Hello, I’m Andrew AKA WalkaboutLad.

Greno Wood, Sheffield, was my stomping ground as a youngster and it’s there that I developed my love for nature. I would follow my uncle Stephen around the woods looking for bird nests, badger setts, rabbit warrens, fallen deer antlers, and anthills. In fact, anything and everything would be observed in the wild or taken home to look at more closely. Perhaps keeping a frog in a suitcase under my bed was taking it a bit far. However, my mum had warned me that I would be out if any more wild animals came into the family home!

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One of the many fledglings that I studied as a youngster. This time it’s a house sparrow that I’m sharing with my sister and brother.

I continued to learn about animals after moving to Shropshire as a 12-year-old. I moved on to breeding gerbils, hamsters, and finches; the offspring of which were sold to local pet shops to fund their upkeep. Notes were made on which animals had mated with each other and forecasts were made of the ensuing colouration of the youngsters. Little did I know at the time but I was nearly following in the footsteps of a famous Shropshire man – Charles Darwin.

I can typically be found out and about searching for signs of mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects. These honed tracking skills have been put to good use in the Australia’s ‘Red Centre’ tracking down the black-footed rock-wallaby and various reptile species. I have made several visits to the Australian outback to work as a field ecologist and there my passion for nature has crossed international boundaries and evolutionary paths.

Australian ecology work
The Shropshire Star ran a feature on me in 2010 as I’d headed to remote Australia to study wildlife. (Click image to read the article.)

I am happiest when amongst nature; this has always been the case. Nothing makes me feel more alive than when all of my senses are stimulated by the natural world. I really cannot get enough!

Me and a Thorny Devil at Newhaven
The thorny devil is a fascinating reptile and I was really pleased to find one in the ‘Red Centre’ and be able to take a closer look.

In the past I have worked as a primary school teacher, ecologist, countryside manager, conservation officer, and woodland manager. Nowadays, I have the privilege of working with trees and communities in north Wales.

Yorkshire Life Urban Buzz
Yorkshire Life magazine published an article promoting the great work of York’s residents in making Urban Buzz York a great success. (Click image for further info.)

I am passionate about sharing the natural world with others and ‘Making Connections Between People and Nature’.