Presentations and Talks - wildlife garden/wildlife
I can offer set presentations as described below or design a bespoke presentation to meet your own requirements or needs.
Having already gained practical experience working in schools on wildlife projects and presentations, I can offer wildlife inputs to meet your own schools requirements or curriculum.
To book a presentation or to find out more about a bespoke service to suit your own needs please contact me through my contacts page or fill out and return the form at the bottom of this page. Please leave your full contact details so that I can discuss your requirements with you.
Wildlife Gardening Presentations
Nature as your Neighbour - Gardening for Wildlife (Part 1 of 3)
All pictures within this presentation have been taken in my own garden and feature a wide variety of wildlife.
Features talked about include, how to provide food and shelter and the use of water within the wildlife garden.
Running time is approximately 60 minutes with as long as required after to answer questions and discuss any issues raised. I allow enough time to ensure that the session isn't rushed although timings can be adjusted to suit your requirements.
Doorstep Wildlife and Beyond the Garden Gate... (Part 2 of 3)
(PART 2 of 3)
An insight into wildlife in North Somerset on my local patch. I show what we can see on my patch and why it's good to know your own local patch. I share my concerns and fears for the future of local wildlife and explain how we can all to help support it. We also look at our own gardens and how we can all make small changes for huge benefits for local wildlife by linking with the wider landscape.
This presentation runs for approx 60mins
Learning Nature's Way - Changing our thinking about insects (Part 3 of 3)
(PART 3 of 3)
This presentation is the third talk in my current 'Wildlife Gardening' themed presentations. Firstly we have a brief look back at the previous 2 presentations from this series and catch up with what I have been doing and recap what we spoke about. There is an interactive element to this talk where we look at insects in general and the problems they face in what is being termed as 'A Global Disaster'
Understanding insects and more importantly their habitats can make us better wildlife gardeners and I discuss how we can move away from 'traditional' thinking about wildlife gardening and garden with insects in mind which is vital to every successful wildlife garden.
This presentation runs for approx 50-60mins
A Moth-Man's Tales
A Moth-Man’s Tales is an introduction to moths, showing the importance of these fascinating insects. It also gives tips on what to plant to encourage moths into your own garden.
This presentation runs for approx 45mins
Dragons and Damsels in Distress... Discovering the Insects of YACWAG's Reserves
'Scorpions, Dragons and Damsels in Distress... Discovering the Insects of YACWAG's Reserves
Celebrating some of the amazing insects found on the nature reserves owned and managed by my local wildlife group: Yatton & Congresbury Wildlife Action Group (YACWAG), who in 2019 celebrate their 20th anniversary. This presentation starts with some general information about insects and their importance in our world. It then delves into the matter of understanding the landscape that you look for and find insects in. We go back to Roman times and discover how the North Somerset Levels were formed and how they were reclaimed only to be lost to the sea again at later times! We see how YACWAG's reserves sit in this landscape before going into the reserves and discovering some interesting and very rare insects! Understanding the landscape is a key factor in successful wildlife watching and hopefully this presentation will make the viewer go and discover things about their own local patch!
This presentation runs for approx 60mins
Presentations for Schools
There are questions asked for children to guess the number of certain British species and the presentation is designed to fully engage the children who are encouraged to shout out answers and get involved in the presentation whilst learning about the wildlife.
Although my current version has been designed for junior school aged children this is a highly adaptable presentation that can be changed to suit your school's needs.
Running time is fully flexible to fit in with your time scale or lesson plan.
Contact me below for more details.
General Wildlife Presentations
Conservation features heavily in the county with some wonderful locations to see a variety of butterflies and moths and you never quite know what might turn up!
Running time is approximately 40 minutes but again can be adapted to suit.
The presentation will show the diversity of the Bristol Channel where many birds overwinter and then transports you to the very top of the Mendip Hills to look at rare butterflies among much more! The viewer is taken to the seaside and then into Goblin comb where we find a magical butterfly field, down to the Somerset levels to look for Bittern and Great White Egret then to the overlooked North Somerset Levels plus much more! Running time is approximately 45 minutes with plenty of time for questions after.
Some of the very kind feedback that we have received:-
'Excellent presentation by Higgy tonight.
I enjoyed it very much and could've listened to him for another hour.
Well done whoever booked him' (Burham camera club member)
'Thank you once again for the great, inspirational talk you gave the Horticultural Society last night. So many members have told me how much they enjoyed it. You will definitely be invited again!!' (R Bailey, Congresbury Horticulture Society)
'Your talk on 'nature as your neighbour' was very much enjoyed by our members and I wondered if you might be willing to come back again next year' (Backwell garden Club)
'Thank you for giving such a interesting talk on Thursday you said you might be a bit rusty as you had not given a talk for some time that did not come across at all, every one enjoyed your presentation and your slides, and lovely to see your garden and how you had made it so wildlife friendly, we have made a note of your open day and will look forward to seeing it.
Thank you for stepping in at the last minute, and I have added your name to our list of speakers. Once again thank you' (Maggie Bisset - Congresbury Horticulture Society)