Lectures

I offer a range of talks to suit a variety of groups and organisations, each bursting with top quality digital images from my portfolio, a selection of these images appear in the gallery pages of this website.

Since 2006, Wildlife groups such as The RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts, The National Trust and others, have been impressed and entertained. Photographic clubs, WI's & U3A's have also enjoyed the talks.

I talk to some very different groups of people, some just want to see some nice images, others want to learn a little something new about a species, a country, or a photographic technique and lets be honest, there is always someone who just came along for a nap! I try to please everyone by adjusting the talk to fit the general interest of the group, always throwing in some humour along the way of course.

Below are the lectures currently available, with some sample images from each talk. As I'm now a full time photographer, the range of lectures will increase with time, so please do come back and take a fresh look occasionally to see what is on offer. The length of each lecture is approximately one hour thirty to two hours, but shorter versions are available to suit.

If you would like me to talk to your group, the fee is just £80 plus 25p per mile travel from the B47 postcode. The travel fee may be negotiable if you are able to recommend Ashley to speak to another local group on an adjacent evening. Some groups meet during the day and may have a smaller budget, so please get in touch with Ashley and he may be able to help.

Go to the Events page on this website to see where I'll be talking next.

 

Lecture: Wonderfull Winter Wildlife

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.

Examples of images from this lecture:

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Lecture: Trinidad & Tobago, Home of the Hummingbird

Hummingbirds have always fascinated me and my dream to one day photograph them finally came true in November 2013.

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.

Examples of images from this lecture:

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Lecture: Jewels of the Gambia, Kingfishers, Bee-eaters & Rollers

The Gambia is one of the best known and most loved of worldwide Birdwatching destinations. With close to 600 species of birds, most of which are colourful and approachable. I've led Photography tours here since 2011 and consequently have a great collection of images that grows with each new visit. The lecture, like the tour starts at the coast, leading you up the river and back again, discovering in the wonders of The Gambia all the way. With the tour concentrating on the Kingfishers, Bee-eaters & Rollers, these are well covered, but the magnificent supporting cast of multicoloured extras, make this a worthwhile evenings entertainment.

Testimonial:
"Thankyou for your talk on Friday. It was very informative and entertaining. Your photography, and timing were excellent.
I am sure we will be requesting further talks in the future.
Thanks on behalf of the group."

Chris Lovering, Coventry RSPB local group.

Examples of images from this lecture:

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Lecture: Shetland to Scilly, Birds of the British Isles

This is my most popular lecture and as the title suggests takes the audience on a journey all the way from Shetland, right down to The Isles of Scilly. Basically a good excuse to show you some of Britain's wonderful bird life.
Over 130 species make an appearance during the lecture, which is rounded off by a montage of more images to music.

Testimonial:
"Dear Ashley, What an inspiring talk and set of photos you presented last night. It was lovely to see the detail on birds that sometimes you only seem to get a glimpse of. Even viewing in a telescope you dont seem to get that much detail. This I found very evident in your wader shots. Usually they seem to be at the far side of a scrape and certainly one does not see the individual feathered details even in a scope. Also Wood Warbler for instance, is a bird we look for in the Forest of Dean, but so often just hear it, so the patience in getting such wonderful photos is phenomenal.
Very many thanks for coming to give us your talk.
Best wishes, Frances"

Francis Buckel, Banbury Ornithological Society.

Testimonial:
"Dear Ashley, I just had to write and say thank you so much for coming to Chepstow to give us such a super talk last night. I'm afraid I usually say that to our speakers but on this occasion I REALLY mean it.

You have made me realise "again" just how little I know about birds and how much I wish I knew. But I think I will remember some of your remarks eg the difference between the sexes of a goldfinch and the petal pupils of pochard and Slavonian grebe. I also loved the little heart shaped end to a Sanderling's beak.

As well as beautiful you also made your talk so interesting and humerous. You are very gifted and I hope we will meet again one day. You certainly promoted Gwent Wildlife Trust so well, and I think we should endeavour to find speakers as good as you to encourage our membership to grow.
Best wishes for the future Linda"

Linda Bellamy, Gwent Wildlife Trust.

Examples of images from this lecture:

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Lecture: Lammergeiers of the Spanish Pyrenees

Lammergeier's, otherwise known as the Bearded Vulture, have to be on most bird watchers list of must see in your lifetime birds and this lecture doesn't disappoint in showing just why that is.
This species fills a unique niche in the food chain, and is without doubt a truly fascinating bird, with it's 9ft wing span, stunning plumage and almost dragon like features, it's no wonder they are such an attraction to us all.
The talk explains about their life history, where they can be found and shows the other species that share it's world, including Golden Eagle, Griffon and Monk Vulture along with various smaller birds.
The lecture also has some movie footage of Lammergeier and Golden Eagle and includes some highlights of a second Spanish site ideal for watching Golden Eagle and Vultures.

Testimonial:
"Just a quick message to say a big thank you for your presence and presentation last night. It was excellent and all the members I spoke to said it was very enjoyable.
We are honored to have been the first people to see your new selection of photos about the lammergeiers. The photos were fabulous.
I could not have wished for a better evening, full house, great atmosphere and happy members."

Gordon Lee, Shirley Photographic Society.

Examples of images from this lecture:

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Lecture: A Beginners Guide to Birdwatching

One for those who want to brush up on their common bird song and identification skills, or just want to learn more about their garden and local birds. The talk starts with some tips on the right equipment needed to get started and how to encourage birds and other wildlife into your garden, what food attracts which birds etc.
Some of our commoner birds can look very similar when you are just getting started, so the differences are explained and you even get to listen to their different songs to help the identification process.
By the end of the lecture you'll know your Song Thrushes from your Mistle Thrushes, your Chiffchaffs from your Willow Warblers and be better equipped to identify your garden visitors.

Examples of images from this lecture:

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Lecture: Great British Birds

Arctic terns circumnavigate the globe to breed on our glorious land and did you know 68% of the worlds Gannet population choose to breed on our shores.
Stories about these, the winners and losers of climate change, record breakers and just those special birds we all love, are included in a talk packed with great images of many of our personal favourites.
This lecture contains less species than the Shetland to Scilly talk, concentrating on those birds that make Britain a Great place for bird watching, a place we should be proud of. God save the Queen...

Examples of images from this lecture:

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