A Special Evening for Horsham Photographic Society’s, Natural History Group

Renowned guest speaker, Ben Hall, will be visiting Horsham in March, thanks to the Horsham Photographic Society’s Natural History Group.

Horsham Photographic Society was founded in 1949, though it is thought it may have been going since 1923, in the name of Horsham and District Photographic club.

The Natural History Group is a very popular part of the society, with plenty of indoor and outdoor sessions and experiences to which most people would not normally have access. One such experience was “A Walk with a Hawk” where Huxley’s Bird of Prey Centre was able to let two of their Harris hawks walk and fly with in private woods just outside Horsham. Members also had the privilege of a tour with the wardens at Knepp Castle, near Dial Post, who have a personal interest in conservation there. A representative of the society said: “We had the advantage of learning about some of the wildlife they have, including their rare cattle. This year we have several visits to the British Wildlife Centre which has agreed to open their doors just to us.

“It is the Natural History Group which has been able to secure this rare opportunity and renowned guest speaker, Ben Hall, and on this rare occasion is happy to share this presentation with members of the general public.”

Ben Hall has gained worldwide recognition as one of Britain’s foremost professional wildlife photographers. His images are often surprising, always striking and ever striving to awaken people to the diversity of the natural world. Described by “Living Edge” magazine as ‘a passionate and experienced wildlife photographer, with a perfectionist’s eye for detail’, and with a lifelong passion for the natural world, Ben has used his skill in photography to capture many stunning images. He is driven by the need to protect and preserve Britain’s last fragile ecosystems, as testified by his work with the RSPB and various wildlife trusts and other conservation organisations.

Ben is a regular photographic and editorial contributor to clients as diverse as BBC Wildlife, Practical Photography, Outdoor Photography, Photography Monthly, The Grebe (Cheshire Wildlife Trust), Living Edge, Birds (RSPB), Cheshire Life and many more. He has also been made Vice President of Cheshire Wildlife Trust and has appeared on numerous radio and television programmes, including BBC Countryfile where he starred alongside Ellie Harrison, and BBC 1′s Walk on the Wild Side. His images are sold world-wide.

In between taking images for commissions and agencies, Ben runs wildlife photography workshops, using his personal coaching style to inspire others to see Britain’s natural landscapes the way he does. At his upcoming visit to Horsham, he will share his thoughts and photographs with a view to teaching some of what he has learnt.

This talk will be held at The Salvation Army, Booth Way, Horsham RH13 5PZ, on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 at 7.30pm, for a prompt start at 7.45pm. Parking and seating is limited and Ben is very popular, so it is essential to reserve a seat. A £10 charge is payable on the evening, which includes refreshments. There will be the opportunity to purchase books and prints. The society is only able to accept cash or cheque.

For booking details and information on Horsham Photographic Society, visit: www.horshamphotographicsociety.co.uk or contact Anne: 01403 891126.

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