I am rather reluctant to talk about about my achievements, as I do not like self-promoters, but when I visit a website I always want to find out more about those involved, so have taken the plunge. For me it is the wildlife I film that are the stars. My interest in using CCTV for wildlife monitoring is that I believe it is a neglected form of technology that has a huge number of applications, whether for researcher, conservationist or just for the joy of watching wildlife.However, many find the technology daunting, and I am working with others to make it more accessible.
- At present I am developing a wildlife CCTV online training course, for anyone from beginner to professional ecologist. See the Course section in the menu.
- I carry out research with Natural England and the Woodland Trust on the subject of using CCTV cameras for wildlife monitoring. In particular I have developed a mobile CCTV system.
- Until mrecently, I was a contract photographer for a large mining company and have undertaken several commissions to photograph wildlife on their sites and to create a biodiversity photographic library. Such libraries can be used to create a positive public perception of a company, or can simply be used for a record of beauty. Photographs have a much greater impact than words alone when one wishes to promote a positive environmental image. Several years ago I undertook a commission to photograph mining sites. A panel of photographs from this allowed me to obtain a Distinction from the Royal Photographic Society at Associate level (ARPS)Many people believe quarries to be ugly places, but there are often large undisturbed areas where wildlife flourishes. There are today many examples of former quarries that are now wildlife havens.
- At recent commission was to photograph the entire process of building a road over a period of 18 months - not much to do with wildlife, but nevertheless a fascinating subject.
- Resident photographer for Devon Wildlife Hospital and Devon Wildlife Centre for several years until they closed
- Photographer for the Barn Owl Trust
EXHIBITIONS, AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS
The Social Calls of Bats
April 2018. Conference speaker on the topic: CCTV unlocks barbastelle call mystery
Advisor for Hugh's Wild West (2018)
on using CCTV to film a buzzard chick in the nest. Several of my CCTV projects were also filmed but did not make the final cut
Scientific paper CCTV enables the discovery of new barbastelle (Barbastella barbastellus) vocalisations and activity patterns near a roost
to be published this year in Acta Chiropterologica, a scientific bat journal
2016 Mammal Society Easter Conference
I conducted a workshop on using CCTV for bat monitoring.
CCTV for Wildlife Monitoring
This book was published in 2016 as an introduction to using CCTV for wildlife.
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Wildlife Photography Fieldcraft
This e-book was published in 2013 and still is regularly in the top 10 on amazon for books in its class. It has been the number one best seller on several occasions. I wrote this because I was fed up with wildlife books that showcased the writers achievments but, despite the book titles, never gave away any secrets as to how to find wildlife.Wildlife Photography Fieldcraft
Two Stories Polish Exhibition
This exhibition took place from 2010 to 2012 and was shown in 17 venues across Devon
This exhibition used fine art photography to tell the story of the Soviet invasion of Poland in World War 2 . It highlighted the lost history of Poland, the suffering of the Poles and Britain's role in Poland's demise.
A book was published at the same time telling the true story of a young girl caught up in the troubles.
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Devon County Council award 2010
This was to support the Two Stories Exhibition
UNLtd/Millenium Commission award 2010
This was an award to fund the Two Stories Polish Exhibition.
November 2009: Animal Healing.
An exhibition held in South Devon Healthcare Arts' gallery in Torbay Hospital. Images of wildlife together with a section 'Healed by Humans' showing animals healed in Devon Wildlife Hospital
February 2009: Business and Biodiversity
An exhibition of wildlife images of quarry images taken for Sibelco. The exhibition was held in Old Forde House, Newton Abbot.
This was obtained for a series of images in clay quarries, showing how that beauty can be found in contemporary landscapes. The quarries were clay quarries in Newton Abbot owned by Sibelco
Published in 2000, this book is out of date, although I may produce an e-book version at a later date.
Personal Computer in Horticulture
Published in 1998, this book is now out of print, but was the first book of its kind and was used by universities and Colleges.
BSc (Hons) Physics, MSc Engineering Management, ARPS, BA(Hons) Photography