HOS “Birding Basics” Workshops

We want to help our members and others to learn birding skills and build on those that they have already, so we have decided to launch a series of occasional workshops under the brand of “Birding Basics”. These will be available for a limited number of people each time to ensure that the tutor(s) can work closely with a manageable number of people. Workshops will be repeated from time to time to make sure that everybody who wants to attend can do so. There will be a small charge to cover basic costs.

We are keen to help you to improve your birding skills and knowledge, so please let us know if there is any particular training that you would like to see provided.

The Wader (Dec 2017) and Raptor (Mar 2018) workshops proved to be very popular. There has been quite a strong demand for Bird Song tuition, so we want to let you know about five Bird Song Workshops that we have arranged.

These are as follows:

A) Sun 29 April – Yateley Common – with John Clark – 8 places left

B) Sat 12 May – New Forest – with Keith Betton – *** FULLY BOOKED ***

C) Sat 19 May – New Forest – with Keith Betton – 2 places left

D) Sat 2 June – Keyhaven – with Nigel Matthews – *** FULLY BOOKED ***

E) Sun 24 June – Fishlake Meadows – with Andy Lester – *** FULLY BOOKED ***

The Workshops will be entirely field-based, and will run from 0700 to 1000 hrs. The first is on heathland, the second and third are identical and are in woodland and the last two are in reedbed and marshy habitats – so there will be a range of different songs and calls to hear. The charge for each will be £10 for HOS members and £22 for non-members (includes £12 for HOS membership for 2018). These charges are payable on the day. Each workshop will be limited to 15 people to ensure that everyone gets the chance to learn.

As none of the tutors are charging a fee all of your fee will go into HOS’ Conservation Fund which is used to support bird conservation and research projects.

Send your bookings to keithbetton@hotmail.com

Wildlife Photography Course

Many of us have books by wildlife photographers Andrew Cleave and Paul Sterry, and those interested in landscape photography may be familiar with Rob Read’s work. All three are professional photographers, and we are really pleased to say that all three have agreed to run a HOS Photography Workshop for us on Saturday 28 July.

This is an event that will be limited to 45 people, so that away from the main talks they will be able to run smaller sessions for 15 people, which will include (weather permitting) outdoor practical training at nearby wildlife sites.

So if you have started to take wildlife photographs in the last few years, or you’ve been doing it for a bit longer but still want to know more – this is designed for you. We will cover photography basics, equipment and techniques for birds, plants, insects, other wildlife – and landscapes.

The indoor sessions will run from 1000-1300 at the Memorial Hall, Littleton with the outdoor sessions continuing up to mid-afternoon. You’ll need to bring lunch, but refreshments will be provided for the indoor sessions.

This is a rare opportunity to get to meet and work alongside three of the best nature photographers in the UK. The cost will be £40 per HOS member (£52 for non-members – to include membership).

Any profits from the event will be go to our HOS Conservation and Research Fund which awards grants to local projects.

If you would like to attend please send an email to Keith Betton at keithbetton@hotmail.com to secure your place(s).