Ben Chapple giving a talk on South Africa at the 2019 Bird Fair

Book a Naturetrek Speaker for No Cost!

Several Naturetrek staff members – all of whom are tour leaders and expert naturalists – are regulars on the lecture circuit, speaking to a variety of birding and natural history-themed clubs, groups and societies. If you’re looking for an evening speaker do drop us a line to discuss requirements.

All of our talks are FREE OF CHARGE for charitable wildlife groups, such as local RSPB groups, Wildlife Trust clubs etc). We are currently delivering our presentations in an online format via Zoom, but when restrictions allow, we will return to offering these talks within 2 hours’ drive of our base in Hampshire (or an alternative home base specified next to the speaker profile below), although we do travel further afield if you are happy to make a contribution to expenses (or we can arrange for the talk to be over Zoom, should the distance be unfeasible). We also regularly speak to non-wildlife clubs and societies, for which we charge a fee of £95. Please email info@naturetrek.co.uk for more information. 

All of these talks are designed to be highly informative and enjoyable, and are not commercially-angled. They tend to focus on the wider ecology of the area, conservation issues, background information and, of course, the possibilities for those wishing to see the various wildlife spectacles. We also offer the donation of a prize in the form of a travel voucher if your club or society happens to hold a fund-raising raffle!

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to read reviews.

The staff and topics currently on offer include: 

Richard Bashford (St Neots/Sandy)


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Birding the Gambia
Birding in Morocco
Lemurs of Madagascar
Spitsbergen – The Realm of the Polar Bear
The Realm of the Spirit Bear
Wildlife and Birds of Poland

Paul Stanbury


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Antarctica 
Madagascar 
Spitsbergen – Realm of the Polar Bear 
Western Canada

Andy Tucker


Ben Chapple (London)


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Wildlife of Southern Africa
Uganda
India/Sri Lanka
Costa Rica
Lands of the Tiger: From India to the
Russian Far East

Matthew Capper (Derbyshire)


Reviews for Naturetrek speakers

"During our 2020/21 season of Zoom talks we were extremely fortunate to discover such a talented speaker in Sara Frost. Her talk on sailing from Oban out to the St Kilda archipelago was inspiring, with just the right amount of knowledge and humour to keep our audience captivated. Her tales of the islanders on St Kilda in days past and information on the wildlife seen en route through the Hebrides and beyond has wetted all our appetites for the Naturetrek cruise. Many thanks Sara, from the Zoom participants all over the UK and beyond, even from USA and Canada!"
Kathy Farrell, Keynsham Group of Avon Wildlife Trust

"Sara took us on a fascinating trip discovering the very colourful wildlife of Indonesia, both on land and below the waves. Sara's obvious passion, and her knowledge of the wildlife featured, shone through and made her talk informative and exciting. The presentation was accompanied by stunning photographs and videos of the wildlife observed, from birds and bats to whales, dolphins, turtles and Komodo Dragons to name but a few. It certainly made us all want to start packing our bags, for that long-awaited trip that we've all been denied during this awful pandemic! I have no hesitation in inviting Sara back to present further talks from her portfolio."
John Sutton, Programme Secretary, Thame & District U3A, May 2021

"Can I again thank you [Tom Mabbett] for an excellent talk, as I said, it gave me some food for thought on locations I haven't been to yet as well as reminiscing on locations I have visited in the past! I particularly liked your 'patch' observations and successes with your camera traps." 
Steve McDonnell, Chair, Teesmouth Bird Club May 2021



"Thank you very much indeed [Andy] for your talk on the wildlife of Spain. I have had a number of appreciative comments including ‘A great choice of speaker!’ and ‘Thoroughly enjoyed the talk especially the wider ‘picture’ of travel, scenery, food, flowers, mammals, conservation, etc, besides the riveting photos of the birds. Very well done with a much wider perspective’. We are very grateful to Naturetrek for offering the talk for free and we look forward to many more holidays with you (including Spain now!)"
Richard Dixon, Secretary, North Cumbria RSPB Local Group, April 2021

"Sara, thank you for a fascinating talk about the Naturetrek voyage to St Kilda. We so enjoyed your well-rounded travelogue, with maps to reference the journey and overnight stops, beautiful close up photographs of the wonderful wildlife, interesting informative observations about each one and a feel for the onboard experience of the voyagers. The precious photographs of the harsh life of the St Kildan people were backed up with a gentle and sympathetic insight into the island's history.  You are a very engaging speaker and impart information with enthusiasm and humour. A well crafted blend of a myriad of fascinating facts, beautifully delivered and very appreciatively received by our audience, thank you very much."
J.F., Secretary, Ambleside Kirkstone Rotary, March 2021

"Many thanks for the excellent talk last night Sara. The photos were great and it was really interesting to hear of the history of St Kilda and how the people that once inhabited the islands lived, as well as seeing the habitat and wildlife as it is today. Our members have been emailing to say how much they enjoyed the talk. We had a record number attending and will certainly recommend this talk to other groups. Looking forward to the next one!"
Thelma Caine, Management Committee, Surbiton & District Bird Watching Society, March 2021

