18th August 2018

9:30 am - 9:50 am Birding Hotspots of Costa Rica by Paulo Valerio-Murphy
An introduction to the amazing Costa Rican avifauna, based on the different life zones of the country.

10:00 am - 10:20 am Wild Japan in Winter by Paul Stanbury
Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek’s Paul Stanbury takes us on a journey to the snow-covered islands of Japan in winter, home...

10:30 am - 10:50 am More than gauchos in the Pampas. What do we do to conserve the grassland birds? by Hernán Casañas
Sponsored by Argentina Grasslands in the southern cone of South América is one of the most threatened habitats. However, gauchos,...

11:00 am - 11:20 am Taiwan - reasons to visit beyond the birds. And now a great field guide! by Richard Foster
Sponsored by Taiwan Long known as an important birding destination, Taiwan has many other appealing features. Excellent butterflies, a fascinating...

11:30 am - 11:50 am Mexico's Endemic Birds by Michael Carmody
More than 100 species of birds are endemic to Mexico. More wrens, jays, & sparrows are endemic to Mexico than...

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Birdwatching as a tool of conservation and development for local communities in Colombia by Trevor Ellery
Sponsored by Colombia We would like to show how the birdwatching has supported the conservation and the economic development in...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Can we co-exist alongside wildlife? by Lizzie Daly
Join wildlife biologist Lizzie Daly to explore the realities of elephant conservation from her time in Laikipia, Kenya, where the blurring of elephant...

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Benefits of beavers to UK biodiversity & ecology by Sam Gandy
The implications of beaver reintroduction to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in the UK.

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Varanger - A story about developing a nature destination by Tormod Amundsen
Varanger, Arctic Norway - A story about developing a nature destination through ecotourism, nature conservation and architecture.

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Wild China - Sichuan’s Birds & Mammals by Tim Melling
Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek tour leader, Tim Melling, describes the wildlife highlights of a journey through the mountains of China’s...

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Birding the Cauca and Anchicaya Valleys of Colombia, the birdiest country on the planet by Christopher Calonje
Sponsored by Colombia Starting in Cali, the birdiest city on Earth, explore this up and coming birding route that delves...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Texas Birding, what, where, when and how by Keith Hackland
Introducing the 640 resident, migrant, and vagrant birds of Texas by season and destination. When, where and how to bird...

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm The Wildlife of Alaska’s Prince William Sound by Tim Melling
Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek tour leader, Tim Melling, describes the wildlife highlights of a cruise around Alaska’s spectacular Prince William...

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Cuba - endemic birds, sunshine, rum, classic cars and more! by Alan Davies and Ruth Miller
We take you on a whistlestop tour of the beautiful endemic bird-rich island of Cuba. From the tiny Bee Hummingbird,...

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Endemic Birds of Sri Lanka by Gehan de Silva
A photographic tour of all 34 species of endemics, where to find them from the lowland rainforests to cloud forests....

5:00 pm - 5:20 pm Birding Mongolia, the Last Wilderness Nation by Christopher Leahy
Mongolia today is one of the least despoiled countries on the planet, extraordinarily rich in spectacular, development-free landscapes, extensive wildlife...

18th August 2018

9:30 am - 9:50 am Africa's best birds - the top 20 by Keith Betton   A presentation about Africa's best birds - the top 20 !

10:00 am - 10:20 am Making the most of your Nikon DSLR for wildlife photography by Tom Mason   Sponsored By Nikon Tom Mason guides you through a variety of techniques and skills for making the most of your...

10:30 am - 10:50 am Beyond the big mammals by Johnnie Kamugisha   How Uganda's birds added a new dimension to Safari ecotourism.

11:00 am - 11:20 am Mantas & Spinners – Wildlife Cruising in the Maldives by Tim Melling   Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek tour leader, Tim Melling, describes the wildlife highlights of a cruise around the tropical islands of...

11:30 am - 11:50 am Birding endemics and wildlife hotspots of Guyana by Tony Thorne   Discover where to find the Guiana Shield endemic bird species and the wildlife hotspots of Guyana. From harpy eagle and...

