In 2017 we are running 4 free events with Swarovski Optik. These events will give you a great chance to try out the latest optics from Swarovski out in the wilds and a chance to learn all about digiscoping.

There are 2 nature walks, with our very own Martin Drew, and 2 digiscoping masterclasses with Justin Carr.

The dates and locations for these events are as follows: 

Digiscoping classes:

  • Thursday 9th November - Cannop Ponds (Forest of Dean) – FULLY BOOKED!

These events are FREE and limited to 15 spaces each!

In more detail....

The Digiscoping Masterclasses will be hosted by Justin Carr and will introduce you to the world of digiscoping. Starting with what digiscoping is all about to the best setups available for the camera you are using, whether this is a mobile phone or full D-SLR. You will then learn how to set up your equipment eg: camera settings, tripod levels. Also tips on focusing, composition, and how to use light through to more advanced techniques, like in-flight shots.

The Nature Walks will last around 3 hours and are available for anyone of any age. The locations are at an easy walking level and will be at a gentle pace with opportunties to stop at any point during the route. Martin will be on hand to answer any questions, help with identification, and offer advice on the best techniques. We would advise bringing comfortable walking boots and packable waterproofs, as the English weather is always a little unpredicatable.

Timings for both the Nature Walks and Digiscoping Masterclasses will be confirmed no later than 1 week before the event.

More about the locations 

Woorgreens Lake/Crabtree Hill

Located in the heart of the Forest of Dean, these adjoining sites are made up of of woodland, lake, marsh and heathland.  The diverse habitat supports a variety of birds, insects , reptiles and amphibians and makes for an interesting and enjoyable walk at any time of year.  

Frampton on Severn – Splatt Bridge

Located on the eastern bank of the Severn Estuary, Frampton on Severn has year-round ornithological interest but is particularly well placed to hold a good variety of migratory birds in spring and autumn.

Frampton Pools

Created as a result of gravel extraction, the pools have been designated a Biological Site of Special Scientific Interest. The pools are surrounded by woodland and scrub and usually hold good numbers of wildfowl, particularly in winter.

Cannop Ponds

These two large ponds lie in the Cannop Valley in the Forest of Dean. Surrounded by mixed woodland and with a small area of marsh at their northern end, the ponds support a variety of waterfowl, including good numbers of the colourful Mandarin.

About Justin...

I have had a fascination with all nature since the age of 12, in particular birds. This love for all creatures great and small soon sparked an interest in photography. I have 20 years of experience in Digiscoping and I work for Swarovski on a part time basis demonstrating their kit and how to get the best out of it. I get a real buzz from passing my knowledge of this fascinating side of photography.

I look forward to meeting you,

Justin Carr

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