I have been a countryside enthusiast since being able to walk! Born and bred in the Surrey countryside, and given the freedom to roam, my life was full of wildlife and exploring. I soon became adept at recognising birds, mammals, insects and plants by sight and, as a bonus, became very proficient at recalling sounds thus birdsong has become one of my specialities.
Later in life I developed my interests further and spent many years working a smallholding with cattle, sheep, poultry, bee keeping plus vegetables and fruit growing. I also developed an enthusiasm and closer bond with “wild food” hence foraged plants, nuts, fruit and hunted meats have been on the menu as a matter of course.
One way that I have really enjoyed the countryside has been my interest in bushcraft, “primitive” technology and survival techniques. I have been sharing this knowledge with scouts and young people for many years and am a qualified Bushcraft Instructor.
I have always enjoyed sharing my countryside experiences and have written articles for many relevant magazines and periodicals. I even presented my own monthly radio show on Eagle Radio for 4 years which was extremely popular! I have led many, many walks for individuals, social groups or natural history societies – not to mention the masses of expeditions led with the Scout movement and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award!
I now have the opportunity to share my experience and knowledge further – I want to help others gain access to our wonderful countryside, and add real depth to that experience by offering a service finely tuned to their interest. Not just a stroll here and there, but an adventure where they will learn something new, see something beautiful, hear something astonishing. Take a look on what is on offer on the website, but, if you can’t see exactly what you want, please feel free to challenge me! The countryside and all that happens amongst it is a broad canvas and it’s in my best knowledge to share that with you!!
Book Jonnie As A Speaker!
You can hire me to come and talk about nature, wildlife or any aspect of the great outdoors. I am happy to travel to your location and bring the outside experience to the comfort of your chair through the power of words. Having spoken to many groups at various events and had a monthly radio show, I can share the enthusiasm and capture the audience’s imagination with an informative and intriguing talk.
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