I have always been fascinated by the natural world in all its forms, and find natural settings deeply moving, even spiritual but not in any kind of religious sense. I am as enthralled by the handsome foxes and playful blue tits that visit my small English garden as the magnificent herds of elephant and wildebeest roaming the Amboseli plains in Kenya.
Growing up, I devoured the books of Gerald Durrell, relishing the weird and wonderful creatures he found. In addition, I am a great admirer of the wonderful David Attenborough having already watched everything that he has produced more than once.
From a young child, I have kept pets, from the usual dogs and guinea pigs to more unusual animals like domesticated hedgehogs, and enjoyed bonding with and observing them. My pets bring me great pleasure and I hope that I have repaid them with affection and care.
I enjoy the challenge of breeding my animals to improve my stock. I find the genetics particularly fascinating and have spent many pleasurable hours working out the colours and patterns to expect in each budgie nest. I have tried to understand the colour genetics of chickens but I have failed yet to master it.