About Me

I'm a birder based in Northumberland, I've had a passion for nature and birds ever since childhood, I suspect spending weekends in the valleys of the Cheviots and some of Northumberland's great beaches rubbed off on me. Later, as a wandering teenager, exploring the semi-industrial coastal landscapes around South East Northumberland just reinforced my love of outdoors.

I worked in business management for 20 years for a UK business manufacturing in China, Indonesia, Bangladesh, North Africa and Eastern Europe, supplying product to some of the most well-known brands in the UK. In 2003 I took on a small local retail recovery project of my own. I successfully sold that business as a profitable one with a strong customer base in 2009 and having twins just starting school as well as a ten-year old at middle school I have been working freelance combining business experience and love of nature in a diverse number of areas.

Freelance Writing
As a freelance writer I have delivered projects such as the English Language version of the Birding Sevilla website; had birding travel articles published in both Bird Watching & Birdwatch magazines in the UK; had several articles published in the BAFTA award winning Birdguides webzine on varied subjects from rare birds, identification guides to conservation stories. As well as my own blog, I considered it a privilege to blog once per month at the superb 10 000 Birds for a couple of years. I'm happy to review bird-related products, books, optics and other equipment here on my blog. Always available to discuss the promotion, review and marketing of birding destinations and tours.

Bird News & Social Media
I work part-time at the cutting edge of rare bird news as part of the Birdguides News Team, successfully delivering rare & scarce bird news 365 days per year across Britain, Ireland & The Channel Isles. I am active and involved with social media, advising a number of organisations about how to get the best from social media in their businesses.


Charity
I served as Honorary Secretary of Northumberland & Tyneside Bird Club (2009-13) and have co-authored their annual report on five occasions (2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2011). I currently manage the club records database.

In my spare time when not running around after the kids I go birding.

Alan