"The Secret World of the Undergrowth" Evening Talk


Discover the weird and wonderful world of the undergrowth with ecologist, wildlife artist and author John Walters, for a special evening talk with us at Quince Honey Farm. John will take you on a journey to explore some marvellous creatures and their rather astonishing behaviours, including the mating dance of the Hairy-footed Flower Bee, the migrations of moths, the industrious Heath Potter Wasp, the world’s largest slug, and the bizarre life of the Green-banded Broodsac flatworm. John Walters is a passionate observer of wildlife who explores the natural world through art, photography and video, which is how he will introduce you to these secret worlds and the creatures within. He has worked as a consultant entomologist and naturalist on many television and radio programmes, including the BBC’s ‘Wild Isles’ and ‘Life in the Undergrowth’ with David Attenborough, and ‘My Garden of a Thousand Bees’ with wildlife filmmaker Martin Dohrn.


Date: Wednesday 13th March 2024

Time: 7pm – 8:30pm – doors open at 6:30pm 

Price: £5 – booking in advance recommended

Click HERE to book online (booking fee applies), or book by phone (01769 572 401), or in person in our shop.


More about John Walters …

John was born in Hampshire and grew up on nearby Hayling Island. Here, surrounded by the internationally important bird reserves, sand dunes and salt marshes, John developed a deep interest in the natural world. John moved to the south-west in 1987 studying Graphic Information Design at Falmouth School of Art and after graduating worked for several years as a graphic designer for the Dartmoor National Park Authority.  Since 1999 John has worked as a freelance ecologist, artist and public speaker based in Buckfastleigh on the edge of Dartmoor. He draws and paints wildlife directly from life in the field attempting to capture the life and vitality of his subjects. John is a keen photographer and specialises in taking photographs of insects. His ecological studies have included in-depth studies of the blue ground beetle, heath potter wasp roosting long-tailed tits and the horrid ground weaver spider. A collection of his wildlife videos can be viewed on his YouTube channel. John has written and illustrated several books and guides including The Wildlife of Dartmoor and most recently Dancing with Bees by Brigit Strawbridge. He has contributed to many television and radio programmes including David Attenborough’s Life in the Undergrowth, Radio 4s Living World, The One Show and Hugh’s Wild West.

For more information, please visit John’s website here:  www.johnwalters.co.uk  and take a look this blog from nature photographer Thomas Collier about his encounter with John and Exmouth’s rarest birds.


Key information:

  • Customers can pay on the door but we do encourage booking in advance which helps us to know customer numbers and plan accordingly.
  • Suitable for adults and children age 12 years + and beginners to the subject area.
  • Doors open at 6:30pm, please arrive in good time to be seated for 7pm ready for the talk to start.
  • The Nectar Gardens and the Nectary Restaurant will be open between 6:30pm – 7pm, for customers to explore the gardens at their leisure and to purchase drinks and refreshments before the talk starts.
  • The Gift Shop will be open for customers to browse from 6:30pm – 7pm and at the end of the talk.
Photo credit: John Walters
Photo credit: John Walters
Photo credit: John Walters
Photo credit: John Walters
Photo credit: © Thomas Collier www.tomcdevon.uk
Photo credit: © Thomas Collier www.tomcdevon.uk