I have a considerable knowledge of British natural history gained through my work as a countryside ranger in Sherwood Forest and as an environmental studies officer at a field study centre near Oxford. In 1996 I gained an Undergraduate Certificate in Countryside Conservation from Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.
Working in the natural environment I have developed a varied experience as an all-round field naturalist through extensive practical, hands-on work in the field of ecology and nature conservation. My particular interests include British geology, ancient trees and oak woodland, spiders, moths and plant galls.
I am passionate about passing this knowledge on to all age groups, working for over 30 years in providing practical environmental education activities to school groups - both in the primary sector, and to secondary and undergraduate students (see Environmental Education for more details). There is an increasing concern that the "field naturalist" is disappearing in the UK. A greater emphasis on the outdoor and environmental curriculum is therefore essential to avoid further depletion of this expertise in this country.
As an experienced arachnologist, I have undertaken arachnid surveys in Nottinghamshire and Oxfordshire, and led training workshops on spider identification for county recorders' groups and professional ecological organisations. I regularly give lectures (see Training & Presentations) to local natural history groups on a range of subjects.
I have written on a range of subjects (see Publications) and am currently co-editing a new book on the Royal Forest of Shotover.
I am an executive member of the Oxfordshire Geology Trust, a council member of the British Arachnological Society and a committee member of Shotover Wildlife.
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