|Wild Boar Course||20/09/2019|
|Any approved provider - Offsite Safety Management course||05/12/2018|
|Any approved provider - Offsite Safety Management course||04/12/2018|
|Any approved provider - Environmental workshop - I day||07/07/2018|
|Any approved provider - Environmental workshop - I day||06/07/2018|
I was born in north Yorkshire, and spent my early years walking the open moors and dales. My family moved to a farm in Cornwall when I was 11. This offered a whole new environment for me to study. I totally immersed myself into the countryside, and went out of my way to know all that was going on around the farm. Throughout my youth I had been fascinated with the natural world and had self-studied many aspects of this to the point of leaving school I could visually identify all birds, mammals, and trees of Europe and North America. As a youth I was also fascinated with wilderness survival and bush-crafts, skills that have stood me well in many situations overseas.
In my late teens I learnt hang-gliding, and then static-line parachuting.
At age 19 I took a gap-year and explored the wilderness areas of the USA, Europe, and the Middle-east before continuing my natural science studies, which focused on both biology and geology.
I joined the army and served 4 years in the Royal Logistic Corps, where I learnt leadership skills, the logistics of moving a large amount of equipment and personnel into and out of all types of terrain. I also attained military wilderness survival and bush-craft qualifications.
I then spent the next 15 years travelling the world. I lived in the Republic of China on Taiwan for 10 years, which I used as a base to visit all the wilderness areas of all the East-Asian countries.
Now back in the UK I still travel the world with my botany work, and do get away several times each year. But I still make time to lead groups in the UK while I'm here.