I am a passionate wildlife filmmaker, photographer, writer, presenter, and scientific researcher, with an MSc in Wild Animal Biology from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in association with the Zoological Society of London's Institute of Zoology.
I made my first independent wildlife film documentary in 2018, entitled The Treasure of Richmond Park, teaching myself and conducting all aspects of the creative and production process.
I am also an experienced zoologist and zookeeper, having volunteered in wildlife sanctuaries around the world, and at ZSL's London Zoo for the last three years. In 2021 I conducted a major scientific research project involving wild Mandarin Ducks (Aix Galericulata).
My favorite subjects are animal behaviour, conservation, and animal welfare.
The Treasure of Richmond Park - My first wildlife documentary
During 2017 and 2018, and with a passion for wildlife, a degree in Zoology, and a love of photography and film-making, I decided to photograph and film the deer of Richmond Park, my eventual aim to create my very first wildlife film documentary. I soon became addicted and went to the park every week for a year. I filmed in the dead of winter and at the height of summer.
The park was magical. On cold March mornings, just before dawn, the deer, enveloped by frozen mist and gently falling snow, appeared majestic and mysterious. Completely alone in the park, it was not difficult to contemplate the power and beauty of the natural world.
At this time I didn't have my own camera but borrowed a motley collection from family and friends. I recorded hundreds of shots and then, after a period of intense learning, care of YouTube, and my talented brother, I created the film. I performed almost every task myself from researching, storyboarding, and scriptwriting to shooting, sound recording, editing, adding the music and sound effects, and overlaying my own narration.
Many thanks to:
Twickenham Film Studios for help with colour grading and for hosting my preview event.
Wildeye where I attended an introductory course.
Wildscreen which I attended in 2016, 2018, and 2020.
As part of my MSc in Wild Animal Biology, I conducted a major research project entitled: Assessment of Diurnal Temporal Activity-Patterns of Mandarin Ducks (Aix Galericulata) in a Wooded Wetland.
Further sample analyses and statistical analyses are being conducted with the intention of publishing the project.
The Tale of Kit
Designed and written by
with Illustrations by
Excerpt: Deep in the heart of London's biggest park lives royalty. Not in the guise of a human but taking the form of one of London's oldest trees, the grand old Royal Oak of Richmond Park.
For more than six hundred years this great old oak has silently observed the lives of its minions, the extraordinary birds that fly high above, the endearing mammals that stride elegantly around it, the reptiles and amphibians that slither and hop through its tangled roots and the peculiar but magnificent creepy-crawly insects that rustle deep within it. This is the story of a remarkable community, and one inhabitant in particular – Kit. .............................
Due for publication in 2022