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Australia !!

Posted by Alan on Sep 18, 2016 in Details of presentations | No Comments

The wonders of the Arctic…or Polar Bears Behaving Badly !

Posted by Alan on Aug 7, 2014 in Details of presentations | No Comments

New for 2014/2015 , this presentation deals with the issues facing the Arctic and their impact on the animals that call it  home .

We look at the adaptations for living there and through the exploits of some cheeky polar bears and friends we get an insight into their daily lives .

Part of this talk could be linked with ‘Africa’  to compare hot and cold places and the adaptations of the flora and fauna .

Suitable for all ages .

‘Just a Photo’ a journey through some of the most serious conservation issues facing animals today .

Posted by Alan on Apr 26, 2014 in Details of presentations | No Comments
‘Just a Photo’ a journey through some of the most serious conservation issues facing animals today .

The most popular presentation by far  during 2014 , ‘Just a Photo’ takes your children on a photographic safari around the world . We visit most of the places featured in the other presentations and I discuss how easy or difficult it was to get the main photographs . From the leopard in Etosha National Park that just happened to be in a tree on the side of the road to the jaguars in Guyana that we spent weeks looking for …and never found ! From the Indri in Madagascar that climbed down the tree right in front of us ….to the sloth bear in India that we waited patiently for at dawn for five days and then when it finally appeared – I lifted my camera , spooked it and it ran off leaving me with a photo that could just as easily be of a black bin bag !!!!  The important part of this talk is the discussion of why the animals are difficult to find and photograph – this includes  deforestation  and the capture of animals for the pet trade and human food chain in Madagascar , the poaching of tigers in India for medicine and the planting of oil palm in Malaysia leading to the decline of orang-utans . I discuss the work done by the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary in Sabah and many schools use this as a stimulus to launch topic work on orang-utans and go on to adopt an orang-utan ( or 4 as one Blackpool school managed to do !!! )

‘The Oceans’ – from the Coral Triangle to the Sea of Cortez in search of the most amazing marine life.

Posted by Alan on Apr 26, 2014 in Details of presentations | No Comments

Let’s go on an underwater safari in the Coral Triangle around the coasts of the Philippines and Malaysia to see some of the most iconic marine animals …..from the huge marine turtles to the tiniest pygmy seahorses .We’ll see shoals of barracuda , moray eels , frogfish etc. and look at how they are adapted to survive in this most testing environment ……….and from there to the marine mammal rich Sea of Cortez . We’ll see the grey whales in the safety of the lagoon where they give birth after an epic migration from Alaska , humpbacks breaching ………..but will we find the largest animal that has ever existed?  The blue whale .

Africa !!!

Posted by Alan on Jun 24, 2013 in Details of presentations | No Comments


Let me take your pupils to sample the wildlife , landscapes and people of two very different parts of Africa. We visit Namibia with its incredible dunes and the Etosha National Park where we find the typical African fauna  and compare it to the forests of Madagascar. Suitable for all age groups .


Borneo -land of the orang utan and seas of the coral triangle!

Posted by Alan on Jan 13, 2012 in Details of presentations | No Comments

Home to the oldest rainforest on earth , we went to the Danum Valley in Sabah to look for orangutan , flying frogs and flying geckos ! We saw first hand the devastation caused by the drive to grow more oil palm …………………and the incredible work of the Sepilok orangutan rehabilitation centre , supported by Orangutan Appeal UK.

The seas of the coral triangle have what is probably the greatest marine biodiversity in the world and yet destructive fishing methods are destroying huge tracts of coral . Come with me to see what brings divers from all over the world ….from the tiny pygmy seahorse to the enormous thresher sharks off Malapascua Island in the Philippines.

‘Costa Rica – a special relationship’

Posted by Alan on Nov 1, 2011 in Details of presentations | No Comments

In this presentation I investigate a whole range of associations that exist between organisms in the rainforests of Costa Rica. From predator – prey relationships and parasitism  to mutualism and commensalism – and lots of other associations  which aren’t too easy to define! When you consider that army ants have been found to have over 550 organisms associated with them …………300 or so of which are totally dependent on their ant ‘friends’ you can understand just how complex this special relationship is !

Suitable for A level students / Natural History Groups.


‘The tracks of the tiger’

Posted by Alan on Jun 6, 2011 in Details of presentations | No Comments
‘The tracks of the tiger’

Is time running out for the ultimate predator? We travelled to Delhi and onwards to two National Parks ( Bandhavgarh and Satpura ) to see , at first hand , why the future of this magnificent animal in the wild is so uncertain . The talk takes your children on a very brief tour of rural and city life in India , looks at some of the challenges facing people and how these incredibly friendly people cope .We then look at the ways the guides and trackers can read the signs and signals to find this most elusive animal .

‘The Lost City’

Posted by Alan on Jun 6, 2011 in Details of presentations | No Comments
‘The Lost City’

This talk begins with an introduction to / reminder of the five groups of vertebrates and I then check that children have grasped the main features of the birds, fish , amphibians , reptiles and mammals by getting them to classify stuffed examples of each ( stuffed toys by the way !!! ) We then ‘go on an adventure through the rainforest ‘ in search of the lost city …….trying to decide whether animals we meet on the way are vertebrates or not and if they are ……………what class they belong to. Good fun !  Suitable for Years 2, 3 or 4 .

‘Madagascar – magic and mystery or disaster?’

Posted by Alan on Jun 1, 2011 in Details of presentations | No Comments
‘Madagascar – magic and mystery or disaster?’

After years of planning a trip to see  and hopefully photograph some of the world’s most incredible animals and plants , things started to get a little worrying ……a devastating cyclone , a coup , widespread unemployment , out of control deforestation and lots and lots of other  threats to the endemic animals and plants .Would we be able to find an indri , a sifaka , the largest chameleon in the world ,  the blue eyed frog, the giraffe necked weevil and the leaf tailed gecko ????

Let me take your pupils to this magical land .