wildlife photographer - Leaf-nosed bat, by Paul Hobson (1)

Acclaimed wildlife photographer Paul Hobson will be delivering the Nantwich Camera Club annual ‘special’ lecture on March 24.

Entitled: ‘The Best of the Last, Warts and All’, Paul will review his photographic exploits during the last year.

The special event is open to the public and takes place at the camera club’s meeting room, Regents Park, 129 London Road, Nantwich, CW5 6LW. Entry costs £5 payable at the door.

Originally from Manchester, Paul gained a degree in Environmental Science at Sheffield University and worked as a wildlife and conservation lecturer there for twenty years, before becoming a full-time wildlife photographer.

His photography started 40 years ago using a Pentax camera and slide film, which launched a path of learning, leading to his current expertise using Canon EOS equipment.

A university project in the Peak District National Park, included a session in a bird hide and resulted in a consuming affair with natural history photography, which eventually embraced plants, insects, mammals and reptiles as well as birds.

He produces a monthly wildlife article for Derbyshire Life and was Amateur Photographer wildlife photography masterclass expert in 2010/11.

He is a contract holder for Natural England and has a responsibility on their behalf, for wildlife photography throughout the East Midlands and Peak District.

Though he has worked far and wide, best of all he finds the challenge of Britain’s dark dank conditions, the most rewarding.

He has won acclaim nationally and internationally and regularly gained recognition in British Wildlife Photographer of the Year events.

He has published three wildlife photography books and is now working on his fourth.

In addition, he regularly lectures, holds workshops and leads wildlife holidays.

Meanwhile, guests gathered at the museum recently to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the facility.

Nick Dyer, chair of the Museum Board of Trustees, welcomed guests and observed how far the organisation had come in 40 years.

Guests at the 40th Anniversary Reception Nantwich Museum 60320 (1)

Guests at the 40th Anniversary Reception Nantwich Museum

He paid tribute to Cheshire East Council and Nantwich Town Council for their support of the independent charitable trust.

Nantwich Mayor Cllr Moran recalled campaigns to secure a copy of the Fairfax letter dating from the Civil War and the Benjamin Killingbeck painting of “Mr Walsh’s Perdita” at Nantwich Racecourse.

He thanked the museum for helping to make Nantwich such a vibrant market town reassuring it of the continued support of the Town Council. He looked forward to the next 40 years.

There was an illustrated talk by museum volunteer and former Chairman, Andrew Lamberton, about “The Lost Houses of Nantwich”.

Museum manager Kate Dobson noted the need to respond to the requirements of the community.

She added: “We need you, our supporters, to continue the journey with us by being our advocates and friends and to make sure that we remain a valuable resource for the community.”

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