Cruise Ship Speakers

Ornithology & Birdwatching
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Chris Bielby
Wildlife & Natural History
Coming from: Yarm,  Cleveland  UK
Chris has had a lifelong interest in Natural History. Since retiring from teaching after 32 years, he has sailed on adventure cruise ships as part of the Organisation Cetacea (ORCA) survey teams, giving presentations to passengers about Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises as well as Birds, Ecological issues, Butterflies & Wild Flowers. Chris tries to spend as much time on the outer decks with passengers, spotting all the wildlife.

Ian Bullock
Marine Wildlife Expert
Coming from: St. Davids,  Pembrokeshire  UK
Ian, who lives on the south-western seaboard of Wales, trained as a zoologist and since 1978 has specialised in seabird surveys, conservation of endangered species and habitat management on remote island nature reserves. For 25 years he worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds as both research biologist and nature reserve warden, establishing new reserves for conservation and managing offshore islands. Since 1990 he has also worked as guide and lecturer on cruise ships sharing his love of the sea, wildlife and wilderness.

Clive Catchpole
Professor of Animal Behaviour, University of London
Coming from: Wells-next-the-Sea,  Norfolk  UK
Clive is a professional zoologist with an international reputation for his research on wildlife biology in many parts of the world. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Animal Behaviour at the University of London. Clive has lectured all over the world and broadcast on many aspects of animal life for over 30 years. As an enrichment lecturer, he is able to bring to life the amazing world of animal behaviour in lavishly illustrated and lively presentations. His talks can be tailored to particular parts of the world where passengers look forward to seeing the local wildlife on excursions.

David Chilcott
Coming from: Hayle,  Cornwall  UK
David has been a keen naturalist all his life but in his earlier years he dedicated his research to wildlife found in the United Kingdom, focussing on bird surveys. He has travelled widely around the world, spotting and photographing some amazing wildlife. David maintains that cruise ships are great platforms for watching marine life, with a huge variety of species providing enormous enjoyment to passengers. Recently he has created a website showing the incredible depth of wildlife that can be seen whilst cruising.

Jeffrey Clarke
Naturalist and Nature Photographer
Professional Ecologist, Wildlife Tour Leader and Professional Speaker
Coming from: Warrington,  Cheshire  UK
Jeff has a passion for the natural world and he loves sharing that enthusiasm with as many people as possible. As an environmental educator with 26 years of experience Jeff can bring innovation, inspiration and fun to his talks. As an experienced ecologist, with expertise across a wide range of taxon groups, Jeff is a popular speaker on a wide range of subjects related to the natural environment and wildlife. All his talks are liberally sprinkled with humour and anecdotes that guarantees a memorable experience for the audience.

Dr. Kevin Elsby
Ornithology, Wildlife & Natural History
Wildlife Photography and Tour Guide. FRPS. University lecturer
Coming from: Colby,  Norfolk  UK
Kevin is a full time General Medical Practitioner, but uses his spare time to travel and see wildlife. Over the years, he has travelled extensively and has a particular interest in the Wildlife and Environment of both the Arctic and Antarctic regions, and tropical rainforests. Kevin also has a Master's degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation and lectures on wildlife to a wide variety of organisations.

John Hobson
Ornithology & Cetaceans
M.Sc.(Eng.), DIC
Coming from: Storrington,  West Sussex  UK
John is an ornithologist who has been birding for over 40 years, is a member of a number of national and local Ornithological Societies, and was the Recorder for birds for the county of Sussex, 2000 - 2004. He has travelled widely in pursuit of his wildlife interests. His main Wildlife interests are Birds and Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises).

Peter Holden MBE
Ornithology & Wildlife
Extra-mural Lecturer for Cambridge University
Coming from: Bedford,  Bedfordshire  UK
Peter has been passionately interested in birds and wildlife for as long as he can remember! He has the distinction of having been the longest serving staff member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), having worked there for over 40 years. Peter is also a keen natural history photographer and enjoys the challenge of getting wildlife shots during cruises to incorporate into onboard lecturers to help passengers understand and enjoy the local environment.

David Horsley
Wildlife Biologist
PhD in Evolutionary Genetics
Coming from: Holt,  Norfolk  UK
After leaving research David has been much involved in various aspects of Biological Education. His interest in and passion for wildlife photography and videography provides most of the material for his lectures. This includes material from Europe including particularly the whole of Scandinavia and Iberia, as well as good detail of wildlife of the Caribbean, Falkland Islands, Coastal South America, Australia & Peru.

