I began my natural history career on the film unit of the Royal Society for the Protection of birds. After National Service in the RAF and a stint in marketing, the strong pull of conservation brought me back to life as a full-time writer, artist, photographer, lecturer and broadcaster—specialising in the countryside, conservation and environment consultancy.
I’ve written several books:
The country Book of the Year – Published 1980
Britain’s wild larder (Illustrated) – Published 1980
Health from the Hedgerow—A Naturalist’s Guide to Medicinal Plants – Published 1985
The Green Guide to Amphibians, Mammals and Reptiles – Published May 1992
Nature Reserves of Great Britain – Published May 1992
Reader’s Digest—The Nature Detective – Published Spring 2000
Nature of France’ Brittany – Published 2002
Kindle version of Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians – Published 2014
I’ve also written many articles and special features for magazines and newspapers, including Country Gentleman’s Association ‘County’ magazine and Birdwatching.
Over the years I have enjoyed making quite a few radio and television programmes and have broadcast with Chiltern Radio, BBC Radio Bedfordshire (now 3CR), Radio 4, London News and LBC. I much prefer radio because the pictures are so much better, but television is a satisfying medium. Back in the 1990’s I made a series of 30 short programmes for Anglia Television, did quite a bit of research for BBC for their children’s television programmes, and worked for Sky on the Earth File series. It’s also been my pleasure to work on a video for people with hearing impairment and also BBC 2’s ‘See Hear’ programme.
Along the way I’ve been involved with giving environmental advice to local and national government in the UK, France and Sierra Leone – as well as the Pacific Asia Travel Association.
I like to keep busy and am a trustee of the Cat Survival Trust and the Boxmoor Trust, both in Hertfordshire and the Herts Beds & Bucks Hearing Advisory Group. Joint President of the International Otter Survival Fund.
In 1997 I designed and organised ‘Sounds Natural’ – an electronic supplemental system funded by BT for hearing impaired visitors to wildlife sites, including a world first solar powered system at Cley next the Sea for Norfolk Wildlife Trust (National Lottery)