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The Goat enclosure, The Gully, Clifton Downs

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

Ed Drewitt

Ed Drewitt birdwatching. 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.

Ian McGuire – Wild Owl

Ian Mcguire

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..

Ian