~ Artist ~

My website was hacked recently I hope to get the pictures and links restored soon.

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 using a Canon SX60 Powershot camera and an Olympus Tough TG5 camera. A collection of my wildlife videos can be viewed here 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.

View some of my paintings here

In 2017 I was awarded the H.H. Bloomer Award by The Linnean Society.

~ 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 and bees. Ecological studies of individual species have included various ground beetles, oil beetles and the heath potter wasp. Recent projects include an invertebrate survey of road verges for the Highways Agency, surveying and studying the ecology of the ‘worlds rarest spider’ the Horrid Ground Weaver for Buglife, teaching beetle identification to Plymouth University students and studying the Narrow-headed Ant for part of the Back from the Brink project .

I have worked as a consultant entomologist and naturalist on many television and radio programmes. Most recently for Hugh’s Wild West and Winterwatch others include:

~ Speaker ~

I have been giving talks on my wildlife studies for over ten years. These are a combination of field sketches, photographs and video clips. I have thousands of images to choose from so am constantly adding new subjects to my presentations.

Recently I have given talks for the Moor Meadows Group on gardening for wildlife, the Bristol Ornithological Club and the Devon Local Nature Partnership Special Species launch. Subjects include:

  • Wildlife of Dartmoor
  • Secret world of the undergrowth
  • Wildlife of Devon – from shore to moor
  • The Heath Potter Wasp
  • Mandarins, Admirals and Devils Fingers

I also lead workshops and offer personal tuition in field craft, bird song and wildlife sketching in the field— from £30 an hour. I lead walks and attend wildlife events showing the camouflage of moths in my popular ‘Spot the Moth’ exhibit.


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 in an old mill in 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 ecologist specialising in invertebrates, wildlife artist and public speaker on a wide variety of projects including an illustrated wildlife diary, ecological studies of invertebrates including the blue ground beetle Carabus intricatus, the heath potter wasp Eumenes coarctatus and the Horrid ground weaver spider Nothophantes horridus. 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 more recently have appeared in several short films 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.