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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.

in South GeorgiaSince then, I have travelled to Africa many times visiting National Parks and Reserves in South, South West and East Africa. 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, Svalbard (Spitzbergen), Baffin Island (Arctic Canada) The Galapagos Islands, South Georgia, Antarctica, Argentina & Chile (April 2016), Costa Rica (October 2016), Borneo (June 2017) and Baja California. 2017/8 plans include visits to Spain, Scotland (Aigas Field Centre) and Botswana.

I was very fortunate to have been able to attend the Wildlife Worldwide Festival of Wildlife on six occasions (so far!). At these events, 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 Exodus or Mark Carwardine (photographic charters). 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.

My primary interest is in mammals and mammal behaviour but I am also keen to learn about all aspects of wildlife and conservation. Whale watching is a particularly favourite pastime and I have very fortunate to have been able 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.