Spend the day exploring the outstanding chalk grasslands of Morgan's Hill and learning about the species that live in this unique habitat.

During the course of the day, we will cover:

  • Typical species of chalk grassland habitats and their behaviours
  • Identification
  • Butterfly life cycles
  • Habitats
  • Habitat management
  • Useful resources
  • Monitoring and surveying techniques
  • Using a DLSR camera or smart phone for wildlife photography
  • Using close zoom lenses, macro lenses and extension tubes to achieve different perspectives
  • How to use aperture, shutter speed, iso and depth of field
  • Tripod use.

Tutored by Stephen Davis, former WWT Head of Conservation.

Stephen's bio:

I feel very fortunate to have had a fulfilling career working in nature conservation, firstly for English Nature and then as Head of Conservation for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Since childhood I have been a passionate naturalist with a particularly love of butterflies. This interest grew to include most habitats, especially grasslands and woodlands. I am a passionate nature photographer and am dedicated to using photography to support conservation through illustrating and communicating the beauty and essential value of our natural habitats and species. I am thrilled to be able to help others and to demonstrate how photography can enhance their experience and enjoyment of being immersed in nature.

A selection of my images can be seen on my website.

Note:

Meet at Heddington village hall, for welcome refreshments and introductory presentation, before heading to Morgan's Hill nature reserve. Please bring your own picnic lunch with you.