Pond creature

Photography - Pond Creatures Up Close

Location: Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve, Mill Way, Leatherhead, England, KT22 8QA
Learn to take incredible images of the tiny species living in a pond with photographer 'Pondman' Neil Philips.

Event details


10:00am - 3:00pm
A static map of Photography - Pond Creatures Up Close

About the event

All Trust events and activities taking place from 1st September onwards will be carried out in line with current government guidelines and Health & Safety practices at that time.  As this will change over the coming weeks and months, we ask that you check regularly on the website for updates as any of these events may be subject to change or cancellation.

Please help to protect our staff and other members by not attending any of these events if you or anyone in your household is feeling ill or have symptoms of Covid-19.

Want to photograph something different?  Or would you like to find macro wildlife subjects in the cooler months?  Why not try some pond creature photography?

Over the last 6 years Neil Philips has been working on ways to photograph the creatures that live in and on our ponds, such as; pond skaters, diving beetles, water boatman and dragonfly nymphs.  The workshop will start with a classroom session running through the techniques used when taking the photos and a brief discussion about the creatures found in the pond.  This will be followed by a short walk (less than 70 metres) to the ponds to catch some subjects, before heading back to the classroom.

We will spend the majority of the time in the classroom using the photographic aquariums to take images of the interesting species found in ponds.

This workshop is for beginners and intermediates (though it will be of interest to higher skilled photographers who want to take pictures of this specific subject matter). Some basic knowledge of how your camera works will be helpful to get the most from this workshop

Tutor Description - Neil Philips

Neil has been a wildlife photographer and environmental educator for 13 years, and while he does photograph the standard birds and mammals he has always favoured the less photographed species such as insects and amphibians.  His interest in freshwater life developed during pond dipping sessions, leading to the nickname ‘Pondman’ and his specialising in this area of wildlife photography .

He  has been highly commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards 4 times and awarded in a number of local, national and international competitions.  He has also published his work in national newspapers, books and magazines.

Check out some of his latest work on https://twitter.com/pondmanuk?lang=en

What to bring on the day

Please bring sturdy footwear suitable for muddy conditions (walking boots or Wellingtons) and warm, waterproof clothing as we will go outside whatever the weather! Please bring a packed lunch.

Camera equipment you will need:
A camera! DSLR, although some bridge cameras and advanced compacts may be suitable
A macro lens (or lens with close up/macro mode or close up lens attached)
Waterproof covers
Flash and diffuser with either a TTL cable or wireless control

The following may be of use:
A bean bag to rest your camera/lens on
A tripod (if you have one)
Extension tubes

Small photographic aquariums and pond dipping equipment will be provided for you to use on the day.

****Surrey Wildlife Trust – Adult Learning Courses****

Please help to protect our staff and others on this course by not attending if you or anyone in your household is feeling ill or have symptoms of Covid-19 (A temperature; a new, continuous cough and/or the loss of taste or smell).

How we are addressing issues associated with COVID-19 on every Adult Learning course.

  • We have fully revised our risk assessments to adhere to the Government issued COVID 19 guidelines.
  • We ask that upon arriving at the centre, the delegates remain in their cars  until just prior to the course start time.(arrangements will be made for those not driving).
  • We will welcome delegates in our outdoor classroom rather than inside the centre.
  • The delegate’s temperature will be checked on arrival and anyone showing any symptoms which could be COVID-19 related, will be asked to go home. They will be given the option of receiving a course credit, a place on another course, making a donation or a full refund.
  • All surfaces and any equipment will be fully sanitized prior to each course.
  • Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers will be required before entering the premises and throughout the day.
  • There will be a maximum of 10 delegates on this course.
  • We will maximise the amount of time spent outside whenever possible.
  • The doors and windows will remain open during this course to ensure regular airflow.
  • Classroom seating will be set up ensuring the 1 metre + distancing rules are met.
  • The tutor will retain a 2 metre + distance from the delegates.  In the cases where this is not possible, a face covering will be worn.
  • Following government advice, it is suggested that delegates wear face coverings indoors.
  • Delegates must bring their own packed lunch, water bottle/hot drink and cup. We are a nut-free centre, so please avoid food containing nuts.
  • We request that delegates notify us if they develop symptoms up to 14 days after attending this course so that staff and other course delegates can be notified.



members £55/non-members £67

Additional booking information

When the event is fully booked, please join the waitlist and we will be in touch if a space becomes available.

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Know before you go

What to bring

Please bring a packed lunch and wear sturdy walking boots and all weather clothing.

A camera! DSLR, although some bridge cameras and advanced compacts may be suitable
A macro lens (or lens with close up/macro mode or close up lens attached)
Waterproof covers
Flash and diffuser with either a TTL cable or wireless control

Parking information

free parking is available.


Picnic area
Disabled toilet

Contact us

Contact number: 01483 795440
Contact email: info@surreywt.org.uk