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Costa Rica – My favourite Travel destination

Posted on July 24, 2013

Costa Rica was once upon a time the wildlife tourists perfect destination; but now? Well, I was at an airport ‘earwigging’ on a conversation between two wildlife nuts and one of the criticisms that came up was that “it’s over run with American bus tours”…

Battle Cat

Posted on February 19, 2013

I’ve tried everything. It started with me just shouting and issuing forth a violent hissing noise. Then it started to get me twitchy family meals were often interrupted with me running for the door and chasing the offending feline up the garden path having caught a glimpse of the ginger bird murderer stalking its next [...]

All the fun of the ‘Birdfair’…

Posted on August 4, 2012

It’s that time of the year again, just like Christmas this little corner of the calendar is sacred, the bird fair is my annual catch up with the people that circulate in the world of wildlife and wildlife conservation. It’s a time to catch up with old friends and make new ones as well as [...]

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Beautiful Freaks – behind the scenes of the biggest little freak show

Posted on January 9, 2012

To take a very expensive state of the art proto-type camera rig to the dustiest, windiest and hottest (and pretty cold) least camera friendly environments on earth – well you wouldn’t do it would you? Well to be honest when I was asked by the producer/director of ‘Beautiful Freaks’ to suggest a good place to [...]

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Chistmas Stocking fillers for the naturalist

Posted on December 14, 2011

It doesn’t have to be a gold plated Robinson Moth Trap, a laminated carbon fibre monocoque butterfly net or indeed a diamond encrusted bat detector for Christmas this year. I’ve been thinking of a few last minute stocking fillers, you know the sorts of small thoughtful gifts that a naturalist would find handy or even [...]

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The Well read Naturalist – My top 5 Wildlife books for Christmas

Posted on November 25, 2011

After beasts in all their glorious forms, books follow a close second in things I tend to get passionate about. Throw the two together and I start to quiver with excitement – I can’t help myself! It doesn’t matter how much I try and be professional and grown up about things, on my occasional visits [...]

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Confessions of an Ouzel Hunter – part one….. ( first published in Birdwatching Magazine)

Posted on November 22, 2011

Leaving the RSPB’s South West office after my first ever job interview, I felt I had put forward my case reasonably well enough but did the total lack of anything associated with birds on my CV count heavily against me? Well I took a bike ride up to the top of my nearest Tor as [...]

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