Upcoming Events

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2024

July

 

20 Event: Moth Morning Charleston Festival of the Garden Fully Booked

20 Wildlife Walk: Butterfly Walk Charleston Festival of the Garden Fully Booked

21 Event: Graffham Down Trust Annual Picnic

22 Wildlife Walk: Butterflies of the South Downs Seven Sisters

25 Workshop: Moths and Butterflies at Wowo Campsite

26 Talk: The Long Walk Home Ferring Conservation Society

August

1 Event Bat Evening at Laughton Greenwood Laughton

4 (AM)Wildlife Walk: Adonis Blues and Chalk Hills Lewes Fully Booked

4 (PM) Wildlife Walk Afternoon Adonis Blues and Chalk Hills Extra Event

18 Wildlife Walk Searching for the Hornet Robberfly Amberley

20 Talk Wildlife of Sussex Friends of Ashdown Forest

September

12 Event: Bat Evening at Seven Sisters Country Park

13-15 All Things Fungi Festival West Hoathly, East Grinstead

21 Event: Bat Evening at Mayes Park Nr Horsham

27 Event: Bat Evening at Borde Hill Nr Haywards Heath

28 Event: Bat Evening at Borde Hill Nr Haywards Heath

October

12 Event: Fungi Walk at Borde Hill (with my wife) Nr Haywards Heath

This year’s previous events

January

11 Talk: Auks & Orcas (with extra seabirds) Shoreham & District Ornithological Societ

12 Walk: Winter Raptors (Private Client, Christmas Present)

17 Talk: Henfield ‘Year of Biodiversity‘ Launch

18 Talk: The Long Walk Home: Eastbourne Regional SWT Group

23 Talk: Gone: Stories of Extinction Brighton & Hove Wildlife Forum

27 Talk: The Wonderful Wildlife of Seaford Renaturing Seaford

February

3 Talk: Something in the Night  Haslemere Natural History Society

7 (Matinee & Evening)  Talk: Something in the Night Eastbourne & District RSPB Group

10 Compere: Sussex Biological Recorders Seminar

15 Talk: Wildlife of Mayfield Mayfield & District U3A Group

23 Talk: Auks & Orcas Hurst, Hassocks & District U3A Group

24 Talk: Wildlife of Ditchling Lodge Hill

29 Talk: Wildlife of Fernhurst The Fernhurst Society

March

5 Talk: Wildlife of Sussex Eastbourne & Wealden U3A Group

7 Talk: Ovingdean Gardening Group

16 Walk (AM) Wildlife Walk: Hunting for Hawfinches Near Petworth

16 Talk (PM): ‘100 Days in a Suburban Garden’ Kingston Wildlife Gardening Forum

17 Walk (AM) Wildlife Walk Hunting for Hawfinches Near Petworth

17 Walk (PM) Wildlife Walk Hunting for Hawfinches Near Petworth 

19 Talk: The Butterflies of the South Downs Friends of the South Downs

April

3 Talk: Long Walk Home Chichester Natural History Society 

5 Talk: Long Walk Home Loxwood Community Garden

7 Event: Dawn Chorus at Battle Cemetery Fully Booked

21 Event: Welcoming in the Wheatears Seaford Fully Booked

25 Event: Bat Evening at The Secret Campsite Near Lewes Fully Booked

26 Event: A Night of Nightingales Near Henfield Fully Booked

May

4 Event: Dawn Chorus Walk for Sussex Wildlife Trust at Woods Mill Fully Booked

5 Event: Dawn Chorus Walk for Sussex Wildlife Trust at Woods Mill Fully Booked

20-30 Cruise: Wild Islands & Lands of Legend Poseidon Expeditions

June

4 24 Hours in Nature at The Secret Campsite

5 Talk: 100 Days in a Wildlife Garden; Lewes gardening Society

20 Wildlife Walk: Nightjar Solstice Near Midhurst

27 Event: Glow-worm Evening The Secret Campsite Fully Booked

28-30 The Return of The Secret Wildlife Festival Fully Booked

July

6 Course: An Introduction to the Butterflies of Sussex Woods Mill Fully Booked

6 Course: An Introduction to Moths and Moth Trapping Woods Mill Fully Booked

7 Wildlife Walk: Summer Wildflower Walk Lewes to Glynde Fully Booked

11 Event: Glow-worm Evening The Secret Campsite Fully Booked

 

Events

Over the past fifteen years Michael has led hundreds of wildlife events inspiring, educating and engaging thousands of people from Shoreham to Svalbard. 

