Meet The Whisperers

Michael Leigh-Mallory

Mikes enthusiasm for the outdoors and the wildlife around him is infectious as many a friend will tell you. There are stories of escapee caterpillars in the bedroom, Puss moth caterpillars chewing up a new wardrobe in the quest to pupate!  Plastering sugar on trees at midnight to attract moths and later being asked to explain what he was doing to the local Police. Whilst his friends were out on the green playing football Michael was often to be found ...
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Hugh Miles

My love for wildlife and the wide open spaces intensified when growing up in the Fens at Ely. Singing in the cathedral choir from age eight and a half and a passion for playing the French Horn meant music was to be my profession but watching Peter Scott on the early "Look" programmes (in black and white!) further inspired me, and when I saw a film about the great pioneer Eric Ashby as he crept around the New Forest with ...
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Brydon Thomason

A native Shetlander, Brydon grew up on a croft on the beautiful island of Fetlar.  With birds as evocative as Red-throated Diver, Storm Petrel, Red-necked Phalarope and Snowy Owl literally on his doorstep, it is little wonder that he had a passion for birds from childhood. But it wasn't just birds that inspired Brydon: Otters, and in particular their secretive lives, fascinated him from a young age.  Learning to track their movements and elusive behaviour in his childhood developed into ...
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John Campbell

Born Wirral, Cheshire (a long time ago) 50 years experience of watching the glorious wildlife we have been blessed with in this country, in particular Wild Otters ( Lutra lutra). I am a member of the ICUN, "Otter Specialist Group" and operate my own wildlife / otter guiding and consultancy business. I have been responsible for obtaining otter footage on several high profile TV programs including Springwatch, Autumnwatch, Nature of Britain, Simon Kings Shetland Diaries and Coast. As a young ...
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Ben Osborne

Ben Osborne has been a freelance photographer for 25 years. He specialises in wildlife and landscape photography but also shoots a wide variety of other outdoor subjects, ranging from oil spills to hill-walking. He has worked on all seven continents but is best known for his images of Antarctica in the book of the BBC series “Life in the Freezer”. His work has been published in numerous magazines including National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Geo, Radio Times and Hello! In 2007 ...
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Gill Sim

When I meet people and they ask “what do you do?”, I am not really sure how to respond.  Perhaps it should be “I try to incorporate the Natural World into my life each day.” I am a qualified Horticulturalist, with my own gardening business in South East England. Specialising in wildlife friendly gardening I have a passion for plants along with the myriad of wild creatures I encounter.  I have a wealth of experience, having worked in many types of garden, from National ...
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Matt Wilson

My name is Matthew Wilson (Matt to most). I am a Scottish West Coaster born and bred and for the last 24 years I have been privileged to live and work on land and sea on and around the peninsula of Morvern in North Argyll. This sparsely populated, wild, and often windy chunk of land is bound by water. Loch Sunart to the north and West, The Sound of Mull to the south, Loch Linnhe to the east and the ...
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Jackson Looseyia

I was born 3rd May 1967 in the Lemek area Narok District of Kenya. My family have been brought up in the Maasai Mara. All live and work in the mara. After finishing school, I found a job as tracker and Guide at Rekero homes in the early 1980s, I then trained as a guide in this company for which I have now worked for more than 25 years. During this time I went for training in South Africa for the ...
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Ben Macdonald

As a young naturalist and photographer, I have always aspired to a career in natural history film-making.  As far back as my memory extends, my two great passions have been the natural world, and the creation of something from scratch, whether writing stories or composing music. In time, I hope to merge these interests into one, to make the most exciting and challenging documentaries. In the meantime, I have huge amounts to learn, much to see, and hope to share this ...
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Paul & Ryan Edwards

We’re 18 year old twin brothers and have been fortunate to be brought up in an area with a wealth of wildlife really close to home, which has fueled our passion for filming and photographing the wild creatures and natural world around us. We have always been interested in animals and helping to raise farm animals on our neighbors small holding was what first sparked an interest and inquisitiveness for them. Living in the countryside it wasn’t long until our ...
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Darren Woodhead

1st February. ‘ What a day, Blizzard conditions and total white out. Did not risk the hills but instead drove as far towards Eastside as I thought manageable. Weighed my drawing board down with rocks but even that wasn’t enough. At one point both board and palette flying to the other side of the track, my metal palette coming off worst and snapping into two. Ice and snow gathering on the painting, with the occasional sounds of cracking branches and ...
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Simon King

Every trip, every brush with new or familiar creatures has enriched my life, often with amusing, sometimes moving and occasionally alarming encounters.' Even as a young child, Simon King was passionate about the natural world. Being savaged by a rabid cheetah, charged at by rhinos and elephants and defecated upon by a long list of birds may sound like hell to some. But these, along with countless other experiences with all things furry, scaly, slimy and feathery have provided him ...
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