My earliest memories of watching wildlife date back to my young childhood, when my father would take me into the hills of Gloucestershire to look for reptiles, paddling in the local brook looking for fossils and wading through tall-grassed meadows in Wiltshire looking for butterflies. Sadly, my interest diminished over the following years, as more easily accessible distractions presented themselves as I grew older. Only in retrospect do I wish I could have maintained that interest in natural history at the same time.
It was perhaps another 25 years before I re-discovered my interest in the natural world and started making a concerted effort to make up for lost time. I moved from a suburban house to a cottage in a forest, and the change of environment only served to widen my interest further. The interest in photography was a by-product of my passion for wildlife. I try to make the effort to see and photograph as many species as I can, avoiding the temptation to concentrate only on the more iconic or appealing families of wildlife (although I am a little bit obsessed with the caprimulgiformes and felidae families!). As a strict self-imposed rule, I only ever photograph wild subjects.
In finding many of my subjects, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting some amazing locations and having some unforgettable experiences. Whilst I always try to make the most of a situation photographically, some of my favorite pictures of all are also my worst, simply because of the experience they represent to me or the sheer difficulty involved in finding that species in the first place. Over the years, wildlife has led to me meeting some inspirational people and most importantly making some great friends. It has also brought me some excellent opportunities, such as making a short film for the BBC, then working for the BBC Natural History Unit on three series of Springwatch, Countryfile and assisting with other productions, contributing to a number of books and research projects and contributing both practical and technical effort towards various conservation based projects, none more so than the countless hours spent in the field studying Nightjars every year.
I currently serve on the Executive Committee of the Gloucestershire Naturalists’ Society – the natural history recording organisation for the county, formed in 1948. The Society also helps finance projects concerned with biological recording, education, public awareness and environmental or nature conservation within the county. I am also part of the core team behind the Gloucestershire Raptor Monitoring Group, responsible for the safekeeping and analysis of the county’s raptor records.
Like most naturalists, I like keeping lists! In more recent times I’ve started to enjoy drawing some of the wildlife I see.
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