Talks

I am a conservationist by profession, with 30+ years experience of statutory nature conservation in Britain; an ecologist by training; and a naturalist by inclination. My passion is communication, as a lecturer, tour leader, author and broadcaster, trying to convey some of my enthusiasm for the natural world.

My talks are fully illustrated with my own images, and typically last 1-1.5 hours, according to need. PLEASE NOTE I AM VERY HAPPY TO DELIVER TALKS BY ZOOM (ESPECIALLY FOR GROUPS WITH THEIR OWN PRO ACCOUNT, ALLOWING MORE THAN 40 MINUTES). See below for prices

Example titles are given below (although all can be tailored to the audience or location):

POPULAR TOPICS

P1           Gardening with Wildlife in Mind

P2           Getting to know your Garden Invertebrates

P3           Our Changing Wildlife – the influence of the climate crisis

P4           The World in a Grain of Sand – a close-up look at the insects and other wildlife we often miss in search of the bigger picture

P5           The What, Where and Why of Essex Wild Flowers

ESSEX

E1           Wildlife and Conservation of the Essex Coast

E2           Wildlife and Conservation in Essex

E3           The What, Where and Why of Essex Wild Flowers

E4           Fingerprints on the Landscape – 30 years of conserving Essex wildlife

BOTANY

B1        The What, Where and Why of Essex Wild Flowers

B2          Gardening with Wildlife in Mind

B3          Botanical Hotspots of the British Isles

B4          Parasitic Plants

INVERTEBRATES

I1            Getting to know your Garden Invertebrates

I2             The World in a Grain of Sand – a close-up look at the insects and other wildlife we often miss in  search of the bigger picture

I3            Moths and Butterflies of Britain

I4             Insects – Friend or Foe?

THE COAST

C1          The British Coastline – its natural history

C2          Life by the Sea: how to survive and thrive in the maritime fringe

UK

U1          An East Anglian story – the influence of geology, history, climate and other factors on our present-day wildlife and landscape

U2          The British Coastline – its natural history

U3          Botanical Hotspots of the British Isles

U4          Moths and Butterflies of Britain

U5           Life by the Sea: how to survive and thrive in the maritime fringe

U6           Our Changing Wildlife – the influence of the climate crisis

FURTHER AFIELD

F1           Mediterranean Wildlife

F2           The Balearics in Bloom

F3           Wildlife and Wild Places of Menorca

F4            The Magic of the Pyrenees

F5            The Western Rhodope Mountains

In addition, talks can be built around other geographic localities: the Cevennes; the Burren; the Algarve; the Danube Delta; North-east Italy & Slovenia; Greece; Crete; Cyprus; Kenya; Cape May.

Also, more specialised talks and courses can be arranged covering Coastal Ecology; Breckland; Nature Conservation – principles and practice; Parasitic Plants and any combination or subset of the topics above!

We are very happy to offer daytime events, anything from an hour to a full day, especially outside the winter months, under our banner of #BringingNatureToYOU. Please click here for prices and further details.

Costs

North Essex/south Suffolk – £100 plus expenses

Elsewhere in East Anglia – £150 plus expenses

Further afield – please ask for quotation

Zoom talks – £50 for 30 minute talk using free account

                           £80 for hour talk using the group’s pro account

                           £100 for hour talk if I need to use my pro account

Please contact me at

Email: chrismothman@btinternet.com

Tel:     07887 351596

or through the Contact link of this website

BOOKINGS FOR 2022

January 07 – Essex Birdwatching Society – ‘Wildlife and Wild Places of Menorca‘ (by zoom)

February 03 – Hedingham Heritage Society – ‘Insects  – friend or foe?

February 04 – Brightlingsea U3A – ‘Our changing wildlife – the influence of the climate crisis’

February 08 – Four Parishes Gardening Club – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’

February 09 – Bromley RSPB group – ‘Our changing wildlife – the influence of the climate crisis’

February 21 – Tollesbury Garden Club – ‘Wildlife and Conservation in Essex

March 08 – FOLAR/Gardens trust – ‘The Wild Side of Beh Chatto’s Garden

March 09 – Naturetrek (by Zoom) – ‘Butterflies & Moths of the Spanish Pyrenees’

March 15 – Horndon-on-the-Hill Gardening Club – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’

March 29 – Colchester Natural History Society – ‘Not just a field guide to the Essex coast…’

April 05 – Bath Natural History Society – ‘The Good of Small Things‘ (by Zoom)

April 09 – Essex Birdwatching Society Conference – ‘The History of Essex Woodlands’

June 07 – Henham & District Gardeners’ Society – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’

November 2 – Stansted Mountfichet Gardening Club – ‘Our changing wildlife – the influence of the climate crisis’

BOOKINGS FOR 2021

Wivenhoe Watching Wildlife (by Zoom) – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’; Brightlingsea U3A  – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’ (by Zoom); Three Villages Gardening Club – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’ (by Zoom); Lawford Horticultural Society – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’ ; Dunmow Horticultural Society – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’ ; Cockfield WI – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’; Anglia Ruskin University/Beth Chatto Gardens – ‘Importance of nature & habitat creation for  biodiversity and human wellbeing‘; Braintree Organic Gardening Club – ‘Our changing wildlife – the influence of the climate crisis’; Thorley U3A – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’; Tiptree Gardening Club – ‘The What, Where and Why of Essex wild flowers’

Cancelled/postponed due to Coronavirus

Cornards & Chilton Horticultural Society – Our changing wildlife – the influence of the climate crisis’ ; Lawford Horticultural Society – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’ 

BOOKINGS FOR 2020

Felixstowe Horticulture Society – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’; Kirton U3A Garden Group – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’; Love Lincs Plants – How to survive and thrive in a coastal environment (by Zoom)

Cancelled/postponed by COVID:

Lawford Horticultural Society – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’; Essex Birdwatching Society Conference – ‘The History of Essex Woodlands’; Little Cornard Conservation Society – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’ ; Braintree Organic Gardening Club – ‘Our changing wildlife – the influence of the climate crisis’ ;  Stansted Mountfichet Gardening Club – ‘Our changing wildlife – the influence of the climate crisis’ ;  Cockfield WI – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’; Four Parishes Gardening Club – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’; Mersea Museum – ‘Abberton Reservoir, Managed Realignment and Offshore Wind: sustainable development in action’; Three Villages Gardening Club – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’

BOOKINGS FOR 2019

Mersea Island Horticultural Society – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’; Cockaynes Wood Trust Open Meeting – ‘Cockaynes Wildlife in Close Up – the Good of Small Things’; Tendring Eco Group – ‘Climate change: the issues and some solutions‘; St Lawrence Wildlife Talks – Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’; Great Tey Women’s Institute – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’; Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Ipswich Group – ‘An East Anglian Story

BOOKINGS FOR 2018

Great Bentley Gardening Club – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’; Tiptree Gardening Club – Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’; Ipswich Suffolk Wildlife Trust – ‘Wildlife & Wild Places of Menorca’; Essex Birdwatching Society Conference – ‘Conserving the Coastal Birds of Essex – Reflections from 30-years on the front line’; Wheathampstead Horticultural Society – ‘Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’; Castle Hedingham Garden Club – Gardening with Wildlife in Mind’; West Bergholt Gardeners’ Association – The What, Why & Where of Essex Wildflowers