All that’s needed to connect with and conserve wildlife is ‘that spark’, an intrigue for the wilds, and who doesn’t have that?
I’m passionate about ‘rewilding for all’, discovering, designing and leading ways for every person to connect directly with nature, and to benefit from these interactions mentally, physically and spiritually.
I absolutely love creating fresh ways to share the enchantment of nature with others, enticing people away from their usual routines – which we’re all guilty of becoming a little trapped in – in place of an adventure in the wilds.
After all, who can resist a night of bat watching, pizza making and marshmallow toasting over a night of telly? Or an impulsive adventure to a private Scottish island with only otters and eagles as neighbours?
The enchantment of Nature is essential to ensuring its survival here in Britain.
Applying my experience as an ecologist and educator, and my own ever-growing intrigue for the wilds, I hope to inspire a diverse audience to join us in rewilding themselves, and directly conserving Britain’s native wildlife – wherever that may be.
All it takes to create a life-long love for nature, and a motivation to protect, it one moment. For me this was a moment shared with a kind birdwatcher when I was a teen, who’d invited me into my local members birdwatching hide, and allowed me to look through his scope, directly onto a Great Crested Grebe on its nest. How could something so beautiful, something so different, be so close to my home without me even knowing about it? What else was out there?
It’s this moment I hope to create within others, “How can my local area be this wild and beautiful, and how can I help look after it?”
The world of photography was a natural progression for me from this point, capturing in essence the beauty of the world around me. Through my freelance work as a wildlife filmmaker and photographer, I’ve had the privilege of working in incredible locations across the world, seeing species and landscapes that continue to inspire me now.
However the purpose of use of media in the wildlife conservation sector continues to shift, with new technology enabling access to wider audiences, with less disturbance to wildlife, and with the potential to create impactful content.
This is a great interest to me, and I believe is of increasing importance in the constantly declining state of our wildlife, and the fast paced changing interests of the public. To inspire and engage people through ethically captured photography and film of our British wildlife, to ultimately encourage them to journey just a little further into the wilds; whether urban or rural.
An aspiring wildlife photographer/ ecologist, I’m currently based in the urban jungle of Carlisle. It is in this hub for urban wildlife that I am studying BA (Hons) Wildlife Media at the University of Cumbria, where I am also the Chairman of The Wildlife Society.
My goal as Wild Intrigue’s Volunteer Creative Content Developer Intern is to get involved as much as I can within my year placement to learn more!
By attending Expeditions and Mini Expeds, I plan on improving not only my photography skills, but also my fieldcraft, animal knowledge, and surveying skills.