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Newsletter - April 5th 2017

Hi Everyone

First of all I have to say a big thank you to all those that turned up at the Steyning Centre last Wednesday to attend my Four Seasons talk on behalf of reptile conservation. I don’t know the exact number but there had to be close to eighty people attending because after costs we made a profit of almost £300.00. This will now be divided equally between the Steyning Downland Scheme (SDS) and Surrey Amphibian and Reptile Group (SARG). A big thank you is also due to the SDS members who gave their time for free in preparing the hall and working during the interval serving the teas and coffees.

The Art of Bird Photography

The Art of Bird Photography

It is now likely that I may be giving another talk there later this year entitled “The Art of Bird Photography” so watch this space.

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Adder - Adult Female

This stunning female adder is one of the images that I took two weeks ago with client Boris Hartig who came all the way over from Germany for a 1-1 adder workshop. Over the years I have had many clients that have travelled long distances to attend my courses but Boris clearly holds the record now!

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Boris and a rare Black Adder
REPTILE GROUP WORKSHOPS

I know that several of you are waiting on a reptile group workshop and I am pleased to announce the first of these will take place on Thursday April 13 subject to suitable weather conditions of course. It will be limited to a maximum of 6 participants, the cost is £85 and it will probably take place somewhere on the Surrey/Sussex borders.

If you are intending to arrange a 1-1 or a 2-1 reptile workshop please get your dates booked ASAP as I don’t have many days left in April due to the fact that I go off to Ireland for the last week of the month not returning until the 3rd May.

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Bluebell Woodland
BLUEBELL & ORCHID GROUP WORKSHOPS

Learn the secrets of photographing wild flowers in their habitat and to their best advantage. Most flowers are relatively easy to find but photographing them in a pictorial and pleasing way is not so easy as it seems. There is a lot to learn about this relatively passive and relaxing form of nature photography. What lens, what aperture, what shutter speed are all critical questions? Why is the background almost as important as the subject and how can you control its’ effect on your final image. I will teach you all you need to know on these two workshops.

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Learn how to control your backgrounds

The Bluebell workshop will take place in West Sussex and is provisionally booked for Friday 5th May. This will be followed an Orchid workshop to be held in Hampshire and this is provisionally booked for Wednesday 24 May. Both workshops are subject to short notice cancellation and rescheduling in the event of a bad weather forecast. Again the cost is £85 and a maximum of 6 places available on these workshops. Don’t miss out - make your bookings ASAP to avoid disappointment.

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Three Superb Pyramidal Flower Spikes

Book both wildflower workshops at the same time and only pay £150 saving you £20. All the group workshops will last for a minimum of 5 hours and you will be able to stay on afterwards for as long as you like should you choose to do so.

You can find further information on these and other courses on the website under the workshop tab.

Regards George

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George on the Salmon Glacier in Alaska

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