Scottish Wildlife with Mick Durham, November 8th, 2023

Mick Durham is uniquely qualified to deliver an evening on “A Guide to Scottish Wildlife” as not only a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, but the current chair of its natural history distinctions panel. He also works providing professionally guided trips to observe & photograph Scottish wildlife with “Shetland Nature” and has a background in teaching & outdoor activities. It’s an impressive combination & we weren’t disappointed.

We are used to visitors envious of where we live, but Mick showed a collection of what can be found in nature not very far away if you know where to look. He did have gremlins to defeat in travelling down from Dumfries through “Cumbrian” weather and unusual traffic chaos, before seeing off his computer’s challenges.

Rather than a technical lecture, the presentation was primarily an engaging travelogue of trips he has led within the last couple of years to Mull and to Shetland in which he shared with wit & eloquence many of the highs & some of the lows, giving a wealth of information about the how, what & where of Scottish wildlife. His enthusiasm, love & respect for his subjects, & especially his passion for otters, shone through the many images, including of common birds seen in uncommonly beautiful surroundings and less often seen creatures such as Orca hunting seals, as well as flora & landscapes.

He finished with the best – a gallery of his own images, which were a showcase of what can be achieved with a camera around our native coastline from Croggan beach in Southern Mull, through Iona, Fingal’s Cave, & the Treshnish right up to the Nation’s northernmost landfall, at Muckle Flugga off Hermaness on the Shetland island of Unst, via Sumburgh Head, Noss & Yell. A masterful portfolio.