Wildlife has been an interest of mine since I was young. Sitting peacefully on the waters edge whilst fishing in those early days introduces you to the wonders of nature in all its forms. I soon got to learn about the nature around me, the kingfishers flying up and down the river, watching water voles swimming across the canal, stoats catching rabbits and the grebes diving for fish. The aquatic insect life is a wonder in itself and in later life the knowledge I gained from understanding these aquatic insects and their life cycles helped me understand what trout were feeding on and which fly to present to them. There was always something new to see, something new to learn and something that you would remember for the rest of your life. That is how nature got to me and still does today. I still cannot wait to get out there and get amongst and be part of it.
Photography interests did not happen until very much later in my life, serious photography interests anyway. In the earlier nineties I went to college learned what there was to learn about photography, gained an HNC and managed to get a freelance photography job working for Anglers Mail at week-ends. Traveling up and down the country I covered and wrote articles supplied with pictures on fishing competitions, articles on different fisheries and features on individual successful anglers. It was a job that combined both my interests of fishing and photography. What could be better.
When I retired in 2008 I had a chance to fulfill my dream to photograph wildlife. Using my knowledge of wildlife since my child hood and using my new found skills with the camera gave me an edge to get closer to nature and get better pictures. I also found I now had more time because without doubt if you want to photograph something that is elusive or erratic in behavior there can be a lot of planning and many hours waiting for your subject to arrive.
I am passionate about conservation and the management of change to ensure that places, species, and their habitats are protected and understood by present and future generations.
I am an active member of the North Staffs Branch of the RSPB near where I live and also a member of the South and West Wales branch of the Wildlife Trust. Membership of the Welsh branch allows me to be a volunteer on Skomer and Skokholm Islands. On average spending 3 weeks per year on Skomer and 1 week on Skokholm. I have been fortunate to have been involved in cetacean studies, spider surveys, bird surveys including sea bird counts and monitoring of bird species, and finally studies involving the Skomer vole which is unique to the island. The photographic opportunities are wonderful during these weeks and I would recommend anyone to at least have a day trip to the islands sometime in their lifetime.