I grew up in Lenzie, just outside Glasgow. I got a BSc in Zoology at Glasgow University and then an MSc in Ecology at Aberdeen. While at Aberdeen, my awareness and interest in Scottish wildlife really took off. My career as a naturalist started in earnest when I started volunteering at Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve after University. After that, two seasons at Aigas Field Centre near Inverness really built up my skills and knowledge. I then worked as a countryside ranger and education officer for 3 years, until I got the job as Stirling Council’s Biodiversity Officer in 2000. From 2003 to 2005 I worked as a Biodiversity Officer in North Lanarkshire and since then I have worked in a job-share post doing the same at Highland Council. In 2008 I became the first beardless chairman of the Highland Biological Recording Group (HBRG) and in 2011 the Chairman of Biological Recording in Scotland (BRISC). I also sit on the Scottish Biodiversity Information Forum (SBIF) Committee. My self-employed work time is spent as a tourist guide, tourist guide trainer, ecological consultant and lecturer. There is never a dull (or do I mean 'spare'?) moment.
My specialist natural history interest is in Dragonflies and in the last 20 years I have developed from being an absolute novice who knew just about nothing into someone that runs identification courses and knows a fair bit more. I have volunteered for the British Dragonfly Society running Field Visits, giving talks and identification courses since 2003 and I greatly enjoy enthusing people about these fabulous insects. I contributed to the British Dragonfly Society’s Atlas that was published in 2014; this book represents a fantastic achievement delivered by committed, enthusiastic and highly professional volunteers and based on volunteer recorders’ data.