Nature's Calendar is very close to my heart.
have a profound interest in getting people off their sofas and into the wilds
where they can look at animals, rather than just studying them on the television
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needs to be experienced first hand.
You have to be able to touch it, see
it, smell it and exercise your curiosity - and that's what Nature's Calendar is
Sometimes we're so overwhelmed by TV images of glamorous animals
in exotic locations, that we often forget that there's some really beautiful wildlife
at the bottom of our gardens.
I want to destroy the mystique about wildlife.
For me, home is where the heart is.
I've travelled all over the world but
my favourite animals are right here at home.
a myth that you have to be an expert to watch wildlife. You don't have to be a
You can be just like me and spend time watching
and studying these animals just for fun.
Take Badgers, for example.
Watching this nocturnal creature isn't a mystical art - it's practical common
Anyone can go out and find a Badger sett and have great fun doing
When I was younger, I studied Badger excrement for five years, but
you don't have to get quite so carried away with poo as I did!
been passionate about nature from an early age.
As a child I transformed
our home in Southampton into a menagerie bristling with a diversity of species.
Snakes, spiders, finches and foxes all soiled my parents' carpets!
ever-growing passion for wildlife has shaped my career.
I studied Badgers
for several years and this led to a degree in Zoology at Southampton University.
One of my early TV ventures was presenting the Children's BBC Wildlife
programme, The Really Wild Show.
It was so good that it won a BAFTA.
My more recent BBC programmes include X-Creatures and Watch Out as well as
Inside Out which has included a number of wildlife features.
of my favourite experiences during the filming of Nature's Calendar was watching
Dolphins in the Moray Firth.
The sight of these remarkable creatures
is truly awesome in spring.
Another favourite moment during the series
was my visit to Rathlin in Northern Ireland where I saw an amazing bird spectacle
on the cliffs of this rocky island.
Two hundred thousand birds pack onto
its cliffs and sea stacks in spring - making it bird central.
seen so many birds up close and personal.
highlight of the series was my trip to Buckland Newton in Dorset, a good place
to watch Badgers.
And spring is a really excellent time to watch some
of the UK's birds - especially breeding birds such as Peregrine Falcons at the
Falls of Clyde in Scotland.
People from the UK travel thousands and thousands
of miles for a sight like this without realising just what treasures we have on
our own doorstep.
This is exactly what our programme sets out to do - raise
awareness of the depth and diversity of wildlife, fauna and flora around the British
Wildlife through a lens
on Nature's Calendar and Nest Box Special has been really great fun.
It has given me the chance to revisit some fantastic places around the British
Isles as well as finding new ones that made filming a real treat.
stayed in some dodgy 'Fawlty Towers' style hotels, endured bouts of sea sickness,
survived bad weather, and eaten some strange local delicacies, but it's all been
I wouldn't have swapped this experience for anything, and
I hope that you will feel the same way too when you watch the TV series.
Most of all, I hope that Nature's Calendar will make you feel as passionate about
nature as I do.
So get off your sofa, get out there and enjoy the great
British outdoors. Its sure to satisfy the most curious of creatures!
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