Salisbury Plain

It’s been a while but I thought it was about time that I wrote a blog about a typical day as a Naturalist on board the National Geographic Explorer. And what better location to do so than from Salibury Plain. The second largest king penguin colony on the island, Salisbury Plain lies within the Bay […]


And The Rest…..

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Antarctica

Something that surprised me about my recent visit to the Antarctic Peninsula was that the ice was equally as impressive as the Killer Whales, Leopard Seals and the Humpbacks. Nothing can prepare you for the different shades of blue captured within these floating structures and the size of the slabs is simply staggering!  Fortunately conditions […]


Killer Whales

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Antarctica

Next to tick off the bucket list, the world’s top ocean predator – the killer whales. Having never seen these before, I travelled to Antarctica with very high expectations, knowing estimates of these animals in Antarctic waters to be somewhere in the region of 70-80,000. On just our second day in Antarctic waters, we kept […]


Humpback Whales

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Antarctica

  Another blog from my latest amazing trip to Antarctica, focussing on Humpback whales this time. You’ll be glad to know that there is less blood than in the previous post. Having lived for a year on South Georgia, immersed in the depressing history of Antarctic whaling and the impact of humans on Baleen whales, […]


Leopard Seal Vs Gentoo Penguin

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Antarctica

CAUTION: “Nature red in tooth and claw” warning. This post contains graphic pictures which some readers may find disturbing. My recent trip to Antarctica had many incredible highlights. I was lucky enough to see a ridiculous amount of wildlife with many memorable encounters. Leopard seals are number two in the Antarctic food chain, second only to […]



This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Antarctica

Just a quck update from my latest travels. I am currently working as a Naturalist for National Geographic Expeditions. It has been my job to guide lucky passengers on board the National Geographic Explorer around the Antarctic wildlife. During the past few weeks, I have been lucky enough to share the very best wildlife watching […]



This entry is part 1 of 47 in the series British Antarctic Survey

WARNING! NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED. PLEASE DON’T CONTINUE READING THIS POST IF YOU ARE AT ALL SQUEAMISH. Although not the prettiest birds to grace the planet, if you ever get the chance to see giant petrels in the wild, they will command your respect like few others. There is nothing quite like watching the coming […]


South Georgia for Kids!!!!

This entry is part 44 of 47 in the series British Antarctic Survey

I was recently approached by Will Harper-Penrose from Woodmansterne Primary School and Children’s Centre via the wonderful medium of Twitter. His year two pupils were learning about the Antarctic and exploration, and he got in touch to ask about the possibilities of doing a Q&A Skype session. Unfortunately, South Georgia’s internet connection was not up to a Skype […]