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Big Cat Diary

Behaviour and conservation issues surrounding African lions, cheetahs, leopards & wild dogs; also tigers in India and jaguars in Brazil. Some cats which have appeared on BBC Big Cat Diary will feature.

Cheetah family in the Masai Mara Lion cub in the Mara Female Leopard Masai Mara December 2012

North of The Border

The wildlife of Scotland - Red Squirrels, Badgers, Pine Martens, Puffins, Gannets, Dolphins and much else besides! The talk will include recent stories and pictures from Shetland.

Moray Firth Dolphins Pine Marten, Aigas, Scotland Scottish Badger

The Bear Facts

This talk begins by surveying some of the ways in which bears (mainly fictional!)interact with us in our daily lives. Then, more seriously, the talk concerns itself with some of the conservation issues surrounding various species of bears plus anecdotes about my own encounters with Grizzly, Black & Spirit Bears in British Columbia; also Polar Bears in Canada and Svalbard.

Mother & youngster Grizzly Bears playing Mother bear and climbing cub.jpg  Black Bear British Columbia.JPG

Poles Apart

A survey of wildlife and conservation issues in Polar regions. In the North : Svalbard & Arctic Canada, contrasting with Southern Polar regions : The Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica (penguins, seals etc).

Reflecting youngster.jpg Young Eli Seal.jpg Spitzbergen.JPG

Arctic Journeys

Descriptions of trips to Svalbard (2007 & 2010), Northern Norway, Baffin island (Arctic Canada 2014) and Iceland (2013). Polar Bears and whales will feature strongly in this talk as will the wonderful scenery.

Cutting the ice.jpg Polar Bear family Svalbard.JPG Svalbard Walrus Haul out.jpg

Penguins

This talk starts with considering our love of penguins with some amusing illustrations. Then follows the serious bit (!) - a survey of the 17 species of penguins with details of behaviour and where they are to be found. I have seen about 11 of the species in the wild so most of the illustrations are mine.

Headless Penguins at Fortuna Bay Kings at St Andrews Bay.jpg Adele Penguins.jpg

Where to watch wildlife worldwide

Wildlife in the following places would be featured: Africa (including Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda, East and South Africa ), India, Sri Lanka, the Galapagos Islands, Baja California, Canada, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Brazil, Antarctica, Svalbard, New Zealand, Iceland and Scotland, including Shetland and the Hebrides. Companies used include Wildlife Worldwide, Exodus, Naturetrek, ACE, The Travelling Naturalist, Travelbag and Safari Consultants. This would a good talk for a travel club.

Adele Penguins jumping .jpg Pantanal Jaguar on the Cubiaba River, Brazil Galapagos Iguana.jpg

Encounters with Wildlife

A fairly light-hearted account of my encounters with animals such as cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, polar bears, grizzly bears, penguins and even whales! Some conservation issues would be mentioned. This is currently my most popular lecture.

Nanuk PB Mum and Cub .jpg Kings at St Andrews Bay.jpg Young Tiger in Bandavghar NP.JPG

Wildlife Wonders

Ideal for Church groups, this talk illustrates some of the wonders of God's Creation and highlights our need to look after it.

Bristol Zoo Tapirs swimming Observing a Male Sperm whale.JPG  Twin Flower in Balblair Wood, Scotland