~ Artist ~

I draw and paint wildlife directly from life in the field as I feel this is the only way I can capture the life and vitality of my subjects. I am a keen photographer and specialise in taking photographs of insects. A collection of my wildlife videos can be viewed on Youtube I have written and illustrated several publications, including:

I sketch in the field using Graffwood 3B pencils and a minimal number of watercolours. Some of my Paintings:

~ Ecologist ~

I carry out a range of ecological work and am able to survey invertebrates, birds, mammals and reptiles. I specialise in the identification of ground beetles. Ecological studies of individual species have included various ground beetles, oil beetles and heath potter wasps. Recent projects include an invertebrate survey of road verges for the Highways Agency, a beetle survey of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths and teaching beetle identification to Plymouth University students.

I have worked as a consultant entomologist and naturalist on many television and radio programmes. These include:

~ Speaker ~

I enjoy giving talks about a number of wildlife-related topics. Some examples of talks I give are:

  • Wildlife of Dartmoor
  • Secret world of the undergrowth
  • Wildlife of Devon – from shore to moor
  • The Heath Potter Wasp

I also lead workshops in wildlife art, insect identification and work with Jennie Hale as part of Workshop Under The Sky.


I have been fascinated by nature since childhood and one of my earliest memories is of watching glow-worms as a three year old on the south Downs, in Hampshire.

I now live on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon with my wife Joyce and son Oscar. Our eldest son Barnaby is currently living and working in an old mill at Lubtheen, Germany.

I enjoy exploring the natural world through through drawing and painting, wildlife in the field. I am also a keen photographer. My interests in natural history are wide with particular focus on the study of insects, birds and rockpool life. My sketches and field paintings are always produced on the spot in the field. For me this is the only way I can capture the life and vitality of my subjects.

I grew up on Hayling Island, where surrounded by the bird-filled harbours, sand dunes and the rich habitats of the county I developed a deep passion for the natural world.

After graduating from Falmouth School of Art and Design in 1991 I worked for the Dartmoor National Park Authority as a graphic designer.

Since going freelance in 1999 I now work as a wildlife consultant, artist, public speaker and ecologist on a wide variety of projects from producing an illustrated wildlife diary, book and leaflet design and ecological studies of beetles. I have worked with the BBC Natural History Unit on many television programmes including the award winning Smalltalk Diaries, the Natural World – Earth Pilgrim and the David Attenborough series – Life in the Undergrowth. I have also contributed to several Living World programmes for Radio 4 and appeared on the BBC One Show.

I have won a number of awards for my drawings and paintings, notably the Wildlife Art Gallery Award, in the 1992 European Bird Artist of the Year competition and in 1997 was the British Birds Bird Illustrator of the Year. My work has appeared in many books including the Devon – wildlife through the seasons and Bugs Britannica.

John Walters