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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 including Ethiopia and Madagascar. 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, Antarctica, Argentina & Chile, Costa Rica and Borneo. A visit to Scotland in March 2020 - a wildlife holiday with Iolo Williams as guide - was a great success but the planned visit to my favourite African country (Botswana) in 2020 has had to be postponed until 2022 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. At the time of writing, I am not optimistic about other trips planned for 2020 but next year, I am hoping to return to India and The Pantanal in Brazil. Meanwhile, I have been taking lots of photographs on flora and fauna on "The Downs" here in Bristol during the lockdown (see news).

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 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.

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.