About

Lifelong naturalist, enthusiastic conservationist, photographer and writer.

I have always loved the countryside, wildlife and wild places. I was writing the Nature Notes for a local newspaper at 10 and went on to write and illustrate articles for national and local magazines. In those early days, every Sunday, I walked the Kent coastal marshes at Reculver with Chris Hindle a teacher from a local school. He set the seeds for a life long enthusiasm for birds and all other wildlife. I owe much to this excellent naturalist.

I moved to back to Wales when I was 12 and as a lad spent much time on the coast, estuaries and islands of West Wales. My first camera at 15 was a Zenith B. I loved working in black and white and of course Kodachrome 25 for the best wildlife slide shots. I learnt how to use the darkroom at University and later further developed my skills with the help of  a work colleague at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. I have had many cameras and at some stage photographers seem to choose to go down the Nikon or Canon Road and I went Canon – no particular reason.

Expertizes

Photographer

Wildlife and landscape photographer, coming from the old school of analogue photography, film, developing tanks, and long hours in the darkroom

Naturalist

Keen interest in wildlife from a very early age. First column in a newspaper at 10 and my own little naturalist group at the same age. Much of my enthusiasm is owed to my mother who encouraged my interest. I owe much much to Chris Hindle who responded to an advert in the Herne Bay Press and took me bird watching on the Kent marshes. I also owe my enthusiasm for wild flowers to Tommy Warren Davies (West Wales Naturalist Trust)and my botany teacher Mr James.

Journalist

Love writing and in the pst have contributed articles a variety of national and local magazines.

Conservationist

I worked as a voluntary warden on Skomer Island. I also took on various roles for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. In my early thirties I formed my own conservation group in Staffordshire called Penkridge Naturalists and now a founder member of the Edgmond Wildlife Group.

Experiences

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2005 – 2008

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2012 – 2015

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2008 – 2012

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2015 – Present

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