HOS Wildlife Photography & “Birding Basics” Workshops

Wildlife Photography course

HOS is delighted to offer a one day Wildlife Photography Course, and we are really pleased to have secured the services of three top professional photographers to run it – Andrew Cleave, Paul Sterry and Rob Read – who have over 50 wildlife book titles between them! We are incredibly lucky that they have agreed to do this special event for us.

Andrew Cleave
Andrew Cleave

Rob Read
Rob Read

Paul Sterry
Paul Sterry

This is a rare opportunity to get to meet and work alongside three of the best nature photographers in the UK.

This will run on Saturday, 28th July – and will be limited to 45 people, with each tutor running practical sessions in the afternoon with a maximum of 15 people each.

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.

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).

Birding basics

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.

The Wader (Dec 2017), Raptor (Mar 2018) and Bird Song (Apr to Jun 2018) workshops have proved popular, so we have planned two further workshops (see below). 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.

Gull Workshop

We are pleased to announce another in the “Birding Basics” series of sessions with a Gull Workshop at Blashford Lakes on Sunday 11 November in the afternoon.

This will be run by Bob Chapman, with help from Marcus Ward and Simon Woolley. There will be a talk on Gull identification, followed by visit to hides to watch gulls coming into roost (3 groups of 10 people). Numbers will be limited to 30 to ensure that the learning experience is not too cramped.

The usual charges will apply – £10 for members, £22 for non-members (which will give them 2019 membership). The money will be shared 50/50 with Hampshire Wildlife Trust.

If you would like to attend please send an email, and your phone number to Keith Betton at keithbetton@hotmail.com. Now fully booked – waiting list open.

Passage Waders workshop

Following our first “Birding Basics” Wader Workshop last December, we received many requests to run it again, but with a slight change of focus to have a few more migrant waders. Marcus Ward will be the main tutor, and there will be several experienced birders there to help out with additional telescopes. This will be held at Normandy Lagoon (near Lymington) on Sunday 9th September 1000-1400 hrs. It will include a classroom session looking at waders, how to identify them, and how they live.

A small charge will be made on the day to offset expenses. This will be £10 for HOS members and £22 for non-members (to include membership). Because we can not take everyone it must be strictly on a sign-up basis. We can take 30 people only. To book please email Keith Betton at his private email address, giving your home and mobile numbers, and stating if you are a HOS member already: keithbetton@hotmail.com