James Hanlon is a Cambs-based naturalist who has been obsessed  with wildlife from a very young age. An author & writer, birder, photographer, freelance field ecologist, artist and tour guide, he has written occasional feature articles for BBC Wildlife & Birdwatch magazines; as a photographer his work has appeared in several books (most recently A Summer of British Wildlife & 52 Wildlife Weekends both by James Lowen) as well as The Mirror Newspaper, The Daily Record, British Birds, BBC Wildlife, Birdwatch, Birding World, Dutch Birding and Birdwatching magazine. Press credits include interviews for BBC Newsnight Scotland, the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 5, The Mirror Newspaper, The Guardian, several local newspapers and two half hour interviews for BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
This is a lively, entertaining and informative account of the author's quest over 17 years, and before his 30th birthday, to record 500+ species of the birds found in Britain and Ireland. Complemented by his own photographs and splendid paintings and drawings, he recounts car crashes, stormy sea crossings, plane convoys and even a coastguard rescue during his travels in pursuit of avian rarities. If you thought the simple pleasure of birdwatching - now one of the fastest-growing recreational activities in the world - couldn't be described as 'extreme', you should read this book.
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In this splendid illustrated travelogue, the author realises his dream of travelling in search of antipodean birds and other exotic wildlife by first hitchhiking around New Zealand before moving on to Australia. Armed with a backpack, a pair of binoculars and a sketchbook, Hanlon meets up with many wild animals and also has his fair share of adventures. Truly wild times down under!
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Ecological Field Surveyor

From my base just outside Cambridge I support a number of consultancies around the country as a field surveyor and am available, sometimes at short notice, for surveys mainly in East Anglia and the home counties, although work further afield may be considered from time to time. I can offer more than 30 years’ birding experience and have participated in more than 100 bat surveys. A current member of CIEEM with an honours degree in Zoology/ Marine Zoology from the University of Wales Bangor, I have experience in the following fields both commercially with consultancies and as a volunteer with local conservation groups: 

Reptiles – general surveys checking refugia.

Newts – bottle trapping & translocation (GCN license expected by start of 2017).

Bats – primarily detector-based emergence surveys associated with LPAs

Other mammals – pre-construction surveys for badger excavations; trapping studies of small mammals & Mustelids; dormouse box-checking & field signs.

Birds – BBS & Vantage Point surveys including movements of seabirds close to breeding colonies most recently in 2017 a 7 month project surveying birds ahead of a wind farm development.

Offshore surveys – boat-based seabird & cetacean surveys.

Additionally I am available on a few occasions a year as a private guide at a reasonable rate; please contact me with specific requirements if you wish to seek assistance for a forthcoming birding or nature-watching trip. This service is not available at short notice as it will have to be worked around other timetabled events.

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