When I’m not travelling and presenting, I’m a busy mother-of-two, running the kids around and enjoying family life. But, in our garden, our children can enjoy being “free-range” and we spend many hours together watching the birds on the feeders and the other wildlife which comes to drink and bathe in our pond. We have just installed a camera in our kestrel nest box which has added a whole new dimension to watching wildlife - and I hope to be able to post pictures when she starts to nest. Watch this space!
I studied Zoology at Bristol University, where I discovered my interest for conservation while working at WWT Slimbridge in my holidays. I also discovered my love for making wildlife stories during a 3 month placement as an assistant to a wildlife cameraman on a “Natural World” project. From that experience, I just knew that I wanted to work in wildlife film-making. I managed to secure work at the BBC Natural History Unit, moving from being a Runner to a Researcher and then, in 1998, came my lucky break into presenting for Fox Television. I travelled far and wide presenting topside and underwater and it was this experience, sharing my passion for wildlife which nurtured my career as a wildlife presenter.
I have been doing the job I love for the last 20 years!
In the last 20 years I have presented television and radio stories around the world, on environmental issues, travel, wreck diving, fine foods, metal detecting, classical music, local history and marine conservation, but my real passion is exploring the wildlife I see around me from day to day.
Through my work on and off screen, I hope to convey my love for our environment and the need for effective conservation and my desire to connect people with the world and the wildlife around them.
I BELIEVE THAT WOMEN SHOULD HAVE A STRONG VOICE AND A POWERFUL PRESENCE AND AS A RESULT OF MY COMMITMENT TO CONSERVATION AND BROADCASTING, I WAS LISTED AS ONE OF THE TOP 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN IN THE WEST 2018
I learnt to scuba dive at University with no idea that it would become a major part of my career. Having traveled and dived all over the world, I still enjoy the excitement and thrill of diving in the chilly waters around the UK - we have such an array and diversity of marine wildlife that few people know about.
Current Diving Qualifications held:
HSE professional SCUBA, BSAC Dive leader, PADI EANX, IANTD Advanced Nitrox, IANTD Normoxic Trimix, PADI Ice Diver, Advanced Hollis rebreather diver.