Talks

Mike regularly gives presentations to various natural history and bird groups in the south west.
Fees for an evening talk are:

£80 in Devon plus fuel expenses
£90 Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset plus fuel expenses
Further afield please contact Mike

A list of his talks include:

Make a note of it/What’s that Bird?

An interactive evening that will help to improve your birding and observational skills. A fun and entertaining evening, but not a personal test!

Better Birding

A follow up to the previous talk looking at different aspects of birding skills (but does relate to all wildlife), counting birds, calls and song also tricky pairs.

Clennon Lakes

A ramble through the site’s history, its wildlife and the trials and tribulations of keeping a local public site thriving for wildlife.

The Yucatan, Humming Birds to Whale Sharks

Following eight holidays on this fascinating peninsula Mike will guide you through the best natural history, birding sites and Mayan ruins.

Berry Head, 40 of 400 million years a birding brief encounter

Having watched the headland since a YOC member aged 11, Mike takes you through a brief history of the site the fauna and flora and some of the sea and land birds to be found there.

A life time illustrating birds, and the history of field guide illustration

As a professional illustrator for 35 years, Mike explains the process by which a field guide is born and eventually published. The history of bird illustration and particularly field guide illustration is studied.

Upcoming Talks

24th October - Thursday - Start 7.30pm

Lifetime Illustrating Birds
Somerset Ornithological Society, Ruishton Village Hall, Ruishton, Somerset TA3 5JD (Google map)
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15th November - Friday - Start 7.30pm

Lifetime Illustrating Birds
Topsham Birdwatching & Naturalist Society, Matthews Hall, Topsham, Devon EX3 0HF (Google map)
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20th November - Wednesday - Start 7.30pm

Lifetime Illustrating Birds
Plymouth RSPB, Trinity United Reform Church, Tor Lane, Hartley, Plymouth, Devon PL3 5NY (Google map)
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29th November - Friday - Start 7.30pm

What’s That Bird?
Collaton District & Horticultral Society, Parish Rooms, Blagdon Road, Collaton St Mary, Torbay, Devon TQ3 3YA (Google map)

3rd December - Tuesday - Start 8.00pm

Better Birding
South-east Somerset Wildlife Trust, Caryford Hall, Ansford, Castle Cary, Somerset BA7 7JJ (Google map)
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