Natural history has always played a large part in my life even before I qualified as a biology teacher decades ago. I shared my enthusiasm with my pupils even when I became a Primary school headteacher. I later worked for Nottingham Trent University in the Education faculty.
Now retired I volunteer for the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust helping with work parties and leading wildlife walks around their reserves. Since joining the local U3A I take members on these walks. I try to focus on aspects of wildlife which may not be mainstream e.g. e.g. looking under stones and behind tree bark. Searching for fungi is also popular. Other topics covered include pond life, wildflowers and the spread of ash dieback. I explain environmental management and biodiversity.
As the Natural History Adviser, I am available to facilitate members to set up their own Natural History interest groups. I would encourage existing groups to share their ideas and activities. My philosophy is to make the study of Natural History informative but above all fun.