I have been fascinated by the Natural World since I was a very small child.
Before first light on a Sunday, my Father and I would tiptoe out of the house to avoid waking my Mother and Sister. He would drive us to Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire, find somewhere secluded and set up his easel to paint. I would then wander off on my own and explore Sherwood Forest. I was 8 and in heaven.
I learned two important life skills in those times. How to navigate in the woods and how to approach and observe the wildlife without impacting on their behaviour. These were the days of abundant Red Squirrels and, sadly, Myxomatosis in Rabbits.
I was already lapping up the wildlife films of Hans and Lotte Hass, Hugo Van Lawick, Alan Root, Jacques Cousteau and of course, David Attenborough. I daydreamed of being able to film wildlife like they had.
After two or three hours of stalking my favourite animals and birds, I would make my way back to the car, where Dad would have a kettle perched on a Brass Primus Stove, making tea. These were some of the best days of my childhood.
A selection of Natural History Credits (Not in date order):
CONQUEST OF THE SKIES – with David Attenborough. A series following the evolution of flight in animals for SKY 3D / ATLANTIC
FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES – An IMAX 3D film about the Monarch Butterflies in N. America. (GSCA – BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD) S.K.FILMS (TORONTO) & PRINCIPAL LARGE FORMAT (UK)
FIRST LIFE – with David Attenborough. (BAFTA NOMINATION for PHOTOGRAPHY) for BBC / ATLANTIC
EARTH LIVE – A global live broadcast. I was in Ethiopia filming Hyenas at night with the Canon ME20. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC / PLIMSOLL
RISE OF ANIMALS – with David Attenborough. BBC / ATLANTIC
HIDDEN KINGDOMS / TINY GIANTS 3D – for BBC Natural History Unit
MICRO MONSTERS – with David Attenborough. A series looking at insects for SKY 3D / ATLANTIC
GALAPAGOS – with David Attenborough. A series for SKY 3D / ATLANTIC
BATCHELOR KING – A series narrated by David Attenborough and Tim Allen (IMAX 3D VERSION). I spent 5 months following the life of King Penguins on South Georgia for SKY 3D / COLOSSUS
MANED WOLVES – Filmed in Brazil. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC / CICADA
GREAT BARRIER REEF – with David Attenborough. A series looking at the changes in the reef since David’s first visit. BBC / ATLANTIC
MEERKAT MADNESS – Kalahari Meerkat project for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC / BIG WAVE
BANDED MONGOOSES – Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC / BIG WAVE
MEERKAT MANOR (THE MOVIE) – Feature length film at the Kalahari Meerkat project for DISCOVERY / OXFORD SCIENTIFIC FILMS
ORANGUTAN RESCUE – with Michaela Strachan. Rescuing Orangutans in Kalimantan Borneo for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC / BIG WAVE
SERENGETI – following the great migration in Tanzania for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC / ORTV
BACK TO THE WILD – Series for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Elephant translocation in Malaysia and Orangutan Rescues in Borneo
JOHN LYDON’S MEGA BUGS – Johnny Rotten does Insects. A series shot in the USA for DISCOVERY / NORTH ONE
BUG ATTACK – with Phil DeVries looking at the potency of insect stings. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC / BIG WAVE
THE BURROWERS – with Chris Packham. An inside view of the burrows of Water Voles, Badgers and Rabbits for BBC / Dragonfly
THE SECRET LIFE OF PRIMATES – with Charlotte Uhlenbroek. I filmed the Baboon (Tanzania) and Orangutan (Borneo) episodes. BBC / DRAGONFLY