As a school educator he has taught hundreds of children about their local wildlife (and led their costumed parade through the streets of Lewes dressed as an Elvis impersonator with a grass cape adorned with Adonis Blue butterflies).

For six years he organised and delivered ‘The Secret Wildlife Festival’ – an annual 3-day wildlife and camping event which allowed families to immerse themselves in a long weekend of bats, badgers, beetles and BBQ.   

His popular wildlife education courses for adults, both in person and online, have given thousands of people an insight into the natural world – helping them take their first steps in identifying butterflies, birds and other wildlife.

He is a skilled wildlife guide sharing his passion and knowledge with groups of people or individuals, leading them on guided walks across heath and downs, through woodlands and over rocky shores.  Recently he has worked on willdife cruises helping passengers to identify seabirds, whales and dolphins and guided groups north of the Arctic Circle in Svalbard.

If you would like Michael to organise or lead a wildlife event for a group, family or individual please drop him an email and he can discuss your requests and requirements and design an event for you.

 

Michael’s knowledge of wildlife and ability to hold, educate and entertain a diverse group of people is extraordinary.

We love working with him.” The Secret Campsite

 

 “That was a super guided walk, so interesting with your inimitable character and dialogue.

It was the highlight of my week.” J.M, Haywards Heath

 

Events

Guided Walks

As an experienced wildlife guide Michael can lead your group whether it’s a general wildlife walk at a specific site or a walk targetting certain species. Email him to discuss the full range of options.

Courses

Michael is passionate about wildlife education and his courses give people of all ages a deeper understanding and enjoyment of the natural world. Drop him an email to discuss your requirements. 

Wildlife Experiences

From dawn chorus breakfasts, glow-worm walks and moth and bat evenings to full weekend-long wildlife festivals Michael is experienced in organising and delivering bespoke wildlife encounters. Email him with your requests and we’ll start making plans.

Selected Past Events 

 

2023 was Michael’s first self-employed year and, boy, was he busy! 

In February Michael acted as the compere at the Sussex Biological Recorder’s Seminar then took a month off to go for a walk . During April he no longer had much feeling in his feet but he still managed to lead guided walks and run some team away-day events for corporate groups from London & Brighton. In May there were some early mornings for Dawn Chorus events and late nights for Nightjars and Nightingales. This month also saw the first of Michael’s ’24 Hours in Nature’ immersive team building events at The Secret Campsite.

June and July was all Adonis Blues and hawk-moths at butterfly walks and moth mornings. Michael also co-led a Sussex Safari wildlife holiday for Wildlife Travel and ran wildlife events as part of the Charleston Festival of the Garden.  He was all over the South Downs and up on the Ashdown Forest in August…then in September it all went bat crazy. Michael ran bat walks in woodlands and churchyards, parks and gardens all across Sussex. He also ran a series of events for Borde Hill Gardens to help them prepare for a major National Lottery funding bid. At the start of October he had just about got some feeling back into his toes and led some private one-to-one walks- beginner’s birdwatching morning’s which people had bought as birthday gifts. Then in November he headed west to run events for students at the University of Falmouth.

And in between all of that he was undertaking wildlife surveys for clients, writing wildlife articles, hosting quizzes and giving illustrated wildlife talks to local groups in Eastbourne, Rye, Battle, Uckfield, Kingston, Rustington, Hassocks, Winchester, Forest Row, Amberley, West Wittering, Midhurst, East Grinstead, Brighton, Rudgwick and Zoom.

 

Contact Michael

for a chat about wildlife events and experiences designed to suit you.