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image for Wildlife & Nature Event item typeStarling Photography Course by David Broadbent at RSPB Newport Wetlands

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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Workshop/Course, Sun 26 Nov 2017, £52-£65

Wildlife & Nature Event

Wildlife & Nature Event


Each winter at RSPB Newport Wetlands, one of the true spectacles of the natural world takes place when tens of thousands of starlings gather above the reeds. These flocks, known as a murmuration see these fantastic birds wheel and swoop in the air creating a magical wild theatre show before they choose a place in the reeds to roost for the evening. In the failing light of dusk and given the speed these birds fly at, especially if the resident peregrine falcon is on the hunt, it can be very tricky to photograph. Join professional photographer David Broadbent and learn how to photograph this wonderful spectacle. The course is suitable for all levels and all types of camera’s and devices. During the day you’ll enjoy lunch, hear from RSPB Newport Wetlands staff on the science and findings of the murmuration before enjoying some expert photography tuition. You will learn about camera set up, creative techniques, natural and modified lighting all in simple jargon free language that is easy to understand and doesn’t necessarily require expensive specialist equipment. This is a group course to enjoy with fellow murmuration fans but there will also be plenty of opportunity for one to one sessions with David.

If you haven’t been to RSPB Newport Wetlands before come and enjoy the wildlife sounds of winter on a reserve that has great views, great wildlife and great facilities. We'll start at 12 noon for lunch followed by a starling presentation from RSPB staff. Then out to our training area where there will be expert tuition in camera set up and technique before dusk. After that, it’s up to the starlings! Once they have gone to roost, we’ll return to the training room for a debrief and to share our images and a warming hot drink. Feel free to ask questions and specific advice along the way. Following our field session there will be an opportunity to pick your personal favourite for a helpful critique of the images from the day.

Booking essential.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 26 Nov 2017 12:00 to 17:00


Price: RSPB members £52.00, non-members £65.00.



01633 636363


West Nash Road,
NP18 2BZ



Plan route to RSPB Newport Wetlands using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: ST 342838  Lat: 51.54988 Long: -2.94961

From M4 Junction 24 take the A455 to Newport Retail Park, then follow the ‘Brown Duck’ signs to the Reserve car park.
The Visitor Centre is served by the number 63 bus from Newport city centre.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 10 miles from Newport station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid


  • YesSteps to the main entrance