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About Me

I was born and raised in Somerset, and developing an interest in wildlife at the age of 7 have been birding on the Somerset Levels ever since. Though Somerset has always been 'home', I have been fortunate enough to spend much of the last 10 years working around the UK as a warden and researcher on such legendary sites as Titchwell Marsh, Holme Dunes, The Isles of Scilly, Portland, The Farne Islands and Blakeney Point. Inbetween jobs I have enjoyed birding across the globe (semi-delerious blogs from these trips can be found here) and studied Ecology & Wildlife Conservation at Bournemouth University.

 

Every time I came back to spend time in Somerset though, I was astonished by the biodiversity on the Levels, and consider it among the finest wildlife watching locations I know, prompting me to set up Avalon Wildlife in 2013. I feel that the area is under-recognised, and deserves to be truly appreciated by a wider audience, and I hope to use this website to showcase the amazing natural spectacles of the marshes, and use my services as a guide to deliver unforgettable experiences to those who visit. It gives me great pleasure to share my knowledge of such a special place, whether it be with residents of Glastonbury wishing to find out more about the gem on their doorstep, or birders from the other side of the world keen to see the rare species found here. The wildlife of the county is going through a 'boom' phase with several impressive and ambitious new nature reserves added recently. My favourite of these being Steart Marshes, where I currently work as part of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust wardening team. I guide around the county in my spare time, so booking early is advised to ensure that i'm available.

 

I usually carry a camera with me and enjoy wildlife photography. Rather than setting out and waiting to capture specific shots, I like to simply record what I see happen in front of me as I am out and about and occasionally get some very satisfying images, though I remain very much a 'keen amateur'.

Little Egret

Joe Cockram

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