When I was eight years old, my family moved to a house on what was then the rural outskirts of Burgess Hill. It was there in the large, wildlife friendly garden and the woodland beyond that I first developed a passion for birds and other wildlife. Later we moved to Small Dole and I spent most of my free time in Tottington Woods and up at Woods Mill. I joined Henfield Birdwatch in 2009 and have since become a keen amateur bird photographer. In 2014, the Committee of HBW was brave enough to let me loose as one of its Area Surveyors and I very much enjoyed making monthly records of the birds in the area allotted to me. At a later date, I was delighted that some of my photos were also chosen for the fourth Henfield Birdwatch book which you can find on sale in the village. In addition to being a proud member of Henfield Birdwatch and The Sussex Wildlife Trust, I am also a member of the RSPB, the BTO, the Sussex Ornithological Society, the Shoreham & District Ornithological Society, The Barn Owl Trust, Friends of Warnham Nature Reserve and Butterfly Conservation.