Behind the lens
Professionally qualified as a biologist, Ian is a noted expert on sharks and it was his shark research that first brought him to the BBC, working in natural history film-making in the early 1990s.
Ian Fergusson is part of the BBC West weather team, working alongside Jemma Cooper and Richard Angwin, helping to provide forecasts for the whole of the region.
Ian and Jemma work mostly on television breakfast and weekend forecasts, as well as providing morning forecasts for BBC local radio stations across Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Swindon and Somerset.
Ian has been a self-professed 'weather fanatic' since childhood, combining his scientific background with an in-depth knowledge of meteorology.
Ian thinks he's got the perfect job: "In essence, my role is telling our audience a science story - originated by some of the world's best meteorologists, at the Met Office - in a timely, straightforward way. I love my work - even at 4 am in the morning!"
He has featured as a presenter and expert contributor across a range of other programmes, including Channel 4's Equinox; Jaws in the Med; ITV/ Discovery's Sharks on Trial; BBC's Newsnight; Blue Peter; Live & Kicking; and many BBC radio programmes.
In December 2008 - minus his suit and tie - he appeared in BBC Two's landmark natural history series, Oceans.
After varied stints as a weather presenter for local TV in Hertfordshire; a freelance cameraman and then manager of Press and PR at BBC Bristol, Ian became a staff cameraman with BBC West in early 2006.
In 2007, he won the Royal Television Society's West of England Craft Award for Camerawork, having been nominated for the same award in 2006.
Ian lives on the outskirts of Bristol, but has strong ties to Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire, where his children live.
He's a Formula One motor-racing fanatic and longstanding fan of Hertfordshire-born World Champion Lewis Hamilton.
Ian's also played bass guitar since the age of 14.
last updated: 05/08/2009 at 15:09