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© Oliver Smart

Talk 1 - "A Voyage to the South Atlantic":
There are few wild destinations left in the world but heading to the southern most place on Earth, Antarctica still feels remote, barren and untouched. This exciting talk covers Oliver’s month voyage to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. From tales of gigantic penguin colonies to swimming in a freezing volcanic caldera, Oliver will whet your appetite for this remarkable destination.

Talk 2 - "The Science & Beauty of Birds":
Every wondered why a raptor has an orbital ridge or what the purpose is of a tubenose on a petrel? Well, in this talk, Oliver guides you through some fascinating insights to the science of birds, their adaptations, evolution and physiology. Oliver's talk is split into the four sections covering the science of birds, the photography, the aesthetics of bird photography and the rewards.

Talk 3 - "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 4 - "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 5 - "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 6 - "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 7 - "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 8 - "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 9 - "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 10 - "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 that 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.

Booking Details

© Richard Brooks

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.

Charges:
Oliver's fees for the 2017/18 & 2018/19 seasons:

•Basic fee - £80
•Mileage - 25 pence per mile (using AA Route Planner from BS22)
•Travel time - £10 per hour above two hours total travel time (using AA Route Planner from BS22 and rounded up to nearest 15 minutes)

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.

June 2017

22 June 2017 at 18:30 - RAW Nature: Images Uncovered (private event)

Wingham Court Care Home

Oaken Lane
Claygate Surrey
KT10 0RG

September 2017

13 September 2017 at 19:30 - Cuba: A Flicker of Interest

Worcester & Malvern RSPB Group

Powick Village Hall
on A449
Powick
Worcester
WR5 1HT
Visit Worcester & Malvern RSPB Group

14 September 2017 at 19:45 - A Birding Migration

Oxford RSPB Group

Sandhills Community Primary School
Terrell Avenue
Sandhills
Oxford
OX3 8FN
Visit Oxford RSPB Group

October 2017

12 October 2017 at 19:30 - RAW Nature: Images Uncovered

Swindon Photographic Society

Western Community Centre
Somerset Road
Roebourne
Swindon
SN2 1NF
Visit Swindon Photographic Society

November 2017

9 November 2017 at 19:30 - RAW Nature: Images Uncovered

Portishead Camera Club

The Redcliffe Bay Hall
Newhaven Road
Portishead
North Somerset
BS20 8LH
Visit Portishead Camera Club

20 November 2017 at 19:30 - The Science & Beauty of Birds

Vale of White Horse RSPB Group

Civic Hall
Britwell Road
Didcot
Oxfordshire
OX11 7HN
Visit Vale of White Horse RSPB Group

December 2017

7 December 2017 at 14:00 - The Science & Beauty of Birds

Guildford RSPB Group

Onshaw Village Hall
Wilderness Road
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 7QR
Visit Guildford RSPB Group

8 December 2017 at 19:30 - The Science & Beauty of Birds

Gloucestershire Naturalists Society

Watermoor Church Hall
Watermoor Road
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 1NE
Visit Gloucestershire Naturalists Society

21 December 2017 at 19:30 - The Science & Beauty of Birds

Hinckley Natural History Society

Burbage Congregational Church
10a Church Street
Burbage
Leicestershire
LE10 2DD

February 2018

12 February 2018 at 19:30 - RAW Nature: Images Uncovered

Newcastle-under-Lyme Camera Club

Address to be confirmed
Visit Newcastle Camera Club

15 February 2018 at 19:30 - The Science & Beauty of Birds

Bristol Ornithological Club

Newman Hall
Grange Court Road
Bristol
BS9 4DR
Visit Bristol Ornithological Club

20 February 2018 at 20:00 - A Voyage to the South Atlantic

Surbiton & District Bird Watching Society

The Main Hall
Surbiton Library
Ewell Road
Surbiton
KT6 6AG
Visit Surbiton & District Bird Watching Society

March 2018

12 March 2018 at 19:15 - A Birding Migration

Cheltenham Bird Club

Bournside School
Warden Hill Road
Cheltenham
GL51 3EF
Visit Cheltenham Bird Club

14 March 2018 at 19:30 - The Science & Beauty of Birds

Derby RSPB Group

Grange Banqueting Suite
Burton Road
Littleover
Derby
DE23 6XX
Visit Derby RSPB Group

20 March 2018 at 19:30 - RAW Nature: Images Uncovered

Maidenhead Camera Club

Cox Green Community Centre
51 Highfield Lane
Cox Green
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 3AX
Visit Maidenhead Camera Club

October 2018

22 October 2018 at 19:30 - A Birding Migration

Shropshire Ornithological Society

Methodist Church Hall
Watling Street South
Church Stretton
Shropshire
SY6 7BG
Visit Shropshire Ornithological Society

23 October 2018 at 19:30 - RAW Nature: Images Uncovered

Chester Photographic Society

Address TBC
Visit Chester Photographic Society

December 2018

5 December 2018 at 19:00 - TBC (private event)

Valiant Nightjars

Valiant Trooper
Aldbury
HP23 5RW

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