Mike Russell

Mike Russell

There is a direct link between mumps, P G tips and my interest in birds. As a small boy I avidly collected the cards of British birds to be found in packets of tea, making my parents endless cups of tea and while lying in bed with mumps, my mum bought me ‘The Observer Book of Birds’ and there began a life-long passion for birds.  I have been fortunate that my working life has been involved with wildlife conservation and birds having worked for 4 years at Dinton Pastures Country Park near Wokingham and then arriving at the Sussex Wildlife Trust in 1985 and enjoying over 30 years of working for this wonderful organisation before retiring last year.

I now work freelance and spend much of my life showing people birds, which is a very nice way to spend your retirement! I still run courses and bird trips for the Trust as well as running my own day trips and longer weekends further afield in the UK. In addition I lead wildlife safaris at the Knepp Castle re-wilding project, a fascinating conservation project just a few miles from Henfield. I also lead wildlife holidays to many places across the globe for a company called Wildlife Travel who donate all their profits to wildlife conservation organisations.

I’m very proud to be involved in Henfield Birdwatch, it has evolved to be one of the most widely recognised local community wildlife projects in the UK, receiving the British Trust for Ornithology Marsh award in 2011 and £1,000.00 for our 2010 bird report.


Wildlife Travel – Wild Flower Tours and Natural History Holidays


Russell’s Tours – mailto:mikerussell51@yahoo.co.uk