Nature photography is only part of what I do. Conservation is something that has been a part of my life for many years, and it marries well with my photography. Here you will find a portfolio of imagery displaying some of the conservation work I have been fortunate enough to be involved with.
The Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project was an ambitious conservation project to help protect the future of the seabirds that breed on the archipelago off of the South West tip of England. It involved the eradication of brown rats from the inhabited islands of St Agnes & Gugh, and at the time, was the largest island eradication project of its kind to involve a community on the island. I first arrived on the islands in summer following the initial eradication and began to help with the monitoring phase of the project. Remaining vigilant and responding to potential rat incursions, as well as assisting with conducting ecological surveys across the islands.
Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project
The island of Redonda is a small, rocky island that rises sharply from the sea to just under 300 metres high. It is home to a number of unique species ranging from seabirds to unique plant species. Up until February 2017 many of these unique species were predated by invasive rats. Thanks to the efforts of Fauna & Flora International and project partners, these non-native predators were successfully removed from the island which has since gone on to show incredibly positive signs of recovery. The images shown here are from my time as part of the eradication team, working in one of the most remote locations I've been fortunate enough to work in this far.
Redonda Restoration Programme
Each year a team of ecologists spend several weeks living and working in the dense forest that surrounds the summit of Great Barrier Island, monitoring the population of black petrels that breed there each summer. More than recording new individuals in the breeding colony however, work takes place to assess the population across various types of habitat, meaning that we dive head long into the dense and at times unforgiving New Zealand bush.
See images featured in New Zealand Geographic's Photography of the Year 2020, as well as new images never before seen.