Peter Mawby
Ornithologist & Research Ecologist
Coming from: Lancaster,  Lancashire  UK
As an ornithologist and research ecologist with a particular interest in the North Atlantic, Peter has travelled widely and is a regular cruise lecturer. His talks, which will be entertaining as well as informative, introduce the audience to the wildlife and ecology of the areas to be visited. When not lecturing, Peter is always happy to accompany tours or provide an on-board commentary.

David Parkin
Ornithologist & Natural Historian
Emeritus Professor - University of Nottingham
Coming from: Trowell,  Nottinghamshire  UK
Raised on Tyneside, David started birding at school. The local Natural History Society motivated him to study Zoology and led to a successful university career, culminating as Nottingham's Professor of Avian Genetics. For 40 years David has enjoyed lecturing on birds and wildlife to a variety of organisations. On retiring he developed lectures for cruise audiences, tailoring these to the shipís itinerary and including a mix of illustrative talks and others on the science behind bird biology and conservation. Escorting ashore or out on deck, he is always keen to share his enthusiasm for birds.

Pete Raine
Nature & Conservation
Coming from: Nr Ashford,  Kent  UK
Pete is a lifelong naturalist, and an experienced lecturer, writer and broadcaster. He holds an MSc in wildlife conservation from University College London. After an early career as a chartered accountant, Peteís work has always revolved around the environment. He has given numerous slide lectures in the UK, lecture tours of Australia, Germany and Holland and over 150 wildlife radio programmes on Radio Kent. He enjoys sharing his experience and passion about birds, plants, insects, and about the history of the planet and the forces that have made our wildlife what it is.

Sue Scott
Marine Biologist and Natural History Photographer
Coming from: Lochcarron,  Ross-Shire  UK
Sue is a marine biologist and underwater photographer, with a particular interest in life in cold waters around Scotland and the North Atlantic. She has contributed to "Dive", "BBC Wildlife" and "British Wildlife" magazines, and a number of books including the Dorling Kindersley volume "Oceans". At sea, she is also particularly interested in cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and seabirds, and spends time on deck with passengers helping them spot and identify the wildlife.

Michael Scott OBE
Natural History Writer & Broadcaster
Coming from: Lochcarron,  Ross-Shire  UK
Michael is a natural history writer, consultant, and broadcaster, based in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. He is a botanist by training, but with a general interest in all natural history. Since 2005, Michael has been happily jumping onto cruise ships, anywhere from Greenland to Antarctica (and the warm places in between) with talks relating to the wildlife and environment of the areas visited. He usually travels with his wife, Sue, a marine biologist, and they both regard being on deck helping passengers spot and identify seabirds, whales and dolphins as an important and enjoyable part of their role on the ship.

Sue Walsh
Naturalist & Ornithologist
Personal Development
Coming from: Hove,  East Sussex  UK
Sue has travelled widely from the poles to the equator. Her main interest is in finding and watching the birds but she has an interest in all aspects of the natural world. She now has over 3000 bird species on her life list and that list continues to grow. Watching the birds has taken her off the beaten track to some extraordinary places. She is also a Bird Ringer which she is finding to be a challenging and exciting new venture and which allows her to travel and ring birds all over the world.

James Weston
Natural Historian
Coming from: Bognor Regis,  West Sussex  UK
Jim was born and bred in West Sussex. He has had a chequered career which has included being a greengrocer, a hospital porter, a theatrical agent, a social worker and a gardener. His major career time was spent as a social worker where he specialised in child protection and training. Jimís interests, other than sport, have involved local natural history. He is a keen bird watcher with many years experience and has traveled world wide pursuing this hobby. Jim is a frequent speaker at local organisation and groups usually presenting subjects linked to natural history.

Nick Williams
Wildlife Photography & Travel
Coming from: Rippingale.,  Lincolnshire  UK
Nick had a long career as a teacher, eventually becoming a head teacher. Since he retired in 1989, he has travelled the world taking photographs of wildlife, people and places, making a living giving presentations. His shows are highly informative as well as being entertaining, with lots of anecdotes, stories and atmospheric music- a formula that has led to him being re-booked year after year.