Colin Varndell

Natural History Photography

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Natural Details
Reptiles and amphibians Weddings
Slide Presentations
Photodays and workshops


Slide Presentations

Please note that all these photographs are the copyright of Colin Varndell

Colin travels widely to lecture and give slide presentations. His current shows are detailed below. The presentations generally last about an hour and can be adapted to suit gardening and natural history organisations, photographic clubs and general audiences. If you are interested in making a booking please email ( your telephone number and we will get back to you to discuss your requirements and to make a firm booking.


A YEAR IN THE COUNTRY – new for 2018

This is a miscellany of natural history images taken recently over a two year period. Subjects covered include birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, wild flowers, fungi, abstract, trees, woodland and landscapes.


THE HEDGEHOG PREDICAMENT– new for November 2017

This presentation covers the natural history of the hedgehog, its decline and the reasons for it and what we can do as individuals to help hedgehogs. This is also available as a two part presentation with additional wild mammal stories.



Colin has long been passionate about macro photography and this presentation brings together his various close-up skills in the field of nature photography. The presentation covers a wide range of nature subjects, most of which can actually be found in our own gardens including: frost, raindrops, leaf details, reflections, icicles, abstract patterns, dew, wild flowers, bursting buds, dragonflies, butterflies, tree blossoms, mosses, nuts, fungi, cobwebs, autumn colour, hornets and catkins.

For those who wish to have a double two part evening, there is a follow up on the techniques used.





This presentation is based on Colin and Susy’s wild garden. It shows the variety and breadth of wildlife that can be attracted to a garden that is planned specifically with that in mind. It covers all aspects of garden wildlife including birds, mammals and insects. It also demonstrates the ability to have a formal garden that is attractive to wildlife as well as the less formal areas.



“The Natural Beauty of Dorset” - a whistle-stop tour of Dorset

Throughout 2012 and 2013, Colin shot a series of images for the book ‘The Natural Beauty of Dorset’ which was published in 2014. This presentation includes a selection of some of these images, as well as others, covering geology, landscape and natural history with accompanying informative narrative. You are sure to discover something new – we did!