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..