Inspired Projects

My mission extends beyond mere conservation advocacy; it's a pledge to bolster small, local wildlife and conservation charities through the art of visual storytelling. Leveraging my photographic skills, I aim not only to highlight the indispensable work of these organisations but also to shine a light on the dedicated individuals at their core. From volunteers tirelessly nurturing our ecosystems to scientists unravelling the secrets of sustainable coexistence, my images and videos strive to capture the essence of their commitment, telling the impactful stories of their contributions to preserving our natural world. By showcasing the crucial grazing roles of Dartmoor ponies or the symbiotic relationships within ecosystems, My Inspired By Wildlife initiative endeavours to deepen public understanding and appreciation of the meticulous balance our environment thrives on, driven by the passionate efforts of those who serve it.

DPHT

Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

Since 2010, my endeavor, Inspired By Wildlife, has been dedicated to capturing a compelling suite of images and videos that illuminate the critical role of the Dartmoor pony in the landscape's ecological balance. This project aligns with and supports the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust's Management Plan, focusing on:

 

  • Elevating the significance of Dartmoor ponies in conservation grazing and its wider recognition.
  • Enhancing and fostering biodiversity across Dartmoor.
  • Preserving the unique habitats formed by the ponies, which are crucial for various species, including those listed on the BoCC Red and Amber lists.

 

At the heart of this initiative is Bellever, a 450-hectare conservation jewel managed by the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust since 2008. Renowned for its high biodiversity and archaeological importance, Bellever serves as an educational and conservation hub.

MALS3658-Edit
653A0335
653A2656
Duchy of Cornwall

Duchy of Cornwall Dartmoor Curlew Project

The Dartmoor Curlew Conservation Initiative

The haunting call of the Curlew, once a familiar echo across Dartmoor, has become a poignant symbol of the challenges facing our native wildlife. Facing a dramatic decline nationally, the Curlew is now listed on the UK Birds of Conservation Concern's 'Red List'. Dartmoor stands as a critical sanctuary for one of the most southerly breeding populations of this iconic species, which has seen an 85% reduction in Devon since 1985.

 

Inspired by the dedicated interest of His Royal Highness, King Charles III, in Curlew conservation, efforts to monitor and protect these birds on Dartmoor have been ongoing since 2005. Initial findings revealed a precarious situation, with only a handful of nesting pairs facing significant predation threats. In response, the National Curlew Summit of 2018, convened by His Royal Highness on Dartmoor, catalyzed the development of a multifaceted conservation strategy. This strategy encompasses habitat enhancement, targeted predator control, and an innovative 'head-starting' program developed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) to bolster the Curlew population.

MSR56244
MSR51496
MSR50129
River Teign Restoration

River Teign Restoration Project

Embarking on a transformative journey to rejuvenate the River Teign and its tributaries, our four-year River Teign Restoration Initiative focuses on enhancing the habitat for migratory fish species, particularly Salmon and Seatrout. This ambitious project, fueled by a generous £243,100 grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, represents a collaborative endeavor led by the Teign Angling & Conservation Association (TACA) in partnership with the National Trust, Westcountry Rivers Trust, Environment Agency, MED Theatre, and celebrated artist Peter Randall-Page.

 

Launched in February 2021 and steered by two dedicated part-time project officers, our mission extends across the river's catchment area. We aim to cultivate a passionate volunteer force committed to habitat restoration, bolster awareness of the river's critical role in supporting wildlife, and address the challenges leading to fish population declines. Recognizing that a river teeming with life is a bellwether for overall ecological health, our project underscores the interconnectedness of all catchment inhabitants — from the smallest aquatic life forms to the human communities that thrive along its banks.

 

The team asked me to build, design and host the River Teign Restoration Project website.

Scroll to Top