintail, Wigeon and various Geese. But this area is also well blessed with Grebes, Red-necked, Slavonian, Little & Great-crested breed here, with Black-necked passing through at this time.

This talk will show you what a 'must visit' destination this is, offering not only the amazing sights and sounds of the Cranes, but other special bird species like, Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Black Woodpecker, Eagle Owl and Hawfinch, plus mammals to include Beaver, Red Squirrel and Moose.

The talk is to be held on behalf of East Surrey local RSPB group, at the White Hart Barn Restuarant, Godstone. RH9 8DT
Doors open from 7.30pm and the talk starts at 8pm.

Follow the link below for further details. No booking required.
EAST SUREY RSPB


OXFORD - Lecture - Lammergeiers of the Spanish Pyrenees

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Thursday 9th September 2021
Lammergeiers must be one of those birds we all yearn to see at least once in our lifetime and this talk is packed with great images of these magical birds.

With images taken during visits to the Spanish Pyrenees in both winter and summer, you'll not only find out about the Lammergeier, but other vultures and raptors that frequent the area all year round.

The lecture also includes images of other local wildlife, birds like, Dartford and Subalpine Warblers, Hoopoe, Rock and Cirl Bunting, plus some of the local butterflies, plants and landscape.

To be held at on behalf of Oxford local RSPB group, at Sandhills School, Terrett Avenue, Oxford.
OX3 8FN.

Arrive 7.15pm for a 7.45pm start, non members welcome.

Follow the link below for further details. No booking required.
OXFORD RSPB


SURBITON - Digital Image Lecture - Crane Spotting

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Tuesday 21st September 2021

Spring each year sees Lake Hornborgan in Sweden, play host to one of the most amazing wildlife spectacles to be witnessed in Europe, with in excess of 20,000 Common Cranes flocking here to feed, before dispersing to breed in Northern Europe. These majestic birds pair up here and can be seen performing there energetic courtship dances among the masses.

Large numbers of other wildfowl remain to breed around the lake including Whooper Swans, Pintail, Wigeon and various Geese. But this area is also well blessed with Grebes, Red-necked, Slavonian, Little & Great-crested breed here, with Black-necked passing through at this time.

This talk will show you what a 'must visit' destination this is, offering not only the amazing sights and sounds of the Cranes, but other special bird species like, Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Black Woodpecker, Eagle Owl and Hawfinch, plus mammals to include Beaver, Red Squirrel and Moose.

The talk is to be held on behalf of Surbiton & District Birdwatching Society, at Surbiton Library, on the corner of Ewell Road and Berrylands Road. KT5 8RA

Doors open from 7.30pm and the talk starts at 8pm.

Follow the link below for further details. No booking required.
SURBITON BWS


BRISTOL - Digital Image Lecture - Vibrant Sri Lanka

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Thursday 21st October 2021

Vibrant, diverse, beautiful... whichever way you choose to describe this amazing little country, it's very hard to do it justice with just pictures. However, this talk will give you an insight into the prolific wildlife of Sri Lanka.

With such varied habitats and landscape, from lush forest, to arid salt lakes, it's no wonder this country holds such wonders. Blue Whales, Leopards, Elephants, hundreds of bird and butterfly species, many of which occur only here.

We will take a journey with Ashley to many of the top locations and discover the wildlife to be found at each, so bring your sunglasses, it's going to be a colourful one.

This talk is to be held at Methodist hall, down rd winterbourne down, bristol. BS36 1BN, on behalf of Severn counties foreign & British birds club.

7pm for an 7.45pm Start, non members welcome.

SCFBBC


WARRINGTON - Digital Image Lecture - Shetland to Scilly

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Friday 19th November 2021
Take a journey with Ashley around the British Isles as he shares with you the wonderful images of the birds he has captured along the way. Starting with Puffins in Shetland and finishing up with the odd rarity found on the Isles of Scilly, you will have clocked up a fair few miles from the comfort of your seat by the end of the night, but will have seen well over 100 species. A musical montage rounds of a very entertaining talk.

To be held on behalf of North Cheshire local RSPB group, at Appleton Parish Hall, Warrington, WA4 5EQ.

7.45pm start.

For more details follow the link below.
NORTH CHESHIRE RSPB


DERBY - Digital Image Lecture - Vibrant Sri Lanka

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Wednesday 9th February 2022

Vibrant, diverse, beautiful... whichever way you choose to describe this amazing little country, it's very hard to do it justice with just pictures. However, this talk will give you an insight into the prolific wildlife of Sri Lanka.

