Fishbourne Meadows, Chichester


Saturday 18th March 2023


10:00am to 12:00pm



Wetlands and Harbour Walk at Fishbourne Meadows

This is an all skill levels photography workshop and walk that explores the wetland areas at the historic Fishbourne Meadows of Chichester Harbour, with reed beds, river, harbour edge & more to discover.

Fishbourne Meadows are just south of the historic village of Fishbourne, and are wetlands that meet the northerly tip of the Fishbourne Channel of Chichester Harbour. The area is designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Importance with the entire western portion of the meadow designated as a ‘Scheduled Ancient Monument’ as part of the Fishbourne Roman Palace site. The Meadows lie within the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We will explore around the old mill pond and then out to the atmospheric reed beds. We’ll double back and make our way down the stream out to the main meadows, looking for wildlife and then views out over the harbour itself.

This workshop involves a leisurely 2 hour walk with fun & creative photo activities allowing you to find out much more about your camera and how to get the best out from it in the future. We’ll be looking at composition, perspectives, textures, leading lines, creating narrative and also how to take control of aperture and shutter speed.

Expect to see a historic village, lots of wildlife such as birds and insects, wide reed beds that stand 7 feet tall in places, footbridges, old streams, wetlands, the harbour channel and more.


Who will be there?

Group size is limited to 15 per workshop. All ages very welcome, if under 16 please be accompanied by an adult. Please arrive around 15 minutes early for a prompt start for the walkshop.


What do I need to bring?

All you have to do is bring along your camera to take part. It can be anything from a digital compact through to a DSLR and if you want to shoot 35mm film, cool! If you don’t have your own camera we have a selection of digital compacts you are free to borrow for the workshop (please let us know in advance). We can even offer 35mm SLRs for you to use if you like. Many people just bring along the camera they have in their pocket everyday, their smartphone and you’ll learn loads that’ll make a big difference to your mobile photography.


What is access like?

This walk is about 80+% wheelchair accessible, with most on even and solid paths but the last section may involve walking on the meadows.


What is a walkshop?

Through Strong Island Media, professional photographer Paul Gonella has delivered photography workshops over the last 10 years to over three thousand people of all ages and abilities across the south coast. Working with partners such as Chichester Harbour Conservancy, University of Portsmouth, Making Space, Hampshire Cultural Trust plus many schools, colleges and youth groups. We developed ‘Walkshops’, where rather than sitting down in a classroom you actively learn different photography skills and techniques out and about with your camera, with support from a professional photographer at every step.

We’ve delivered well over 100 walkshops from Worthing through to Bournemouth and as far north as Surrey and from the summer of 2015 we have run a very successful series of walkshops open to the public in and around Southsea & Portsmouth and along the coast.


Walkshops are 2 hours long and cost £15 per person either, paid either in advance online via PayPal or cash in person at the start of the workshop (please book online for both).

Please book through EventBrite online HERE or via the button below, a booking fee will be added.

Payment can be done online via PayPal or in cash on the day.


If you pay in cash on the day just pay the £15 and we’ll absorb the booking fee – it saves on the inconvenience of having all the loose change in person on the walk.

Where to Meet

By the old mill pond, which lies at the end of Mill Lane in Fishbourne (runs behind the Bulls Head pub).

There is parking a little further up in Mill Close.

Bus route 70 runs on the main A road about 2 minutes walk away from the starting point.


List of the course tutors

Paul Gonella