Gianpierro took us on a two-hour trip from Leicestershire to Italy and other parts of the Mediterranean. He reminded us that we don't have to pay to sit in hides where the wildlife appears on command. He demonstrated with his wonderful photos that with a little ingenuity and a lot of patience, the birds and plants in our gardens can make stunning photos. Other locations always seem more attractive and the macro/wide angle combination of alpine flowers with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains is a far cry from Norfolk!
I know many of us were surprised and encouraged to hear Gianpierro say that he uses a Panasonic Lumix. His techniques, dedication and determination should inspire us all to keep going out (at least as far as our gardens!) with our cameras.