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The University of Nottingham, School of Biology, MSc Biological Photography and Imaging

The following list is all of the Internal staff and external staff who teach and associated to the MSc Biological Photography and Imaging course.

The University of Nottingham Staff

Dr Kate Durrant MSc Course Director
Dr Thomas Hartman University Teaching Associate Science Specialist
Dr David Fox  MSc Museum Curator
Steve Galloway Taught Course Specialist
Tim Smith Senior Technician SEM

Visiting Teaching Staff

Luke Saddler Videographer [ HDSLR Filmmaker ] Final Cut Pro/ Adobe Premier
Helen Walsh Freelance Photographer, Designer, Illustrator
Alex Hyde Landscape Photographer, Adobe Product specialist
Katherine Dixon Web Design, Photographer, Videographer
Frankie Buckle Zeiss specialist, Photographer
Kelly Neaves
Jill Groom Photographer, Marine Biology
David Newton Canon Eos Trainer, Photographer, Writer

Supporting Industrial  Members

Geoff Espin Photographer, Orchid Specialist
Raymond Fitchett Sigma Photographic
Fran Maloni Jigsaw24 Apple Mac Computers
Jason Batterham Calumet Photographic

External Lecturing Staff

Professor Heather Angel Professional Wildlife Photographer
Gavin Thurston Professional Filmmaker
Stephen Moss BBC Natural History Unit Bristol
Dr Rob Lambert Tourism and Environment
Dr Paul Eggleton Natural History Museum
Phil Songhurst Consultant

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During the academic year of 2010/2011 The MSc Biological Photography and Imaging went on several field trips these included

  1. Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire
  2. Padley Gorge, Derbyshire
  3. Twycross Zoo
  4. Chester Zoo
  5. Broadcast Video Expo, London
  6. Focus on Imaging, Birmingham
  7. Birmingham Fish Market
  8. Sea Life Center, Birmingham
  9. Slimbridge, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
  10. Monkey Forest
  11. British Wildlife Center
  12. Filey Brigg
  13. Bempton Cliffs, RSPB Center

For the new academic year of 2011/2012 it is planed introduced the following field trips

  1. Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
  2. British Geological Survey, Keyworth
  3. A 4 day field trip to Pembrokeshire, Wales

The full details of the Pembrokeshire visit will be listed over the next week

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Helen Walsh one of the associated members of the teaching staff on the MSc Biological Photography and Imaging, Helen’s role on the  course is running two field trips one to the Monkey Forest and the second is to the British Wildlife Center. Helen is now a freelance photographer, designer and writer with a special interest in science communication. She was one of the very first students to graduate from the University of Nottingham with an MSc in Biological Photography and Imaging, her passion is for capturing and communicating in the natural world and the issues it faces . After leaving the MSc Biological Photography and Imaging at the University of Nottingham, she has worked across and within the charitable sector helping organisations to communicate their messages about the environment to a whole host of different people, and using a wide range of marketing tools

Having worked in a marketing environment for 8 years, with organisations like The Wildlife Trusts, Biodiversity Partnerships, the University of Nottingham and environmental consultancies, Helen has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of wildlife and environmental issues, photography, graphic design, editing, writing, branding and interpretation. All supported by a BSc in Zoology and an Associateship with the Royal Photographic Society.

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Helen Walsh working with students at the Monkey Forest

Helen Walsh website

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Here is a chance to put a caption to a image taken by David Fox whilst at the Monkey

What do you think should be the title, answer via comments please

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Chris Halstead is currently working full-time as a Ranger at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, which is part of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. On this reserve Chris, project manages new hide instillations and is running several photographic workshops, which will take place during the spring/summer. Chris has been placed in charge of arranging and preparing some of the talks at the wildlife reserve. Chris Halstead graduated from the MSc in Biological Photography and imaging in the class of 2009/10.

Top 10 Wildlife Watching Spots


MSc Biological Photography & Imaging


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To add to the visit at the International Center for Birds of Prey, David Fox has asked that we mention the British Falconry Fair which will be taking place on the Bank Holiday weekend of  1st and 2nd of May

What’s on in 2011…

to include: Falconry Talks, Advice & Legal Information, Game Cooking Demos …and much more!

  • Continuous Arena Events
  • Stunning Falconry Flying Displays
  • Sporting & Wildlife Artists
  • Demonstrations of Working Dogs used in Falconry
  • Craft Fair
  • Major Exhibitions by National Countryside Organisations
  • Stickdressing (Show Monday)
  • Plummer Terrier Association Championship Stock Show
    (Registered only) (Sunday)
  • Invitation Beagle Show (Sunday)
  • Ferrets (Show Monday)
  • Licensed Bars & Catering
  • Children’s Quad Bikes, Bouncy Castle &
    HUGE Woodland Adventure Playground
  • Come Shopping At Over 200 Quality Trade Stands!
  • Discover the beauty of Ragley Hall and Gardens
  • Website

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The Photographic Adventure to talk about

Friday morning, 07.00 the eyes of the MSc student sleep ridden as they clime aboard the coach for a photographic adventure at the International Center for Birds of Prey. The coach driver at the wheel with a welcoming smile on his face, he knows were we are going,  not a problem to find it, that does make a change but we do have Dr David Fox who knows our host and the center in side out. The students settle down on the coach and the head count has been done, off we go towards the M42 and forwards to the M5 by ten we will be there.

Breakfast Next

The next stop will be to fill up on breakfast. David Fox has the route plan out for the best service station breakfast. Heading along the M42 most of the students are asleep saving their energy for the day ahead, David Fox sitting to my left and Galloway in the seat behind watching a documentary about Annie Leibovitz.

International Center for Birds of Prey

We arrived at the International Center for Birds of Prey at 10.30 where we were greeted by Jemima Parry-Jones MBE, if you have never in the presents of Jemima before then you are in for a new experience, if there is ever a lady to be set as an example for a role model then Jemima could be that person. Jemima has had an outstanding career, see her CV here

Birds in flight

During the course of the whole year about 60 individual birds will be flown for demonstration or on training courses.

The students on the MSc Biological Photography and imaging had a fantastic day at the center Jemima and her team of well trained and dedicated falconers made the day the most memorable and a truly exciting day for all, visit the web site and visit the center you will not be disappointed

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