Events

BRUSH UP ON YOUR BIRDWATCHING DURING LOCKDOWN

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How about using this latest lockdown to improve your Bird Identification skills?

While we are advised to stay local, we are still able to take our daily exercise, so why not combine this with some learning in a subject that will help your wellbeing at a time when we probably need it most.

We are still able to meet one person from outside our bubble outdoors, so Ashley is available to meet at a mutually convenient location.

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 a £10 charge per additional person, with a max of 5 people.

Each walk lasts approximately 2 or 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


(ZOOM TALKS)

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As the pandemic continues to cause difficulties, many of the groups I speak to are arranging for me to give my presentations to them via zoom.

While these are being communicated within the membership of the group in question, most groups welcome outside visitors, usually just asking for a small donation towards the survival of the group in these difficult times.

So if there is a talk below you would like to see, please email me and I'll ask the group to include you when they send out the link to the talk.


Ashleys email - experiencenaturetours@gmail.com


WATFORD - Lecture - Jewels of The Gambia

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Wednesday 12th May 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.

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 - Great British Birds

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Tuesday September 21st 2021

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

Time & Venue to be confirmed.

Follow the link below for further details.
Surbiton & District Birdwatching Society


STOKE - Digital Image Lecture - Shetland to Scilly

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Wednesday 20th October 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.

The talk is to be held on behalf of North Staffs local RSPB group, at the North Staffordshire Conf. Centre/medical Institute, Hartshill Road, Stoke-on-trent, ST4 7NY

Doors open from 7pm and the talk starts at 7.30pm.

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


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


LICHFIEILD - Digital Image Lecture - Shetland to Scilly

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Tuesday 8th February 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 on behalf of the Lichfield local RSPB group at, The Guildhall, Bore Street, Lichfield, WS13 6LU.

Arrive from 7pm, for a 7.30pm start, non members welcome.

For more details follow the link below.
LICHFIELD 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


SURBITON - Digital Image Lecture - Crane Spotting

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Tuesday 20th September 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.

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


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