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Scottish Highlands and Islands - how to bird both on the same holiday by Ian Ford   Sponsored by Heatherlea Make the most of your scarce holiday time, and maximise your Scottish birding by combining one or...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm The Jaguars & other Wildlife of Brazil’s Pantanal by Tim Melling   Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek tour leader, Tim Melling, takes us on a wildlife journey through the waterways of Brazil’s Pantanal...

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Coto Doñana after the fire by Juan Martin   Sponsored by Andalucia In 2017, a peaceful and hot summer day was turned into a nightmare that could have reduced...

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Birding Adventures in Australia's tropical 'Top End' - by Luke Paterson   Sponsored by Australia's Northern Territory Join Luke in exploring the Northern Territory's vast tropical outback, scoping ancient biodiverse landscapes, home...

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Vulgar errors - why the widely believed explanation for the guillemot’s pointed egg is almost certainly wrong by Tim Birkhead   The egg of the Common Guillemot is one of the most strikingly beautiful of all British breeding birds and traditionally...

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Indian Ocean wildlife secrets - Seabirds and cetaceans of the Maldives by Charles Anderson   The Maldives is well-known as a tropical tourist destination. What is not so well recognised is that this archipelago is...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Iceland by Toby Green   Sponsored by Heatherlea Birding in the land of ice and fire is absorbing, marine life is outstanding, and the geology...

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Bountiful Bolivia - South America’s best kept birding & conservation secret by Raymond Jeffers   Bolivia is not on the radar of many international birders but it should be! Not only has it the world’s...

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Extremadura’s landscapes for birds by Martin Kelsey   Visitors to Extremadura are always surprised by its incredible diversity of landscapes. Different habitats can be explored every day during...

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Wildlife Photography with Nikon cameras and lenses by Ricci Chera   Sponsored By Nikon Go in to detail on camera settings, composition, Auto Focus best practice, all from a Nikon camera...

5:00 pm - 5:20 pm Bird trapping in Cyprus - the Complexities of Progress by Martin Hellicar and Guy Shorrock   Bird trapping activity fell 72% in 2017, as enforcement efforts by RSPB Investigations, the Sovereign Base Area (SBA) Police and...

18th August 2018

9:30 am - 9:50 am Weddell Island – Real Life, Bird Life and Wildlife by Martin Beaton
Another steady stream of amateur pictures, albeit including some interesting birds – presented with a dry tedious commentary from an...

10:00 am - 10:20 am Birding in the Balearic Islands by Pere Tomas and Xavi Méndez
A little more than 300 different species make a stop on the Balearic Islands every year before they continue their...

10:30 am - 10:50 am The Asian Vulture Crisis – Have we saved them? by Chris Bowden
For three species of vulture in South Asia, a common veterinary drug was found to be a deadly toxin which...

11:00 am - 11:20 am Working with Wildlife by Tesni Ward
Sponsored by Olympus See what it’s like using the Olympus OMD EM1 mkII for wildlife & bird photography.   For...

11:30 am - 11:50 am Chernobyl - the largest European rewilding area, 30 years after by Viktar Fenchuk
The accident at Chernobyl nuclear power plant resulted in complete abandonment of a huge territory in Belarus (as well as...

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Birds and Caves, the Dry Forests of Northern Minas Gerais by Frederico Tavares
Presentation of the avifauna from the Dry Forests of Northern Minas Gerais and Sao Francisco River. Includes several Brazilian endemics...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Plastic problems - the impact of marine plastic on seabirds by Nina O’Hanlon
Plastic in the marine environment is a widespread and increasing problem as any wander along a beach will highlight. This...

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm The future of birding - a birdwatching paradigm shift by Gunnar Engblom
The future of birding contains more photo oriented birding. It will also push the demand for a new form of...

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Ecology and conservation of key-species in a classical birding destiny by Juan Freile
Quito, capital city of Ecuador, is the entrance door to this classical bird-watching destiny (the fourth richest country on Earth...

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Working with Wildlife by Tesni Ward
Sponsored by Olympus See what it’s like using the Olympus OMD EM1 mkII for wildlife & bird photography.   For...