“Thank you so much Sara for a wonderful talk on St Kilda this evening. There was so much of interest: not just the marine and bird life, but the fascinating history of the islands and their former inhabitants. The photos were excellent too. We have had very positive feedback from members and I am sure we will be looking to book another talk from Naturetrek”
J. Tyler, Talks Officer, Bromley RSPB Local Group. March 2021

“We would like to thank Andy for his excellent presentation about the wildlife of Spain. He started by outlining the different types of environment by region before giving us up to date information concerning the recovery of the Iberian Wolf & Lynx. Outstanding photography with a well informed commentary turned this into a very enjoyable evening”

Eric Sloan, Chairman,  Spelthorne Natural History Society. September 2019

“Thank you very much [Kerrie] on behalf of the Alpine Garden Society East Surrey Group, for your talk on ‘Adventures of a Naturetrek Tour Leader’. We all enjoyed your talk which was clearly delivered with enthusiasm and energy. As well as plants you showed us a wonderful selection of birds, animals and insects from different parts of the world which was an excellent mix for a talk. Thank you for sharing your experiences and love for nature with us. It was a pleasure to meet you.” 
M.S., Alpine Garden Society East Surrey Group, Aug 2019

“Many thanks [Sara] for your presentation on the Naturetrek trip to St Kilda. This was thoroughly enjoyed by all at the RSPB New Forest group meeting. Your talk was both informative and very entertaining. Some comments from our guests at the end of the evening included: 'That was the best talk we have ever had' and 'Sara is such an entertaining speaker!'”
S.W., New Forest RSPB, June 2019

“Thank you [Sara] for giving a very entertaining insight into the wonderful wildlife to be seen en route to St. Kilda. Your photographs and short video, gave stunning views of the scenery and possibility of spotting the many dolphins and whales that visit the north. Also to mention the thousands of sea birds, especially the White-tailed Eagles. The history of the island was also fascinating. A thoroughly good presentation. Many thanks!” 
H.M., Portsmouth RSPB, April 2019

“You [Kerrie] were brilliant! Thanks for the talk and the stunning pictures on Madagascar, just the right balance of general interest and science.” 
C.R., New Forest RSPB Local Group, February 2019

“Andy gave a terrific talk on the Wildlife of Ecuador and the Galapagos, which had everyone enthralled. The photos were first class and he judged perfectly the pace and content of his talk so we were all entranced. A thoroughly professional and fascinating presentation.” 
G.L., Portsmouth Hispanic Society, February 2019

"Thank you for a really interesting talk tonight Tom. I learnt a great deal about amazing wildlife in places I never knew it could be found"
E.H., Bookham Camera Club, December 2018

"Thank you Tom for taking us on a trip to the far reaches of Europe, the West Coast of Scotland, the Forest of Dean, the Somerset Levels and Brazil! It certainly was a whistle stop tour and we all really enjoyed the great photos and your enthusiasm for the wildlife"
G.M., Bookham Camera Club, December 2018

"Thank you so much 
[Andy] for an excellent evening. Peru, Andes to Amazon, incorporating the Humboldt Current, Amazonian Rainforest, macaw clay licks, Incan and other pre-Colombian history, and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was so very interesting with such wonderful photography. Lots of good comments afterwards from our members showed how much they enjoyed it. One member said the evening was ‘’100% ‘’ which is an accolade not given to any of our previous meetings! Hope you will come again and present your lecture on Spain."
D.L., North-East Hants Local RSPB Group, September 2018

"Andy Tucker kindly came to give us a talk on the wildlife of Spain. Andy began with the long boat crossing from the UK to Bilbao showing us the dolphins and seabirds which we might see. At Bilbao there is the Guggenheim Art Museum which is also not to be missed. We were gently taken around the country, taking in the vultures, flowers and butterflies of the Pyrenees to Extremadura, Gibraltar and the Coto Doñana with the chance to see the Iberian Lynx. The talk was very informative, most entertaining, clear and beautifully illustrated. It was delivered with passion and humour . We all enjoyed it very much. We will aim to book Andy again in the near future."
J.J., Amersham Birdwatching Club, September 2018

“Thank you so much [Kerrie] for your talk on Thursday night, it was wonderful! We all really enjoyed it and I know it brought back memories for a couple of people who have been lucky enough to tour Madagascar before. Many, many thanks again.”
R.R., Wokingham & Bracknell Local RSPB Group, October 2017

“Our second indoor meeting of the season saw Andy Tucker, from Naturetrek, take us on a breath-taking tour of the spectacular Spanish mountains and wilderness. How to sum up Andy’s talk? Amazing birds, Ibex, Iberian lynx, wolves, brown bears, wildcats, orchids, butterflies. Alpine Chough sitting beside you while you’re eating your picnic, stunning landscapes, blue skies, blue cheese, vineyards and wine-tasting. Thank you Andy, what a great evening!”
R.R., Wokingham & Bracknell Local RSPB Group, October 2017

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