What will we bring with us?
Absolutely everything . At the same time if you have a couple of spare display tables that will save us from having to unload ours. Other than that all we ask is a power socket, a cup of tea and some smiling faces!
We have a full set of digital presentation equipment including screens, projectors and sound systems and can offer fully illustrated talks on a wide range of Natural History subjects. Our equipment is such that we can cope with venues from a small clubhouse to a cinema or large school hall. In the event that your venue is equipped with presentational facilities we are happy to use in-house screens providing they are large enough and suit our projection format. For all other hardware, software and cabling we prefer to use our own. Please do not be offended if we decline the offer to use your in-house units. It is nothing personal - rather that we have trained our units to talk to one another in the same language without arguing and it avoids problems such as computer incompatibilities and sound system feedbacks.
I travel extensively and have comprehensive cover of a wide range of subjects from Britain and Europe and many other of the World's wild places. The range of talks has been structured to suit General Interest Groups, Specific Interest Groups, Wildlife and Conservation Societies as well as Social Groups who require Speakers.
I am normally travelling in the Spring/Summer season and so limit my talks to the period from 1st Oct to 31st March. That said I am happy to take short term bookings during the summer if I am here and a quick email will ascertain my availability. ( Whilst I am quite happy to take phone enquiries my travel schedule often means I cannot take your call or access my voicemail easily. If you are phoning and cannot get through to me first time round then please contact me by Snailmail or Email and your enquiry will be dealt with as promptly as possible as I have someone to monitor these communications in my absence.)
Our Wildlife and Photographic Talks pricelist comprises a "Talk fee", plus normal travel expenses. These consist of a mileage charge only (33P per mile at current fuel prices - Oct '12) for distances of up to 50 miles from Bournemouth. In excess of 50 miles we will require mileage plus the cost of a "motorway type" snack-meal for two and for some evening venues in excess of 100 miles we will possibly also require overnight accommodation for two in either a twin or two singles. Your details can be confirmed at time of booking.
The constantly changing production costs and associated expenses of our very wide range of presentations, coupled with frequently extensive forward booking periods, prevents us from being able to issue a long-term pricelist and has given rise to a degree of variation in the "talk fees" applied to the various talk sections listed below. These fees will, however, be quoted and guaranteed for twelve months at, and from, time of booking although we reserve the right to amend mileage rates in the event of any significant rise in fuel costs.
A quick email will ascertain the latest situation and our best "guesstimate" of an overall price for forward bookings if required.
There is no great urgency for deciding talk content as this can usually be changed or confirmed up to one month prior to reservation date. To avoid disappointment, however, please secure a booking for your proposed date as soon as possible as we are already committing to dates some two years hence.