With such varied habitats and landscape, from lush forest, to arid salt lakes, it's no wonder this country holds such wonders. Blue Whales, Leopards, Elephants, hundreds of bird and butterfly species, many of which occur only here.

We will take a journey with Ashley to many of the top locations and discover the wildlife to be found at each, so bring your sunglasses, it's going to be a colourful one.

This talk is to be held at Grange Banqueting Suite, Burton Road, Littleover, Derby DE23 6XX, on behalf of Derby local RSPB group.

7pm for an 7.30pm Start, non members welcome.

DERBY RSPB


RAUNDS, NORTHANTS' - Digital Image Lecture - Wonderful Winter Wildlife

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Thursday 17th February 2022

Whatever the British winter throws at us, we always have some incredible wildlife around us to help us through to the warmer months.

The British Isles plays host to many birds during this season, with huge numbers of wildfowl arriving and wading birds putting on spectacular shows with flocks of thousands filling the skies around the coast.

The winter Thrush’s, Waxwings and other visitors add colour to chilly days and we can attract these and other visitors to the garden as the temperatures drop outside.

This talk will hopefully give a solution the the winter blues and encourage you out and about to explore what special wildlife we have close by.

To be held at Saxon Hall, Thorpe Street, Raunds, Northamptonshire. NN9 6LT, on behalf of Mid-Nene local RSPB group.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Follow the link below for further details. No booking required.
MID-NENE RSPB


EAST GRINSTEAD - Lecture - Crane Spotting...

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Wednesday 23rd February 2022

Spring each year sees Lake Hornborgan in Sweden, play host to one of the most amazing wildlife spectacles to be witnessed in Europe, with in excess of 20,000 Common Cranes flocking here to feed, before dispersing to breed in Northern Europe. These majestic birds pair up here and can be seen performing there energetic courtship dances among the masses.

Large numbers of other wildfowl remain to breed around the lake including Whooper Swans, Pintail, Wigeon and various Geese. But this area is also well blessed with Grebes, Red-necked, Slavonian, Little & Great-crested breed here, with Black-necked passing through at this time.

This talk will show you what a 'must visit' destination this is, offering not only the amazing sights and sounds of the Cranes, but other special bird species like, Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Black Woodpecker, Eagle Owl and Hawfinch, plus mammals to include Beaver, Red Squirrel and Moose.

This talk is to be held on behalf of East Grinstead local RSPB group, at East Court Mansion/College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT.

Arrive 7.30pm onwards for a 8pm Start, non members welcome.

Follow the link below for further details. No booking required.
EAST GRINSTEAD RSPB


WEYBRIDGE, SURREY - Digital Image Lecture - Crane Spotting..

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Thursday 24th February 2022

Spring each year sees Lake Hornborgan in Sweden, play host to one of the most amazing wildlife spectacles to be witnessed in Europe, with in excess of 20,000 Common Cranes flocking here to feed, before dispersing to breed in Northern Europe. These majestic birds pair up here and can be seen performing there energetic courtship dances among the masses.

Large numbers of other wildfowl remain to breed around the lake including Whooper Swans, Pintail, Wigeon and various Geese. But this area is also well blessed with Grebes, Red-necked, Slavonian, Little & Great-crested breed here, with Black-necked passing through at this time.

This talk will show you what a 'must visit' destination this is, offering not only the amazing sights and sounds of the Cranes, but other special bird species like, Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Black Woodpecker, Eagle Owl and Hawfinch, plus mammals to include Beaver, Red Squirrel and Moose.

This talk is to be held on behalf of NW Surrey local RSPB group, at St Charles Borromeo School, Portmore Way, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 8JD.

Arrive 7pm onwards for a 7.45pm Start, non members welcome.

Follow the link below for further details. No booking required.
NW SURREY RSPB


GRAVESEND - Digital Image Lecture - Shetland to Scilly

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Thursday 8th September 2022
Take a journey with Ashley around the British Isles as he shares with you the wonderful images of the birds he has captured along the way. Starting with Puffins in Shetland and finishing up with the odd rarity found on the Isles of Scilly, you will have clocked up a fair few miles from the comfort of your seat by the end of the night, but will have seen well over 100 species. A musical montage rounds of a very entertaining evening.

To be held at Northfleet School for Girls, Hall Rd, Northfleet, Gravesend, DA11 8AQ. On behalf of Gravesend local RSPB group.

7pm for a 7.30pm Start, non members welcome.

Follow the link below for further details. No booking required.
GRAVESEND RSPB


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