I offer a number of talks:
Moult and ageing – an introduction
Moult is an essential part of a bird’s annual cycle, affecting everything from when a bird migrates to how it looks; yet for many people it is still shrouded in mystery. In this talk, we’ll explore moult, from both a bird’s perspective and from a birder’s point of view.
Moult, ageing and identification – from the hand to the field
Ringing gives an unrivalled insight into feather-level details that help with identification, ageing and sexing; but birds aren’t always available to view at such close range. In this talk, we’ll explore moult, ageing and identification, and how features traditionally considered “in-hand only” can be used on birds in the field.
Birding in Oman
Oman is one of Arabia’s wildest, most unspoilt, friendliest, and safest travel destinations. From the rugged mountains of the north to the lush wadis of the south and from its expansive deserts to its rich coast, Oman has it all. In this tour, we’ll take a tour through the whole country, showcasing the magnificent birds this jewel of Arabia has to offer.
Birding in Morocco
Sandwiched between the Mediterranean and the Sahara, the Maghreb region (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia) has is home to a unique culture and avifauna. Travelling from the snow-capped Atlas to the rolling, desert sand dunes, we’ll explore kasbahs, tagines, and the amazingly varied bird life that this charming country has to offer.
“One step beyond” – taking your birding further
Ever wondered how old that Blackbird is? If that Starling is male or female? If “the” Robin in the garden really is the same Robin you see all year round? Where that flock of Redwings in the local park have come from – and where they might be off to? There’s always a lot to learn about “familiar” local birds, and this talk will show you how to take your observations beyond simply identifying the species you're seeing.
Four years at Falsterbo
Falsterbo, souther Sweden, is one of the world’s foremost sites for bird migration, with more than a million birds passing each year. Ringers at the ringing station there handle tens of thousands of birds each year, and I was lucky enough to spend six seasons over four years working there. This talk details the birds caught – from the common to the rare; the spectacle of bird migration at the site; and some of the extraordinary movements that take place each year.
Using bird sound – a Sound Approach talk
The Sound Approach has pioneered “understanding bird sound” – but what are the practical applications for this, and how can it changing your birding life? Originally put together for a university lecture, this talk is perfect for anyone who uses sound in any aspect of their birding or fieldwork.
I charge £85 per talk (plus mileage at £0.45 per mile when distance of travel is more than 30 miles from either Liverpool or Poole). The time given for each talk is a guideline – I can tailor talks according to time available.
If you would like to book a talk, you can do so using the contact form below.