I was born on a Norfolk smallholding and have lived in Norfolk all my life. As a child I spent many hours wandering around the farm and local woods with my binoculars watching the birds and studying the plants and flowers that grew around me.
Baby water vole with a slice of carrot on my farm pond
Bradley and me in the hide
Bee orchids on my farm
I now run my own 40 acre smallholding in east Norfolk. The farm is laid to grass for horse grazing and hay production and is a haven for wildlife including many declining species. Notable residents include bee orchids, Yellowhammers and a family of water voles which now live and breed on the farm pond. I love watching the local barn owls hunting the hay fields and rough field margins at dawn and dusk. Instead of a pair of binoculars I am now armed with camera and long lens as I try to capture these beautiful creatures in their natural environment.
Bradley my faithful Labrador x spaniel is never far from my side (except when I am on a nature reserve) and has been with me when most of my photographs have been taken. He is trained to work to hand signals so I don’t have to speak and risk disturbing whatever I might be trying to photograph, he knows when I have a camera in my hand it’s time to behave!! We also enjoy dog agility together every Friday night where I train one of the classes.