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Birds in both my artwork and in my illustrations by Carry Akroyd
Birds in my landscapes and making a monthly illustration for The Oldie magazine 'Bird of the Month' column, and book...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Birding Tanzania - combining East Africa birding with the wildebeest migration by Tertius Gous
Tanzania has amongst the best birding in Africa and hosts one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles, the wildebeest migration....

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Dragons and hellcats - pioneering women in the history of ornithology by Jo Wimpenny
Ornithology's history is long and male-dominated. Yet, several pioneering women overcame the obstacles and made ground-breaking contributions in their fields....

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Wildlife Cruising around Mexico's Baja Peninsula and Sea of Cortez by Tim Melling
Sponsored by Naturetrek Naturetrek tour leader, Tim Melling, describes the wildlife highlights of a cruise around Mexico's Baja Peninsula including...

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Wild Honduras, up-and-coming destination for responsible birding and nature tourism by Katinka Domen and Nigel Marven
By showcasing Honduras’ natural beauty and responsible tourism opportunities – among others with a preview of the Wild Honduras film...

5:00 pm - 5:20 pm The Red-breasted Goose – from wintering sites to flyway conservation by Nikolai Pekov
The story of over 2 decades of monitoring of endangered goose species and the historic and emerging new threats to...

18th August 2018

9:30 am - 9:50 am Farming and Wildlife by Nicholas Watts
Nicholas Watts has been studying farmland birds for over 30 years now and his talk describes why farmland birds are...

10:00 am - 10:20 am Smart Phone Digiscoping – Travel light and capture the action! by Paul Hackett
Sponsored by Kowa Paul Hackett –Digiscoping expert and Kowa Ambassador explains how connecting a smart phone to a spotting scope...

10:30 am - 10:50 am Butterfly Brothers – gardening for wildlife by Jim Ashton and Joel Ashton
How and why we create gardens for wildlife, and the importance of doing so.

11:00 am - 11:20 am Wildlife Photography in Zambia’s South Luangwa by Bret Charman
Sponsored by Wildlife Worldwide Award-winning wildlife photographer Bret Charman will take you to the wild realm of Zambia’s South Luangwa...

11:30 am - 11:50 am A week at Bharatpur by Steve Rowland
How winning a raffle at the Birdfair led to a week birding at one of India's most iconic birding locations....

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Australia - A Wildlife Mecca by Tonia Cochran
Australia’s isolation from the rest of the world has resulted in an amazing and unique assemblage of wildlife and very...

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Discovering the secrets of Mexico’s cloud forests by Roberto Pedraza Ruiz
This lecture is sponsored by World Land Trust Working in some of the wildest areas in Mexico, Roberto Pedraza Ruiz...

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Butterflies for Beginners by Megan Shersby
This lecture would introduce birders to the world of butterflies (and a few moths), including an overview of the different...

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Bird sounds of the world, the xeno-canto way by Willem Pier Vellinga and Sander Pieterse
An introduction to the bird sounds of the world as shared on xeno-canto.org.

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm The Brilliance of Baja by Helen Bryon
Sponsored by Wildlife Worldwide Taking in the Pacific Coast of Baja and the Sea of Cortez, prepare to be amazed...

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Wildlife and Wines of Argentina by Luis Segura
This lecture is about a tour in Northwestern Argentina, enjoying it's fantastic fauna and flora, with a touch of its...

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Putting a face to conservation by Ben Cherry
Sponsored by Páramo Ben discusses the importance of good news stories, from scarlet macaws to Bewick’s swans, to document and highlight the dedication...

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Woodpeckers – Spotlight on Britain’s Four Picids by Gerard Gorman
This lively, illustrated lecture, focuses on the four woodpeckers found in Britain – the resident Green, Great Spotted and Lesser...

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm New Zealand - An avian ark by Brent Stephenson
An overview of the seabirds and endemic birds that call New Zealand home. Beautifully illustrated with images of New Zealand...

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Scops & Robbers - Life or death in Kenyan Coastal Forest by Ann Scott
Forest, vital for Eastern European migrants, is being destroyed. Learn the story, meet the endemic Sokoke Scops owl and other...

5:00 pm - 5:20 pm Seabirds Count -Taking Stock of Britain and Ireland’s Seabirds by Daisy Burnell
Why are we censusing our seabirds, who is involved and what the aim is once completed? A brief summary of...