Walks & Talks:

I'm out and about in nature almost every day, as I live

right next to Lewes Railway Land Nature Reserve in Sussex UK 

It's the perfect starting point for a walk along the river, through the woods or over the South Downs National Park.

There's easy access for all here and it is full of  surprises!

Scroll down to find out more about

Covid safe Walks.

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One of my favourite subjects (Nature Photography) is teaching young and old some cool tips and tricks, like how to hold a fox in view for a few seconds or more after it spots you and where it will reappear shortly after it trots off.

 Please contact me if you would like to come on a walk.

If you can't for some reason, why not book a LIVE VIDEO LINK

which can be for an individual or a whole group. 

You can come with me nature watching, maybe to see butterflies settle to sleep in the late afternoon, wander in the reed beds with the warblers, go foraging perhaps or even fossil hunting and I'll post you a fossil that we find.

Walks don't need to be themed by the way, if you like

just come out with me and see what we find. 

Covid safe walks can be booked too!

Sanitised laminated photo packs of the years events

and social distancing adhered to. 

  

*Scroll down to see just some of my 'Calendar of Events'

but remember that on these walks & talks

have the whole year's action to view in your photo packs

so that we can go out at any time of year.

During September and October 2021 I am taking Walks & Talks

                                         from Seaford beach for the                                        'Homeward Bound' and 'Newhaven' festivals

Please email me for dates, times and places available.

 

 

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Gift vouchers are available

 and are valid for 12 months

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My guided walks and illustrated slideshow talks became popular  after I appeared on the BBC TV program ' Springwatch'  in 2016 

having discovered and filmed an annual, previously unrecorded 

natural history spectacle of a thousand Thin lipped Mullet returning up the

Sussex River Ouse.  After spawning at sea in the winter, they come hereto heal their wounds and infections in the ice cold spring water of the Lewes Winterbourne stream. The event is now known a 'A Murmuration of Mullet.'

Follow the link below to watch the piece on Springwatch and take a look at my own spectacular underwater pictures in the  slide show below and on the GALLERY page.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03wwztx

To request a one to one, small group guided walk or an illustrated talk at your venue or function, perhaps a home visit and a fireside laptop slideshow for the family,

on this or any of the other subjects listed below, then please email me on the 'CONTACT' page.

steveswalksandtalks@gmail.com

*Scroll down for a slideshow of photos linked to the current walks & talks

and follow this link for a review of  'The Living Shoreline' talk to learn more:

https://thelivingcoast.org.uk/news/the-living-shoreline-in-pictures

Current illustrated Walks & talks 

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The Living Shoreline

Reconnect to Nature

Responsible Sustainable Foraging

Nature Photography - Top tips & secret tricks

After a very successful combination of all these subjects

at the Railway Land Trust Lewes Annual General Meeting

I have been asked to do repeats outside in the reserve

with the slideshow in individual laminated photo packs

as I have done for Newhaven Festival along the shore.

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Me

Me

Taking a break from filming BBC Springwatch

A Murmuration of Mullet

A Murmuration of Mullet

A pair of Ducks look on in amazement as the shoal fill the inlet of springwater entering the tidal river in the centre of Lewes town

River Lamprey on a mullet

River Lamprey on a mullet

This ancient creature hitches a ride and takes a meal from it's host on it's way to spawn upstream

Into the Spa

Into the Spa

This image of the fish, entering what the BBC described as 'the spa', won Photo of the month in Viva Lewes magazine

Ancient & Modern

Ancient & Modern

The contrasting scene here says it all. The ancient unchanged world underwater and the ever changing modern world above.

Ravens & Kittiwake

Ravens & Kittiwake

Ravens hunting for Kittiwake's eggs & Chicks

The Living Shoreline

The Living Shoreline

The spectacular interface of land, sea & air

Octypus Barrel Jellyfish

Octypus Barrel Jellyfish

This photo was featured in Brighton's Evening Argus newspaper and lead to me being repeatedly invited to speak on BBC Radio Sussex on all matters natural history relevant, including teaching roving reporter Simon Jenkins to catch a mackerel on a live broadcast from Seaford beach.

Dive of Death

Dive of Death

Walks and Talks Like a ballerina the Gannet pirouettes.. but this is no dance, it,s a dive of death for the fish below. Steve's illustrated talk of the extraordinary interface between land, sea and air 'The Living Shoreline' might well have been entitled life and death along the shoreline! Follow the link below for a review... https://thelivingcoast.org.uk/news/the-living-shoreline-in-pictures

Shingle bank habitat

Shingle bank habitat

The rare and protected area of beach above the tideline

Something is about to happen!

Something is about to happen!

Learn other anima'ls sign languge

Reconnect to nature

Reconnect to nature

The story of Joe the crow says it all.

Why does he stare at my camera?

Why does he stare at my camera?

He sees himself in my lens, not me. Think like the creatures you meet.

Don't just look, 'see'

Don't just look, 'see'

This Swan may attack you, first it will warn you by standing to reveal the reason, it's eggs.

