LOCAL man Tim Tapley recently held an introductory evening for Wiltshire Wild Walks, his new venture offering guided nature walks and photography workshops in the county.
Tim, from Edington, has left behind a career in the golfing industry to pursue his passion of nature photography. He started Wiltshire Wild Walks to give both guided walks for tourists, and to set up interest groups for local residents. A free introductory quiz was held at Edington Parish Hall on Monday, and there are plans to begin hosting regular events in the spring.
Tim said, “I’m very excited about Wiltshire Wild Walks. It’s been an idea for a long time and now it’s becoming more real I’m really looking forward to it!
“I’ve been a keen birdwatcher since a very young age. I took up photography about ten years ago, and have been volunteering for the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust for three or four years.
“We’re hoping to set up regular events for visitors to the area, as well as for local residents. They will be split into days or half-days which will be based in Wiltshire, but we should be able to cover Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire, and Gloucestershire too.
“We’re still in the stages of properly establishing the venture at the moment, but it’s going well so far. I recently did a radio interview on BBC Wiltshire with Graham Seaman, as part of a ‘It’s never too late’ feature for people starting up a new career path later in life, which apparently, at the age of 52, I fit into!”
The sessions will have a range of activities, including nature walks and wildlife identification, to learning how to photograph animals and get the most out of your pictures.
To find out more about Wiltshire Wild Walks go to www.wiltshirewildwalks. com, or call Tim on 07977 070451. You can also view Tim’s own nature photography at www.timtapleyphotography.com.