Stephen Powles

Location: Tiverton, Devon
About me...

Formerly a vet, I changed career to pursue my lifelong passion for wildlife, wildlife photography, filming and conservation. I and my material have made a number of TV appearances. I concentrate on challenging and interesting wildlife subjects many of which are in and close to my home.

About my Talks...

Talks are delivered using PowerPoint and are illustrated with my photographs (some award winning) and film footage. My specialist subjects are otters, tawny owls and hornets. I have all the necessary kit to deliver my talks. I am available daytime, evening and at short notice. The format can be adjusted to suit your requirements. Talks are of interest both to those with only a passing interest in the natural world and to those who are already well informed on the subjects covered.

As well as “live” talks, they can all be delivered remotely (hosting on Zoom if required).

Fee:

Generally £51-149. My fees vary depending on the subject matter and the size of the audience. There is, in addition, a mileage fee of 35p per mile each way (from Tiverton, mid Devon). Discounts available for children and school groups.

My Contact Details:
Phone:

01884 242965

“Otters - Coming to a River Near You”

Public Speaker in Devon Stephen Powles presents his talk Otters - Coming to a River Near You

A general otter talk covering (amongst other things) their design features, their behaviour, signs to look out for and their population crash plus subsequent recovery. At the end there is a short piece on Hammer Scar, a female otter that became habituated to me and with whom I made four TV appearances. Ideal as an introductory otter talk.

“Hammer Scar - Five Years Together”

Public Speaker in Devon Stephen Powles presents his talk Hammer Scar - Five Years Together

This presentation is all about a very special female otter who became habituated to me and whose life I was able to observe, photograph and film in remarkable detail over a five-year period (which included five litters of cubs). A good follow up to the above talk.

“In Pursuit of the Improbable”

Public Speaker in Devon, Stephen Powles presents his talk In Pursuit of the Improbable.

This is a medley of interesting, amusing and informative wildlife stories. I describe how I managed to photograph and film some challenging subjects and how an understanding of their natural history and behaviour enabled me to do so. Amongst others, pine martens, a “smart” mouse, hornets and tawny owls are featured.

“In Pursuit of the Improbable 2”

Public Speaker in Devon Stephen Powles presents his talk “In Pursuit of the Improbable 2”

This is another medley of interesting, amusing and informative wildlife stories. I describe how I managed to photograph and film some challenging subjects and how an understanding of their natural history and behaviour enabled me to do so. Amongst others, kingfishers, herons, otters, lizards and hedgehogs are featured.

“Hornets - Gentle Giants”

Public Speaker in Devon Stephen Powles presents his talk “Hornets - Gentle Giants”

All you need to know about these fascinating insects …….. and more! They and I made an appearance on The One Show.

“Tawny Owls - Coming to a Wood Near You”

Public Speaker in Devon Stephen Powles presents his talk Tawnt Owls... Coming to a Wood Near You.

Tawny owls are often heard but rarely seen. This presentation describes the lives of these fascinating birds, much of it gleamed from a wild “tawny” that I spent many hours observing and photographing over a fifteen-year period.

“Wildlife Photography – Tips and Experiences”

Public Speaker in Devon Stephen Powles presents his talk Wildlife Photography.... Tips and Experiences.

In this talk I look to inspire the audience to take up wildlife photography in its simplest form. I then go on to give tips as to how one might progress to more challenging subjects and achieve better results. No need for a neck draped in fancy kit! It’s incredible what you can do using relatively simple equipment and by going no further than your garden. There is no need to be passionate about taking wildlife photographs to enjoy this presentation.

“Hedgehogs - In Need of Your Help”

Public Speaker in Devon Stephen Powles presents his talk Hedgehogs - In Need of Your Help.

The first half of this talk is a presentation created by “Hedgehog Street” (a cooperation between Peoples Trust for Endagered Species and the Hedgehog Preservation Society). It covers all aspects of hedgehog ecology and what can be done to help hedgehogs. This lasts about 1 hour. The second half, should you want a second half, is about 20 minutes and is a compilation of my work with hedgehogs.

“The Cave Elephants of Mount Elgon”

Public Speaker in Devon Stephen Powles presents his talk The Cave Elephants of Mount Elgon.

Mt Elgon, an extinct volcano straddling the Kenya/Uganda border, is home to a unique population of elephants. With a montane vegetation made poor in minerals by the leaching effect of heavy rainfall. Elephants travel up to 150m into the mountain to “mine” the mineral rich volcanic rock. The talk will also explore the wider natural and cultural history of the the mountain and the fascinating story as to how the caves might have been formed.

“The Countryside Detective”

Quiz Master and Public Speaker in Devon Stephen Powles presents his Quiz The Country Detective.

Country walks can be greatly enhanced if one has a knowledge of the signs left by animals and where to look for them. This talk will illustrate numerous examples, some common and some more unusual and some that you are likely to pass by without ever having given them much thought. The use of field craft, camera traps and CCTV monitoring will also be covered. This talk, if preferred, can be delivered as a light-hearted quiz – (see below)

QUIZ MASTER

“The Countryside Detective” - A lighthearted entertainment

Quiz Master and Public Speaker in Devon Stephen Powles presents his Quiz The Country Detective.

Country walks can be greatly enhanced if one has a knowledge of the signs left by animals and where to look for them. This talk-cum-quiz will illustrate numerous examples, some common and some more unusual and some that you are likely to pass by without ever having given them much thought. The use of field craft, camera traps and CCTV monitoring will also play a part in this entertainment. This talk can, if preferred,  be delivered as a conventional presentation.

Stephen Powles Contact Details:
Phone:

01884 242965