Writing and editing

“I worked alongside David for 10 years on Birdwatch magazine. In that time, he turned his hand to a wide range of tasks, including research, writing, editing and proofreading. His writing style is interesting and informative while remaining entertaining and free from jargon. Editing his work was never a chore – it was always delivered on time, within the word count and with a high degree of accuracy.” Rebecca Armstrong, Editor, Birdwatch magazine

My first book – published by Bloomsbury's specialist imprint, Christopher Helm – was well-reviewed in most national newspapers: 

"... uses a familiar format to tell the story of how we came to watch birds in a new and quirky way" Stephen Moss, The Guardian

"Glorious ... a most enjoyable compendium" Stuart Winter, Sunday Express

"A fascinating testimony to the hold birds have exerted on our collective consciousness" Roy Wilkinson, Caught by the River

Bird guiding

“We had a fantastic trip to the Cairngorms with David, who has a vast knowledge and ability to identify birds from just a brief sighting or song, and a real passion for birding which is infectious. He was happy to take things at our own pace and I’d thoroughly recommend a tour with David – you'll learn a lot about the birds and you’ll have a fun day with great company!” Louise Carter, Essex

“Not only is David an expert in spotting and identifying birds, he also has a passion that translates into entertaining and informative descriptions of bird behaviour. I would highly recommend him as a guide. I saw so many birds that without his expertise I would have missed.”
Julie Bisset, Ilkley, West Yorkshire

“David is a great guide, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Our visits to Rainham Marshes were very enjoyable and I saw lots of birds that I wouldn't have noticed without his excellent guiding skills.” Charlotte Simpson, Cardiff