TV Presenting and public speaking
My first experiences of TV presenting were all connected to my work in Mauritania and the discovery of isolated populations of Nile Crocodiles in dry gullies, burrows and temporary wetlands in the east of the country. I was scientific adviser and presenter on the GEO / ARTE 360 documentary entitled ‘In the Tracks of the Desert Crocodile’ which aired in French and German in 2001.
Then Dave Allen wove my story with that of sacred crocodiles in Egypt to make the BBC Natural World Documentary Lost Crocodiles of the Pharaohs. Lost Crocs was nominated twice at Wildscreen and twice at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.
I joined the BBC for a 6 week expedition to Borneo to find new species and uncover the threats to the rainforest ecosystem in 2006. The 5 part series Expedition Borneo aired on BBC 1 in 2007 and follows the team through the rainforest, down rivers, into caves and up mountains to uncover the people, animals and plants that make the island so special. We also examined the threats to these ecosystems and the actions needed to protect the wonders we discovered so that local communities and the wider world can enjoy them for posterity.
Drawing on my interest in finding solutions to climate change, I presented part of the Technology episode of Brave New World with Stephen Hawking which aired on Channel 4 in 2011. I visited Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates to look at how traditional knowledge and new technology can work together to create a sustainable city.
Most recently I presented the Cork episode of Wild Cities for RTE 1. The series was commissoned by RTE and made by Crossing the Line Films. The Cork episode which explores all the city has to offer from grey herons to terrapins and dippers to ladybirds. You can read more on my post and in these reviews.
I am now filming A Wild Irish Year with Crossing The Line Films. Watch this space.
I enjoy speaking about all aspects of my work from climate change to wildlife adventures. Recent examples include:
REPAK 20th Anniversary event where I spoke about zero waste and recycling.
Taste of Tourism Northern Ireland 2016 where I spoke about food and sustainability.
The KerryGold Ballymaloe Litfest where I had the pleasure of combining all things sustainability with my other passion, good food
The first Climate Change Congress at the National University of Ireland Galway in 2015
My agent for all things TV, media and public speaking is Jo Sarsby and she can be contacted here.