About Me


My interest in natural history is mainly in the world of birds but like many people who have an appreciation of the natural world, I have broadened my horizons to include other areas, particularly odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) and cetaceans(whales, dolphins and porpoises (very few appear in the county!)).

My local patch is the May Hill area and the Forest of Dean both areas being to the west of the county of Gloucestershire. Since moving to Herefordshire, my additional local patches are Penyard Hill and Chase Hill to the south of Ross-on-Wye.

I have a degree in Applied Chemistry and I am 65 years old (2016). I live in Herefordshire but my home city is Birmingham, England.

My 'Natural History C.V.' includes:-

Obtained a Certificate of Higher Education in Ornithology at Birmingham University - August 2002.

Author of a book entitled ‘Bewick’s Swans – A Guide to the Identification of Individual Swans’.  This is available on the internet as a download or as a PDF file download.  Go to my home page and scroll down to the ‘Latest News’ for information on how to obtain a copy.  It is free.  Published January 2014.

Author of a small book entitled 'Bewick's Swans - Some personal observations'. A non-scientific text of observations in the Severn Estuary - Published 1996 (out of print).  Published on the Amazon Kindle platform in November 2011.

Bewick's Swan data gathering for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) - 1989 to date.

Bewick’s Swan bill pattern photography for The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust research 2008 to date.

Collected a personal database of over 5000 Mute Swan plastic(darvic) ring sightings - 1989 to 2003.

Weekly garden bird survey - 1990 to 2003.

Odonata recording in Gloucestershire - 2001 to 2007.

Monthly wildfowl counts for the Wetland Bird Survey(WeBS) database - 2001 to 2006.

Volunteer field work for a published Lapwing and Redshank breeding project around the WWT reserve - March to June 2002.

European White-fronted Goose feeding ecology project for the above university course - 2001 to 2002.

Swan census in north-west Sutherland, Scotland - January 2000.

Low tide wildfowl counts in the Severn Estuary - winter 1999/2000.

Volunteer and paid administrative duties in the ringing office at WWT - 1999 to 2003.

Handa Island volunteer assistant warden (Scottish Wildlife Trust) - Spring 2000.

Feral Goose Counts - Gloucestershire, late spring/summer 2000.

Bewick's and Whooper Swan International Census - Gloucestershire/Herefordshire - 1995.

Various illustrated talks on Bewick's Swans and guided tours at WWT including Duckery Tours.

Cetacean Surveys on the Fishguard to Rosslare ferry, Portsmouth to Bilbao ferry and land based at Strumble Head, Pembrokeshire - 2007 to date.

Updated August 2014.


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