More About Me

Me at Lake Louise, Alberta Canada
I've been a keen Birder since I was about seven years old and have some really happy memories of my 'Young Ornithologist Club' outings with the school, hosted by a very eccentric physics teacher called Mr Scales. If I'm really being honest I should also mention that during my youth I'm sad to say that egg collecting was also a passion of mine, until at around 12 years old I realised the error of my ways! Education is a great thing.

I've been lucky enough to visit and work in various countries so far in my lifetime, Kenya, Tanzania, Oman, Arab Emirates, Cuba, Canada and Venezuela to name but a few, and indeed still plan to visit more, but my work always seemed to take priority. So during 2004 I made the life changing decision to give up my job, sell my house, and go travelling with my then girlfriend Dee! I also purchased a traditional English Narrowboat, which is now our base and UK home.

NBQuidditch Our UK Home!
Having first spent 4 years touring the canal system aboard our boat, affectionately called 'Quidditch' and spending time abroad we're now moored on the Oxford Canal near Napton in Warwickshire on a more permanent basis. I also decided to join Brandon Marsh Voluntary Conservation Team in 2008. Up until that point, I'd forgotten about how really passionate I was about nature and wildlife and in particular bird watching. Having had a job that was 24/7 and my life literally spinning around its axis I'd simply never found the time to enjoy.

My voluntary work at Brandon revitalised my passion for nature and the outdoors, the people that I've met on the team during my time there is an inspiration and also a very knowledgeable and determined group of individuals. I joined with an open mind and an idea of learning at least three new things every visit. I've now lost count and find myself spending endless hours at the reserve occasionally working and birding.

Having been together since 2001 I married my lovely Scottish wife Dee in Banff, Canada in 2009 and we instantly fell in love with the country. Since that time I've been lucky enough to live in Vancouver for a short time and got to know the people and a little of their culture. I've also got to know many of the great birding areas and Dee and I now visit the country at least once every few years and enjoy every moment we spend there, it's now our second home.

A big thank you to my wife and soul mate Dee for her patience and unlimited support during my many birding trips and exploits.