Scotland - Land of mountains and wilderness 


Dr Graham Lenton has a PhD in Ecology (Barn owls in Malaysia) and has lived and worked in Malawi, Sudan and Malaysia.  He has been an avid traveller and wild-life photographer throughout his career and he has published many articles and photographs on natural history, in particular birds.  His photographs have been accepted for membership of the Royal Photographic Society and is a registered RSPB speaker.  Several of his photos have been shortlisted for the Wildlife and Bird Photographer of the year.  His working life has been in ecology and science education and he was a former lecturer at Oxford University and latterly Oxford Brookes University.  He has also worked in India, Pakistan, China, Philippines, Dominican Republic and USA and for the United Nations (FAO) in Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia as a researcher into the pest bird Quelea quelea. He has travelled and photographed in over 80 countries of the world. 

Many of you may remember his Zoom talk on the Spirit of Shackleton and wildlife of South Georgia so we have invited Graham to come in person and give us a talk on Scotland which we hope you will enjoy especially the photographic element of his talks. 


​Scotland is a veritable feast for the wildlife enthusiast – birds, mammals, flora and wonderful forests and coasts.  This talk focuses on the wildlife that cannot be seen in other parts of the United Kingdom – black and red grouse, osprey fishing, golden eagles, peregrines, arctic and great skuas, red and black throated divers, crossbills, crested tits, Slavonian grebes, seabirds, red deer, red squirrels, mountain hares and many more.  The Cairgorms, Findhorn Valley, Spey Valley, Ardnamurchan, Mull, Handa Island, the Moray coast and many lochs are all visited to entice those, who have never been, to explore this haven of avian and mammalian life.

This new paper, published on World Curlew Day on 21 April 2022, describes the current and historical status of the Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata in an area of 1200 square kilometres centred on Banbury.   Click here to link to the paper Read more ...

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