Jason Curtis, award-winning wildlife photographer, spoke on “Wildlife on Your Doorstep” giving many photography tips and presenting a stunning collection of images.

Planning is important: researching a suitable location online, locating the habitat and setting the stage (with feeding perches and camera points) might be some of the background work needed.

Jason visits many reserves locally and elsewhere in the Midlands as well as Skomer Island: illustrated by marvellous scenes of puffins - mouths full of sandeels for the young ‘pufflings’.

Technical advice, on composition and keeping in focus, was accompanied by images of birds in unusual poses: an angry Little Owl, a Tawny Owl with downpointing wings and a beautiful Barn Owl.

Jason’s dedication to getting good wildlife shots was evident: ‘lying in the snow’, ‘getting up before dawn’ for the ‘golden hour’ and occupying ‘hides’ for days.

On Saturday, May 9, David Scott, retired warden of Hartlebury Common, will lead a dawn chorus walk. Meet at Wilden Top car park at 5.30am prompt (warm clothes needed). The walk will end at Titton Stores at about 7.30am for pre-ordered refreshments.

Go to www.hartleburycommon.org.uk or phone Dr Joy M Rooney on 01299 877275 for further information.