Ivan grew up in East Yorkshire and spent much of his formative years helping his father manage the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserves at Kiplingcoates and Rifle Butts quarries or visiting sites such as Filey and Flamborough with Beverley Naturalists Society. He went on to do a degree in photography and then got a job with the RSPB at Sandy in charge of the Birdbus, a travelling exhibition and education centre. 27 years later he’s still with RSPB managing a small team responsible for training staff and volunteers in visitor experience, recruitment, how visitors perceive the organisation etc. He moved back to Beverley and works from home and has noticed an uncanny frequency of good sightings happening when he’s at his desk at home or many miles away delivering courses. He does still get to do some photography as well, some of which is here. Since the early 90’s he’s also been a tour leader for Honeyguide Wildlife Holidays helping people get great views of nature in many countries in Europe and at the same time generate much needed funds for BirdLife International. He now also helps YCN provide people with great views and pictures of our local wildlife and support local conservation. He’s very good at feeding gannets!