Butterfly eaten by a mouse

Butterfly eaten by a mouse

Be a nature detective

Whitethroat at dawn

Whitethroat at dawn

Naturally in sepia

The Art of Flight

The Art of Flight

How to create art with a camera and flying creatures

" Duck!"

" Duck!"

Southern Emerald Damselfly

Southern Emerald Damselfly

Deliberately filmed to create patterns

Dance of the Red Admirels

Dance of the Red Admirels

The Annual arrival of Migrant Butterflies on the Sussex coast

Horse Mushrooms

Horse Mushrooms

Fabulous flash fried in Bacon fat with a scattering of wild Gooseberries

Foraging

Foraging

Responsible Sustainable Foraging

Mackerel & Fennel

Mackerel & Fennel

Wild Fennel grows at the top of the beach where I fish and so, is the perfect accompaniment

Pig Nuts

Pig Nuts

The wonderful peppery sweet nut like tubers under the most delicate little white umbellifer.

Beech leaf Gin

Beech leaf Gin

10 days to make, one day to drink... or it will turn the colour of dead beech leaves and loose it's magic.

Snap a Reedwarbler without long lens

Snap a Reedwarbler without long lens

Learn how to get close by walking backwards!

Nature Photography Tricks and Tips

Nature Photography Tricks and Tips

Read the signs

Gain a few seconds with a Fox

Gain a few seconds with a Fox

Be calm, don't panic, if a fox has just one leaf in front of one eye, it thinks you can't see it.

Learn how to get up close to a Heron

Learn how to get up close to a Heron

I can't give away too many secrets, you'll have to come to one of my talks...

Stop a Swan attack instantly

Stop a Swan attack instantly

Just whistle like a signet,... I will teach you.

Calendar of Events

There are way too many Natural History spectacles to list here but

I wanted to let you know or a few regular favourites so you might plan ahead. 

March

Mullet should all be back from spawning and in the river for all to see.

Herons & Egrets nesting together in the trees on Egrets Way path.

Best month for fossil Hunting after winter rock falls

1000 Thin Lipped Mullet
1000 Thin Lipped Mullet
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Heron Chicks
Heron Chicks
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Fossil Hunting
Fossil Hunting
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April

Fennel is sprouting and Mackerel pass Sussex close to the shore.

The Dance of the Red Admirals on Itford Hill.

Grass snakes emerge from hibernation

and the Cuckoos arrive with their hosts the Reed warblers.

Wild Fennel & Mackerel
Wild Fennel & Mackerel
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Dance of the Red Admirels
Dance of the Red Admirels
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Grass snake
Grass snake
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May

 There are all sorts to see and do in May but it's mainly Birds singing, migrants returning, eggs and chicks.

Dawn Chorus at it's best...and in the evenings too!

Robin singing
Robin singing
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Blackbird's eggs
Blackbird's eggs
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A Moorhen's first day out
A Moorhen's first day out
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June

I like to take a few risks with my photography in June,

'The Art of Flight'

Is a slideshow talk I'm planning but feel free to book a walk with me, bring your camera or borrow one of mine if you like?

The Art of Flight
The Art of Flight

Duck

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The Art of Flight
The Art of Flight

Whitethroat

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Blue Damselfly
Blue Damselfly
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July

A great month for Butterflies and I teach folk to find where they sleep in late afternoon to get cool close-ups and to return in the morning to catch them

in a different light.

At night there are glow worms not 100m from my home in July.

Marbled White
Marbled White
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Glow worm
Glow worm
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Orange Tip
Orange Tip
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August

I'm lucky enough to know of a place where once a year I can take a few

Horse Mushrooms and I have decided to take just one person per year to see this spectacle and perhaps take a few home to eat. 

They are arguably the tastiest of all mushrooms*.

*The photo in the middle shows Field Mushrooms by comparrison.

Horse Mushroom
Horse Mushroom
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Field Mushrooms Lewes
Field Mushrooms Lewes
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Horse Mushrooms
Horse Mushrooms
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September

This month's main attraction is an annual daily spectacle when millions of whitebait are herded close to shore and attacked by the migrating Mackerel. The food chain frenzy that follows is such a sight that in 2014

BBC Radio Sussex asked me to go live with roving reporter

Simon Jenkins to describe what was happen to the listeners. 

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October (2021)

With rising sea levels and increase in water temperature perhaps to blame, the annual spectacle along the Southern English coast was late this year but it was indeed spectacular and I was lucky enough to be there on the day when the wind turned and the waves revealed what was beneath them!

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The 'surfing' Mackerel above with the scattering Whitebait in a rolling wave was probably the the most exciting shot I got but there were many other fabulous sights that weren't able to be caught by camera so I do hope and cannot wait to take more folk out to see this next year. Do keep in touch.

The above are just some highlights of some months in the year,

more will be added as the year progresses, and for daily news as things unfold

please follow me on Instagram (@homewoodsteve) and revisit this site.