Most of my early years were spent outside walking around Start Point with an old 35mm "Zenith E" camera trying to take pictures of sea birds without much success. When I used to get the films back, 35 out of 36 pictures were a blur and I would get one good one, which really was the story for me before digital.
One good thing pre-digital did was taught me how to sneak up on birds and animals and it made me study my prey more and this has stood me in good stead since.
This website was started in 2006 and while it's a work in progress, it's certainly growing in all areas. At present there are over 250 species of birds and most of the main British mammals, reptiles and amphibians. There are over 60 butterflies and moths as well as a growing picture library of other insects. The Out and About section has grown to cover places of interest such as reserves in 11 counties and islands of England with other references to Scotland and Wales.
I am hopeful that I will be able to continue to improve the website, especially with the educational side of the picture gallery.
I have been very privileged to have met wildlife experts who have shared their expertise with me, like the Barn Owl Trust and the wardens and volunteers at Dawlish Warren. Farmers and game keepers have pointed me in the right direction and I thank them for trusting me on their land. Lastly I want thank family and friends for their support, especially Chris G, "The wise five" and the lady that likes tulips ;o) for their constant encouragement and pushing me to do something with the little bit of talent I have.
I hope you enjoy looking at the website.
© Simon Thurgood 2014
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