Fun with cameras for Box Moor Rangers

On Saturday 16th November, 23 members of our Box Moor Rangers group, aged between 8 and 15 spent an enjoyable morning of photography at Gadespring Cress Beds.  The session was run by our Education team in conjunction with some of the Box Moor Trust volunteers with particular expertise in photography, and they were on hand to help out with the technical aspects of taking pictures as well as making available £30,000 worth of photographic equipment for the youngsters to use on the day.  Some of the children were already keen photographers with their own cameras, so it was a great opportunity for them to put their skills into practice as well as for those new to photography to have a go.
Opportunities for great photos were all around, with Gadespring being a prime site for observing wildlife of all kinds: herons, little egrets, kingfishers, water voles, etc.  The weather made for some challenging lighting conditions, but all the children ended up with a great selection of images as well as learning a great deal about the art of photography from the knowledgeable volunteers. 

At the end of the session, the children got their favourite photo of the day printed to take home with them courtesy of volunteer Derrick, who operated the laptop and printer.  Special thanks go to Nick Nomikos of The Two Wheel Centre in Harpenden for generously sponsoring the ink cartridges.

The Trust is most grateful to volunteers Mike and Derrick Dunks, Steve Rogers, Sarah McKeeman, Kate Steele, Iain Nibbsy and Sheila Fox for organising and running the session and for sharing their skills and knowledge of photography with the children.

Box Moor Rangers is for children between the ages of 3 and 16 who are interested in nature and wildlife. The group meets on the third Saturday of every month with the aim of motivating and educating young people to enjoy wildlife and the countryside.

There are three age groups: Mini Rangers for 3-7 year olds (which currently has a waiting list), Junior Rangers for 8-11 year olds and Youth Conservation Rangers for ages 11 and over. For further information please visit

Photo credit: Sheila Fox