A life-long naturalist, initially a birdwatcher, I became interested in invertebrates at university and this developed in my first job on the Stoke-on-Trent Environmental Survey in the early 1980s where I was expected to identify anything brought in by the surveyors! Possibly the first square-by-square intensive ecological survey of an urban area this resulted in a series of booklets published by the Potteries Museum, for which I wrote the terrestrial invertebrates volume. After a few years selling cameras I joined Staffordshire Wildlife Trust to computerise their Wildlife Sites system, at the same time becoming Staffordshire Area Organiser for the Spider Recording Scheme. In 1991 I produced the Checklist of Staffordshire Spiders which led on to the Atlas which I produced in 2005 under the auspices of SER.
In 1991 I was employed by the Urban Wildlife Trust in Birmingham to develop EcoRecord, the first urban Biological Records Centre. After ten years at EcoRecord I returned to Staffordshire to develop the new Staffordshire Ecological Record, based at the Wildlife Trust and have spent the last 14 years running SER. I now run my own web-hosting company which I use to support a number of local and national organisations.
As a true recording ‘anorak’ my love of the Norfolk Broads has resulted in my compiling a database of all the boats on the Broads and more recently this has been published as a website. Over the past 20 years, I have also photographed the Three Rivers Race – a 24hr sailing race based on the Broads. In 2012 I had the honour of taking part on an 80 year old River Cruiser.
My other interests include photography, particularly macro of insects and other invertebrates and have used my photos to illustrate the many websites I administer.