Our most recent member of staff, Ian is a lifelong wildlife enthusiast, passionate conservationist and keen traveller and photographer. After completing studies in Wildlife Conservation and Countryside Management, he spent many months volunteering for the RSPB and Wildlife Trusts around the United Kingdom. Ian’s strong interest in mammals, reptiles and birds led to his participation in fauna surveys and practical work with many endangered species.
In 2013 Ian spent almost four months in Brazil working as a volunteer birdwatching guide at Guapi Assu Lodge in the biodiversity hotspot of the endangered Atlantic Rainforest (Mata Atlantica) showing visitors the rare wildlife found in that ecosystem. While in Brazil, Ian was also fortunate to travel extensively to many wildlife-rich corners of the country, including Amazonia.
Ian first became known to Reef & Rainforest as a client on a jaguar watching trip with his parents to the Brazilian Pantanal: he enjoyed the trip so much that he decided to embark on a career with us. Ian’s love of overseas wildlife watching – both as hobby and work – has taken him across Europe and to many exotic locations around the world including Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Madagascar, Kenya and North America.
In his spare time, Ian enjoys exploring beautiful South Devon in search of local wildlife, and walking and cycling on Dartmoor and around the coast.