Since retiring as a chemistry teacher in 2006, I have been able to focus on giving talks in the local Bristol area on the subjects of wildlife, conservation and travel.
Amongst organisations I have spoken to recently are:
Bristol Naturalists' Society, Downend Folk House Association, Bristol Travellers Club, Avon Wildlife Trust (several branches), North Bristol Photographic Club, Royal Africa Society (Bristol branch), Bristol U3A (Central), various WIs... together with various church groups.
When appropriate, I have also been able to focus on a Christian view of conservation. My Christian faith is a very important part of my life and I am actively involved in my local church (Christ Church Clifton) where I assist with the voluntary work amongst the elderly and also lead a Home Group.
For talks, I have my own computer projector and stand, laptop etc. I ask my hosts to provide a screen or a white wall. For charitable organisations, I usually just charge travelling expenses and a donation to the Canaan Fellowship Childrens' Home in Sri Lanka. At the end of my talks, with permission from the hosts, I advertise the work of The David Shepherd Wildlife Trust and also sell greetings cards (featuring my own photographs) to raise money for Canaan Fellowship Childrens' Home in Sri Lanka.
Charles Kinsey is an outstandingly good photographer and raconteur. He is well travelled too - the perfect combination for a really good speaker
Bristol Naturalists Society
I just wanted to say how much your talk was appreciated yesterday and to say thank you for giving us such a lovely evening. There were so many comments of appreciation generally but your footage of the interaction with the Grey Whales was particularly popular.
Avon Wildlife Trust
We were impressed with your talk; it was professionally put together and we loved the video clips. The photos were quite stunning.