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Mike Read: ‘Wildlife of a Working Forest’

October 2-7:45 pm - 10:00 pm

Mike has been working as a professional nature and landscape photographer for over 30 years and has travelled widely to build up an extensive library of stunning images. He is also a tour guide taking people on wildlife watching and photography tours to various overseas locations for Travelling Naturalist.

Mike has also been giving illustrated talks to various societies for over 40 years. As a photographer and as a writer, he has contributed to a wide range of wildlife, photography and other magazines and has written and co-authored several books including The Robin, The Barn Owl, New Forest Moods, Red Kite Country, Perfect New Forest and New Forest National Park.

Mike sells his photography through a number of photographic agencies as well as supplying work directly to various outlets himself. His stock library consists of over 80,000 digital images and this is still expanding rapidly.

Wildlife of a Working Forest

The New Forest is a working forest with timber production and Commoning very important to this, Britain’s smallest National Park. The mixture of heaths, bogs and woodlands now provide a home for a broad range of wildlife from deer to Dartford Warblers. This site is not only a wildlife haven but it is a beautiful area rightly enjoyed by millions of people each year. The talk begins by looking at the work side of things and some of the traditions and then goes on to look at wildlife through the year. See: www.mikeread.co.uk

A New Forest Pony rests on heathland at Hincheslea Moor near Brockenhurst as the early morning sunshine begins to burn off the low-lying mist

Red deer Cervus elaphus stag on New Forest heathland during rut New Forest National Park Hampshire England

Wild Gladiolus Gladiolus illyricus New Forest National Park Hampshire England

Dartford warbler Sylvia undata taking off from blooming gorse New Forest National Park Hampshire England

All images copyright Mike Read


October 2
7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
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