Talk 1 - "Exploring Ethiopia":
Following nearly a month in this ancient land, Oliver tells the story of the diverse wildlife to be found in Ethiopia. With high altitudes, culture, people and landscapes to add to the mix this is not just a place for the hardy traveller but can be enjoyed by anyone interested in fascinating wildlife and history.
Talk 2 - "Butterfly Britain":
Butterflies have been collected or studied in Britain for hundreds of years and the decline over recent times has been dramatic. Oliver's latest talk takes you on a journey to see all of the resident species to these isles as well as some of the rare migrants and extinct species that have or still occasionally occur here. His talk will cover the ecology, behaviour, habitats and the relationships with other plants and animals that make these little insects so uniquely special.
Talk 3 - "From 60 Degrees North":
Northern latitudes are an attractive prospect for nature photographers. There is a diversity of species during the breeding season and the beauty of winter landscapes. Wildlife has to endure extreme temperatures, predators and the risks from migration. They do all this in some of the most beautiful and wild locations on Earth. Oliver's journey to the Alaskan Arctic to photograph Polar Bears, the Shetland Isles for thousands of seabirds and to Finland for Golden Eagles and Black Grouse will give you a glimpse of the delights of these three destinations.
Talk 4 - "Cuba - A Flicker of Interest":
Following a three week independent trip to Cuba in 2010, Oliver's talk will take you to the cigar capital of the world: Cuba. It is more than just old cars, tobacco and sugarcane though and has a wonderful array of endemic and near-endemic bird species as well as many North American migrants during the dry winter season. In this talk Oliver will showcase some of the beautiful bird species of this great island with a little bit of local culture thrown in for good measure.
Talk 5 - "RAW Nature - Images Uncovered"
Have you ever wondered how an image was taken? If so then this may be the talk for your group. Aimed more at photographic clubs where eager photographers want to learn in more detail how images are taken, the equipment and techniques used, tricks of the trade and any post-processing tips. This talk is a condensed version of Oliver's Wildlife Photography Workshop.
Talk 6 - "Cameras and Creatures - from Cumbria to Canada":
2007 was an amazing year for Oliver as he travelled widely looking for new material as well as celebrating the great event of becoming 30!! This talk will take the audience over 3 continents and show many wonderful creatures including lemurs, bears, dolphins, butterflies, dragonflies and birds.
Talk 7 - "A Birding Migration" - Birds of Lesvos:
Lesvos has been well documented for its impressive list of migratory species passing through each spring. Having visited three years in succession to witness the spectacle of migration Oliver's talk will visit many of the important birding areas on the island and the value of each to the species that stop to refuel for their long journeys north. Oliver will also illustrate many of the common resident species as well as some other animals that live on this fantastic Greek island.
Talk 8 - "A Wild Grizzly Adventure" - Grizzly Bears of Alaska:
An amazing journey to the Alaskan wilderness, Oliver comes face-to-face with some incredible Grizzly Bears. This talk shows some of his favourite images from his trip along with an insight into part of the lives of Grizzlies during the famous salmon run. This is an exceptionally popular talk which will hopefully blow you away with some fantastic close-ups of wild Grizzly Bears.
Images above (clockwise) - Dark Green Fritillary, UK; Gelada Baboon, Ethiopia; West Indian Woodpecker, Cuba and Polar Bear, Alaska.
Oliver's talks are digital presentations and run for approximately 90 minutes (or less if required). If you'd like to arrange for Oliver to speak at one of your events then please contact him via the contact page, or if you'd just like to attend then please come along, you'll be most welcome. Please note that some groups may charge a small entrance fee.
Oliver's fees for the 2013/14 season:
•Basic fee - £80
•Mileage - 25 pence per mile
•Travel time - £10 per hour above two hours total travel time (using AA Route Planner)
Oliver normally does not require overnight accommodation but on occasion this may be required if his journey is greater than 2 hours. Please advise if accommodation can be offered.
See current bookings below.
7 February 2014 at 19:30 - Cuba: A Flicker of Interest
West Midland Bird Club
Knowle Parish Church Hall
Visit West Midland Bird Club
17 February 2014 at 19:30 - Butterfly Britain
Timsbury Natural History Society
20 February 2014 at 19:30 - Exploring Ethiopia
South Somerset RSPB Group
The Millenium Hall
Seavington St. Mary
Visit South Somerset RSPB Group
20 March 2014 at 19:30 - From 60 Degrees North
Bristol Ornithological Club
Grange Court Road
Visit Bristol Ornithological Club
25 March 2014 at 19:30 - Cuba: A Flicker of Interest
Lincombe Barn Natural History Society
Visit Lincombe Barn NHS
7 April 2014 at 10:30 - Butterfly Britain
Clevedon Ladies Monday Club
17 April 2014 at 19:30 - Cuba: A Flicker of Interest
Severn Counties Foreign & British Bird Society
The Methodist Hall
28 May 2014 at 19:30 - From 60 Degrees North
Guildford RSPB Group
Onslow Village Hall
Visit Guildford RSPB Group
1 December 2015 at 19:30 - Exploring Ethiopia
Exeter RSPB Group
Southernhay United Reformed Church Hall
Visit Exeter RSPB Group