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WSC STORIES
 

In the WSC Stories theatre, we want to inspire you with our savvy line-up of stories tellers and travel experts who will encourage you to think about what you want from your next Wildlife – Safari – Conservation travel experience.

From wildlife television presenters, photographers and conservationists, come and listen to their astonishing animal encounters in the field, bush and polar regions. These talks are not to be missed!

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Saturday 12 October 2019


11:00 – 11:40 Panel Session: Bringing Your Wildlife Dreams to Reality, The Travel Trade View

 

In search of some inspiration for your next wildlife safari travel adventure?

Then join this panel discussion by wildlife travel experts offering practical tips on choosing the right wildlife holiday for you.

• How much do I have to spend? (comfort level, expertise and exclusivity of experience vs price)
• When is the best time to go, and how far ahead do I need to book for [permit-controlled] experiences such as gorillas, Galapagos, Antarctica?
• What should I look for in a good tour operator/travel company (credentials, group size, experience of guides)?
• How knowledgeable do I need to be about wildlife? • How can I travel responsibly?

 

12:40 – 13:10 Wildlife Tales from Svalbard. Jim Mayer, Hurtigruten

 

Expedition Leader Jim Mayer from Hurtigruten has searched for the hidden people in Iceland, skied across Greenland with a man he met in a pub and written about Ernest Shackleton’s love of poetry.

This talk will focus on the amazing wildlife found in Svalbard, his favourite corner of the Arctic. Close to the north pole, yet warmed by ocean currents, these islands are home to walrus and polar bears.

Frequented by migratory birds and whales, they also have a fascinating human history. Jim shares his 20 years’ experience of when to visit, where to go and what to look out for.

 

13:20 – 13:50 Meet South Africa with Alison Towner, the Marine Expert. South Africa Tourism

 

Meet Alison Towner, Marine Expert and your captain when it comes to finding exciting sea life off South Africa’s coasts. Alison operates ocean safaris and shark cage dives for adventurers looking to take their thrill-seeking below sea level.

“South Africa is famous for its safaris, but its ocean life is just as rich, just as fascinating. On a cruise around the Dyer Island system in Gansbaai, you have the chance to see our Marine Big Five: the great white shark, African penguin, southern right whale, cape fur seal, and dolphin. I challenge anyone to find another place on Earth that can offer such diversity so close to shore… When you see a great white swim past, you have such a change in perception. They tend to be negatively portrayed in the movies so it’s a chance to challenge this misconception by seeing and appreciating just how magnificent and elegant they are.”

 

14:10 – 14:40  The Trials & Tribulations or a Natural History Presenter. Mike Dilger

 

An illuminating and entertaining look at what it takes to become a wildlife presenter and how to produce cheap and cheerful wildlife telly. Mike takes the audience on a 30 minute rollercoaster ride along his varied and colourful career – from his first bird book and early adventures as a young naturalist in the West Midlands, to his work as a Biologist in the tropical rainforests of Ecuador, Vietnam and Tanzania. Having spent long periods in the back-of-beyond, Mike was able to meet remote tribes, spot rare wildlife and rack up an impressive array of diseases along the way. Returning back to the UK, Mike then explains how he made the sideways move from wildlife conservation to wildlife television. Perhaps now best known as the ‘wild man’ off BBC1’s The One Show, Mike reveals what often goes on behind the scenes and spills the beans on everything you ever wanted to know about his weird and wonderful job, but were afraid to ask.

 

14:50 – 15:30 Panel Session: Wildlife Travel Photography Adventures

 

Are you ready to unleash the photographer in you? Then don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to get tips and insight from our panel of wildlife travel photography experts, featuring:

• Aperture, Shutter Speed, Composition, ISO… get past the jargon and get impartial advice from those in the know
• What equipment to take on your trip
• Wildlife and landscapes
• Lighting – adding dimension to your wildlife images

 

15:40 – 16:10 Presenting our Conservation Partner: Marine Conservation Society

The Marine Conservation Society is the UK’s leading marine charity. They work to ensure our seas are healthy, pollution free and protected.

Our seas are under immense pressure: too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done to protect our precious wildlife. Their vision is for seas full of life where nature flourishes and people thrive.

16:40 – 17:20 Marine Conservation Society – Charity Auction

Whatever your plans are for visiting the Wildlife & Safari Travel Show, please make sure you dont miss this great feature.

The Charity Auction will be packed with fantastic lots to bid on, sponsored by our event partners, speakers and exhibitors. All proceeds raised from the auction will be donated to Marine Conservation Society.

We’ll add details on the lots very shortly, so please make sure you keep checking!


Sunday 13 October 2019


11:50 to 12:30 Panel Session: Wildlife Adventure and Expedition Cruising

The ultimate wildlife travel adventure! Wildlife and expedition adventure cruises on small ships present intimate travel experiences to places not easily reached by other means and the where the emphasis is on small group excursions accompanied by expert guides and lecturers.

• Polar expeditions, the Galapagos Islands, Alaska and more!
• Choosing the right destination and the right ship
• When to book and what to expect

12:40– 13:10 Design for Wildlife – Join the Visual Petition! Holly Budge, How Many Elephants

British adventurer, conservationist and motivational speaker, Holly Budge, was quite literally on top of the world when she summited Mount Everest. Her passion for adventure is evident with two world records under her belt so far, including being the first woman to skydive Everest and race semi-wild horses 1000 kms across Mongolia in just nine days.

Holly is not limited to adventure, she is also an acclaimed artist and passionate conservationist. She is the founder of How Many Elephants, an award-winning campaign raising awareness of the plight of elephants in Africa and funds for anti-poaching projects. Recently, Holly immersed herself with the Black Mambas, an all-female front line anti-poaching team in South Africa and documented this on film. She has helped raise over £300k for a diverse range of charities through her adventures and campaign work so far.

13:20 – 14:00 Panel Session: Wildlife Travel Photography Adventures

 

Are you ready to unleash the photographer in you? Then don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to get tips and insight from our panel of wildlife travel photography experts, featuring:

• Aperture, Shutter Speed, Composition, ISO… get past the jargon and get impartial advice from those in the know
• What equipment to take on your trip
• Wildlife and landscapes
• Lighting – adding dimension to your wildlife images

 

 

14:50 – 15:30 Panel Session: Bringing Your Wildlife Dreams to Reality, The Travel Trade View

 

In search of some inspiration for your next wildlife safari travel adventure?

Then join this panel discussion by wildlife travel experts offering practical tips on choosing the right wildlife holiday for you.

• How much do I have to spend? (comfort level, expertise and exclusivity of experience vs price)
• When is the best time to go, and how far ahead do I need to book for [permit-controlled] experiences such as gorillas, Galapagos, Antarctica?
• What should I look for in a good tour operator/travel company (credentials, group size, experience of guides)?
• How knowledgeable do I need to be about wildlife? • How can I travel responsibly?

 

Please note the scheduled programme may be subject to change.