I was born in South Africa, but have spent most of my life in the UK. I went to University in Norwich and spent a couple of years after getting to know the Broads, north Norfolk coast and stretching into Suffolk and Breckland. I then moved to Bristol, then down to Taunton in Somerset, up to Bath, to Yate and then to Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds, and am at present in Hertfordshire.
I have always been interested in nature probably started birdwatching when I was just seven. This I have done all over the world including: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, UK, Ireland, France, Canada, USA, Mexico, Hong Kong (where I lived for a number of years), Malaysia, Thailand, Tenerife, Australia and New Zealand. From birds I eventually progressed to other vertebrates in the form of mammals, amphibians and reptiles. Then around the time of university I got into plants and as this is such a huge area I have been fascinated with this ever since.
I have spent most of my working life with ecological consultancies. I have many years experience of protected species's surveys including great crested newts, water voles, bats, otters, badgers and reptiles. I have also been involved in many types of bird surveys including wintering birds, farmland birds, estuarine surveys, point surveys and breeding bird surveys. I am a very knowledgeable botanist from Phase 1 surveys to the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) surveys. I have been involved in writing ecology chapters for Environmental Statements and reports for scoping studies for Environmental Impact Assessments.
The first digital camera I bought was a Nikon E4500 which was a good starter but I wanted to go to a digital SLR, I then had a Nikon D80. The camera I now use is the Nikon D7000 and pictures are taken with 105mm macro, 600mm, 300mm and an 18-135mm. Most of the bird pictures are also taken with a 1.4 tele-converter on the 600mm lens. I now spend my time doing botanical and animal surveys, my spare time is spent taking photographs of all aspects of nature.
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