In recent years I’ve taken some time off from volunteering to concentrate on entomology, macro-photography and more recently bird-ringing. It’s been good to be able to go off exploring and looking for new species without feeling guilty that I really ought to be getting on with some survey or other. Collecting data is important, but life is short.
Previously, depending on the time of year I’d either be standing in a chalkstream conducting a monthly Riverfly survey on behalf of ARK (Action for the River Kennet) and the Riverfly Partnership or walking a fixed transect in a Wiltshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve counting butterflies for Butterfly Conservation or bumblebees for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
When I get some free time to myself I like to disappear into the countryside and occasionally, if ever more rarely these days, wade into a river for bit of fly-fishing. I like the solitude, the peace and quiet. I’ve usually got a camera with me and if I spot something interesting or something I can’t identify, particularly plants or insects, I’ll take a few photos and endeavour to identify them afterwards. I love reference books of all sorts and have an almost insatiable curiosity. This blog is really my way of remembering what I’ve learnt.
I started my working life at an advertising agency before setting up my own design consultancy specialising in pre-school/educational toys and games which I ran until 2005. Not only did I have the pleasure of working with some very talented people, we got to work with some great clients like the Early Learning Centre, Living and Learning and Discovery Toys in the USA. I like to think we produced some good work and we even won the odd award or two.
I’m still earning a shilling or two as a freelance graphic designer/illustrator, albeit these days trying to focus on work that has some connection to nature and wildlife.
I live in a small village on the edge of Salisbury Plain in south Wiltshire, England.
Thanks for visiting.