My career has been varied but based on geology (Oxford), soil land capability (Reading), and landscape expertise. I live in Dartmoor, but in the wooded margins.
My working life has offered me insights into a wide range of landscapes. In the early part of my career I worked across the world – underground as gold mine geologist in South Africa; lectured geology and landform at the American University of Beirut; walked 2000kms through sahel and guinean landscapes as a diamond prospector in Mali (reconnaissance), and then Sierra Leone’s degraded wet tropical (mine based); personally completed two desert soil surveys, in Abu Dhabi and Oman; and travelled and worked in South American Amazonian territories, Fernando Po, Mexico, and the Bahama Islands.
Returning to the UK, I then worked for six years with the Countryside Commission in South East England. For the past 25 years I have been an independent consultant in airphoto interpretation and landscape mapping, both rural and urban, now mostly involved in legal disputes (dry but lucrative). Examples of my work during this period include mapping vegetation and recreation landscape in Exmoor and the New Forest; hedges structure and historic losses in Hampshire; habitat loss of West Berkshire; ffridd distribution in Snowdonia National Park; a ‘NCC Phase 1 habitat survey’ of West Sussex ; and urban fabric and land use mapping in London, Liverpool and Doncaster. During this period I spent four years as visiting tutor in airphoto interpretation at Cambridge.
I have been a member of the Committee of the original Landscape Research Group since 1971, and a Director from 1983 to 2009, and have enjoyed being Editor of Landscape Research Extra for over 20 years, from 1988 to the present. I have now been given honorary life membership of the Group, of which I am very proud.