|The National Trust's Stackpole National Nature Reserve is the venue for a day in the company of Welsh profesional photographer and lecturer, Andy Davies, who will provide hands-on expert tuition to small groups who are introduced to the essentials of creative photography. This is an exceptionally diverse wildlife location offering one of the best chances to photograph a resident family of otters in the UK.
The Bosherston ponds are at their best when the lilies are in flower at the end of May and the woodlands are carpeted in bluebells and wild garlic. Other subjects of interest are herons, mute swans, damselflies, dragonflies and butterflies. Awe inspiring landscapes abound with Barafundle and Broad Haven being two of the most picturesque beaches in Wales. The autumn woodland colours are spectacular and make for superb landscape compositions when reflected in the ponds.
Whether a complete beginner, enthusiast, aspiring professional or seasoned photographer, Andy provides comprehensive tuition to suit all levels in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. There is plenty of time throughout the workshop for one-to-one tuition when topics of your interest can be explored.
We meet at 9.15am for an introductory talk at the National Trust's Stackpole Outdoor Learning Centre and the day is then spent visiting various locations in the Reserve. Instruction is informal and conducted as we work our way around the ponds, woodland and beaches. The course finishes at 3.15pm.
Workshop dates for 2014
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
The location of the Stackpole Outdoor Learning Centre (SA71 5DQ) can be found on Google Maps or the Ordnance Survey's Get-a-map but a Satnav or AA's Route Planner will direct you down a road that does not exist! From Pembroke, take the B4319 and turn left, still on the B4319 following the signs for Bosherston. Turn left off this road at the sign to Bosherston but take the left almost back on yourself where there is a sign for Mencap Stackpole Gardens and a brown sign for Stackpole Centre. Take this and turn right at the next T junction and to the car park in front of reception.
How to book
Numbers are limited and workshops must be booked at least a day in advance. Contact Andy Davies on 07977 562321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We meet in reception at the National Trusts' Education Centre at Stackpole at 9.15am.
Participants must ring or text Andy the day before on 07977 562321 to confirm their attendance. You will only receive a reply if there is a problem. Please bring a packed lunch and something to drink.
Digital compact cameras or digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) with interchangeable lenses.
Laptop computer loaded with Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite or Elements. Trial versions can be downloaded from the Adobe website. Tripod.