Illustrated talks

I offer a range of illustrated talks and can adapt them to the needs of different audiences. Wildlife groups, photography clubs and social groups all appreciate the mixture of beautiful images, facinating information and plenty of humour. See below for a description of all of the current titles. I will travel to anywhere within reach of the Midlands and the talk charge from January 2021 is £75 plus 33p/mile from Solihull. I can provide all neccesary equipment and can adapt timings to suit group needs. See the bottom of the page for examples of previous feedback.

Secret Wildlife of the Cairngorms:
Join wildlife photographer Nick Martin as he discovers some of the special animal and birds of the Scottish Highlands. From elusive Pine Marten to cryptic Ptarmigan find out how these highland specialists exist in the most remote yet beautiful parts of Scotland.

Secrets of Wildlife Photography:
Using inspiring images as well as a few that went wrong, I will illustrate the main techniques used in wildlife photography. Getting close to wildlife, using hides and composing a pleasing image are all covered, (I make sure that this talk is appropriate for the audience and will make it far less techy for non photographer audiences.)

Discovering Scotland's Western and Northern Isles:
In this digital presentation I describe the Western Isles of Scotland including Skye and the mysterious Outer Hebrides. We then move north to the magical Shetlands. Images of landscapes and wildlife include everything from orchids to eagles and skuas to otters.

The Stories of our British Mammals:
From bats to badgers, seals to stags, discover the greatest and smallest of our British mammals. We'll explore woodlands, farmland, the coasts and the mountains searching for the exciting animals that can be so elusive but facinating. We'll also find out what makes these varied creatures so special, their relationships with other wildlife, with us and their history in this country.

Secret Wildlife of the Forest of Dean:
The beautiful Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire harbours a wide range of woodland wildlife including many secretive and surprising animals and birds. We'll look for the elusive goshawk, the shy dipper and the exotic mandarin ducks. Find out where adders hide, dormice feed and about the exciting return of the wild boar to the woodland scene.

A Photographers Wild Britain:
From reptiles on the Dorset heaths to the sea bird colonies of the Shetlands we travel around Britain describing some of the wild places and the special animals and birds that live there. Enjoy stunning images from swirling flocks of waders to lekking black grouse and basking adders.

Secrets of the Wildlife Garden:
A journey around the wildlife garden through the seasons discovers some of the less well known and the more familiar characters behind our homes! We’ll dig a pond, plant a hedge and find out how to attract the widest range of birds and animals into the garden.

Britain's Best Wildlife:
Badgers, bluebells, eagles, hedgehogs; Britain has some wonderful and diverse wildlife. With delightful images we will count down Nicks top twenty animals, birds and plants and find out how and why Nick chose these from the countless options. We will also learn how he created a portfolio of images of these charismatic and attractive subjects. Can you guess the top five!?


Wildlife of Sydney and the Blue Mountains:
From vibrant fairy wrens to noisy cockatoos, frogmouths to fruit bats Sydney has a wide variety of wildlife to enchant visitors to this wonderful antipodean destination. Across four visits Nick has accumulated many images to illustrate his exploration of this area and its nature.

Coming soon..

Journeys into Wild Wales:
From mountains to to the coast, Wales has a wide variety of wonderful habitats and wildlife. Join Nick as he visits some of the best places for this country's finest animals and birds. We'll enjoy Anglesey, Snowdonia, the mid Wales Valley woodlands, the Gower peninsular and even jump on a boat to Skomer.


RSPB Malvern...The stories of our British Mammals
"Very many thanks for such an entertaining talk on Wednesday.   I think I can speak for the whole group when I say how enjoyable it was, just the right amount of detail, and humour, and great photos.   
Thank you.  I learnt a lot, I now just have to try to remember it!"

Castle Bromwich Ladies Club... A Photographers Wild Britain
"Our members enjoyed seeing the wonderful wildlife around our countryside and shores. Your love of this shone through in your photographs and alongside we had your interesting and informative chats that made for a very successful evening."

South Leicester Birders...Secret Wildlife of the Cairngorms
"I know that you are a busy man but may I express my sincere thanks for the slides and talk
at South Leicester Birders last night, The photographs were superb and of course from many trips to Scotland I know the area quite well and knew many of the sites. However once again many thanks for what was definitely my most enjoyable 'lecture' of all time, thank you."

Rushcliff Photographic Society...Secrets of a Wildlife Photographer
"I am so sorry I haven't contacted you before, but just wanted to say a big 'thank you' for coming to speak to us last week.   The feedback has been so positive with everyone saying how much they enjoyed the evening and how interesting you were.  I think this is the best feedback I have ever heard."

Dorridge Probus...The stories of our British Mammals
"Just a quick note to express my own personal thanks and also the thanks of Dorridge PROBUS Club for your excellent presentation. One of our members who can be critical sometimes said to me after the talk that it was the best he had attended in many years. I am sure you will get an invite for a return at a later date as a talk on your subject would be a good one for one of our Ladies Lunches."