Eastwood Farm SNCI is in Brislington, and was a rubbish tip in the early 1970s, which was covered over with topsoil and planted with a ring of trees. Continue reading Eastwood Farm, Bristol
The path along the Bristol side of the River Avon is an SNCI about 17 kilometres long, and in places only a metre or so wide. Continue reading Avon Towpath, Bristol
Conham Vale is a very steep narrow valley with a tiny stream running through it. Continue reading Conham Vale, Bristol
The River Trym cuts across North West Bristol, a tiny stream in a huge gorge, which speaks eloquently of the way that melting ice carved up the landscape fifteen thousand years ago. Continue reading Coombe Dingle, Bristol
If you park at the old Lamplighters Pub by the Pill ferry and walk north you come to Lamplighters Marsh. In the 1930s this was a huge marshalling yard for freight trains and it connected up with Avon mouth Docks.
The Woodland Trust reserve of Knoll hill is the remnants of the extended woodland garden of the nineteenth century Bishops palace. It extends down the slope of the Gorge as far as the track of the Severn Beach railway line.
Hung Road is a strange name for a short section of the bank of the Avon, but it is a fascinating place. It is close to the ancient village of Pill on the Somerset bank of the Avon but it can only be seen from the Shirehampton meadows. Continue reading Hung Road, Bristol
You probably didn’t know that Brandon Hill, off Park Street, is not just the oldest park in Bristol, it could be the oldest park in the world. It was given to the citizens of Bristol in 1174 by Robert Earl of Gloucester and has been public property ever since. Continue reading Brandon Hill, Bristol
Castle Park is in the ancient heart of Bristol, a green oasis, fenced in by the Ring road, Broadmead shopping centre and the Docks. You can easily miss it, because it is high above the throng of shoppers, and separated from the river by a vertical drop of ten metre. Continue reading Castle Park, Bristol
Snuff Mills Park lies on the River Frome just north of Eastville Park. It is a narrow linear park alongside the River Frome. This rises on the Cotswolds on the A46 by Tormarton, and it enters a steep sided gorge at Frenchay, and descends very rapidly to Eastville. Continue reading Snuff Mills
Scramble down from the flat grassy expanse of the Downs and you come to a fenced enclosure with well-fitting kissing gates that shut with a clunk. You look down a steep rocky valley, enclosed on all sides by trees, sturdy Black Pines planted in the 1880s the most obvious, but a lot of Yew and some old Ash. In the middle, a stout and rugged ventilator shaft that lies above the railway line from Temple Meads to Severn Beach, via Clifton Downs and Avonmouth. Continue reading The Goat enclosure, The Gully, Clifton Downs
I am an naturalist, author, broadcaster, tour leader, birder, photographer, public speaker, bird ringer, zoologist, diver, feather expert, and Peregrine researcher.
I have an energetic passion for nature, and enjoy communicating enthusiastically to a wide range of audiences. I also work as a learning officer for the Bristol Dinosaur Project, enabling others to learn about the City’s very own dinosaur. I am very personable, putting people at their ease when taking part in activities and events that I am involved with.
During and after studying Zoology at the University of Bristol, I have been studying the diet of urban Peregrines and colour ringing their young. I am a licensed bird ringer, and train others to handle and ring birds. I have been on the committee for the Bristol Ornithological Club for 13 years, and am currently the club’s chairman.
I have a regular wildlife slot on BBC Radio Bristol, report on BBC Radio 4’s Saving Species, write for BBC Magazines, and provide wildlife commentary on boat trips down the Avon Gorge and on the Exe Estuary.
I also lead groups on wildlife holidays around the world for Naturetrek, showing people everything from birds to whales and dolphins.
Prior to my role at the University, I worked for seven years as a learning officer at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, enabling various audiences to engage with the museum and its collections.
My name is Ian McGuire and I am a freelance wildlife conservationist with a particular specialisation in owls. I am based in Yate, South Gloucestershire, which is in North Bristol.
Through my school visits and community work I teach children and the wider public about wild British owls, how amazing they are and things we can do to help them. I also give advice about wildlife gardening and ways we can help to create and conserve wildlife habitats In 2013 I was ‘Highly Commended’ by Bristol Zoo as a Local Conservation Educator.
Leaving a management career in 2006 to form Wild Owl, I have given over 1000 talks to a wide variety of groups, clubs and schools all over the region and have established a reputation in wildlife circles as a knowledgeable and dedicated bird of prey conservationist who works hard to raise public awareness about these amazing birds and other wildlife.
A wildlife photographer and filmmaker, I have enviable access to thousands of owl photographs and hours of High Definition video that is exclusive to me – this makes my presentations extremely colourful and fascinating and is a very strong element of my visits – the WOW factor. I am confident that there are few people in my field that offer the powerful combination of knowledge, personality and multimedia that I use, particularly in schools.
I have appeared on national television on a number of occasions both as a guest and guest presenter and regularly appear on the radio to talk about owls, as well as the local press. Media coverage has included
Guest on the BBC’s ONE Show
- Co-presenter on 2 x Ideal World TV ‘Animal Bargains’ wildlife shows
- Advisor and provider of live owl to the movie ‘In Your Dreams’ with Linda Hamilton & Dexter Fletcher
- Provider of tawny owl for the 2011 Yeo Valley TV commercial
- Special guest on the BBC Radio Bristol Steve Yabsley Show
- Regular contributor on BCFM’s ‘Shepherds Way’ wildlife show
- Guest on BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s David Smith Show
- Regular appearances in local press
In addition to my experience as a speaker, I have worked with Downs Syndrome, Autism, Learning Difficulties and other disabilities. This has proved to be valuable training and experience for some of my Wild Owl work and I always encourage my customers to make me aware of any people, particularly children that have any disabilities so I can adjust my delivery to cater for them – this is very important for the child/adult and is also very important for me too as I want everybody to get the most from my visit!
In my spare time I am a synth/keys player & vocalist in a very popular local covers band called Tundra, I work part-time as a customer services administrator in my local Waitrose and I also DJ for a fortnightly disco in a local club for adults with Learning Difficulties!
I am fully insured and CRB Checked for all my Wild Owl work and provide risk assessment paperwork where required..
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