Originally trained in biological and medical
sciences, I eventually studied environmental science
in Plymouth and Trent University Canada, where I teamed up
with other post-graduates to form CARMA, an organisation pooling
our commercial skills in ecology/conservation.
Projects included a business proposal for a small scale Hydro-electricity
production on the Otonoby river Ontario. CARMA is now absorbed
into the Green World Trust, and I am now attached to the Bristol
In addition to my science background I have always had an
ecology conservation lifestyle and help with the sustainable
build firm Timber
Trained in Permaculture Design, I helped
the running of smallholdings and the British Trust for Conservation
Volunteers groups. I currently help look after a small reserve
with GWT volunteers. Campaign work includes being a national
spokesperson on nuclear decommissioning for Parents Concerned
About Hinkley (PCAH) and the Severn Estuary Partnership.
Expeditions and diving:
I have studied caves and jungles around the world, helped
with an eco-development partnership for self-employed Jamaican
fishers, and a bat study for Malaysian forest conservation
My volunteer and low pay work includes, working for the Devon
Wildlife Trust as a Marine Warden at Wembury Bay and at Secret
World animal rescue centre.
For a variety of reason, including helping plan expeditions,
I founded the 16thly gatherings. Every 16th of every month
we meet at a venue decided monthly, thus encouraging new faces.
There is no formal structure and the open meetings can follow
any topic. Some sessions are musical and magical; some just
glorified coffee evenings. There is no guarantee who attends;
It may be up to you how good it is and whoever else attends.
Some limited tele-conferencing facilities may be available
and messages for those who can’t make it. Sometimes
people book and car-pool to go to an interesting event or
a film. A 16th can act as a surgery for people wanting to
report back on recent conferences. Usually we just have fun.
Most are in the British West Country, the biggest was near
Budapest and twinned with Burnham-on-Sea. Come as you are
and expect - Anything.