I have always been very interested in the Natural World. My interest in wildlife was catalysed by reading the wonderful books by Gerald Durrell. I started travelling abroad to watch and photograph wildlife in 1984 when I spent ten weeks in East Africa and was able to visit most of the National parks in Kenya.
My primary interest is in mammals and mammal behaviour but I'm also interested in Birds, Butterflies and Dragonflies. I am always keen to learn about all aspects of wildlife and conservation. Whale watching is a particularly favourite pastime and I have been very fortunate to see cetaceans all over the world with some very exciting encounters. Having been so fortunate in being able to travel widely, I am very keen to share my experiences with others and help people to become more aware of conservation issues.
Since then, I have travelled extensively in Africa visiting National Parks and Reserves in South, South West and East Africa including Ethiopia and Madagascar.
Most recently (December 2023), I was in Zambia - the wildlife of this country is seriously overlooked by serious safari goers - it has everything!
There have also been visits in search of wildlife to Canada, Scotland, Brazil, New Zealand, The Falkland Islands, The Azores, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Iceland, Poland, Norway, Spain, Svalbard (Spitzbergen), Baffin Island (Arctic Canada) The Galapagos Islands, South Georgia (where the picture above was taken, - by Jonathan Scott), Antarctica, Argentina & Chile, Costa Rica and Borneo.
I had planned several visits to Scotland for 2022 and 2023. The trip to Shetland (with Mike Dilger) in 2022 was a great success as was my week on the Isle of Mull in June 2023 (with Nick Baker). I have written reports on both trips which have been published in the BNS (Bristol Naturalists Society) News magazines.
Also in November 2023, I joined the Wildlife Worldwide Festival of wildlife which took place in two of the National Parks in Zambia - you can see some photos of this terrific trip in my BLOG. Looking ahead to 2024, I am hoping to visit Alderney (in the Channel islands), Aigas (yet again) and Islands in the North Atlantic.
I was very fortunate to have been able to attend the Wildlife Worldwide Festival of Wildlife on eight occasions (so far!) and I have booked to attend another in 2024. At these events, I have joined master classes from wildlife photographers Jonathan Scott, Mark Carwardine, Nick Garbutt, and Suzie Eszterhas. The Festivals have also included lectures on animal behaviour and wildlife conservation.
I have also attended a week long photography course on the Isle of Mull with Chris Mattison and Nick Garbutt
My trips to Antarctica and the Arctic have been with Naturetrek, Exodus (photographic charters) or Mark Carwardine. During these trips, there were opportunities to learn much about photography from Mark himself, landscape photographer Joe Cornish as well as two of best wildlife photographers in the business - Chris Packham and Paul Goldstein.
Recent exhibitions of my wildlife photographs have included the Crypt Gallery of St George's in Bristol and Christchurch, Clifton and The Mall Deli in Clifton Village.