Chris has worked as an ornithologist for over 20 years, combining field surveys throughout the UK with leading birding tours worldwide, and more recently writing texts for field guides.
His travels around the world have included participation in survey expeditions to Kazakstan, Turkey, Yemen, and many months field experience throughout mainland Asia and the Middle East.
He has been involved in adding species to the bird list of four different countries – Swainson’s Hawk in Dominican Republic, Hodgson’s Frogmouth in Bhutan, Lesser Yellowlegs in Tunisia, and Baird’s Sandpiper in Greece.
His recent projects include bird surveys of upland sites across Scotland and the north of England, with particular emphasis on breeding raptors and waders.
Chris has conducted a ten-year study of bird populations on a farm in the Vale of Pickering and undertaken studies of Lapwing productivity on wet grassland sites in Kent and North Yorkshire and surveys of urban-nesting gulls in North Yorkshire.
He has been involved in ongoing studies of migration in North Yorkshire, with an emphasis on visible migration of passerines and seabird movements.
Elsewhere he has been writing species accounts for Field Guides recently published by Lynx Edicions, including titles covering Vietnam, Cambodia, West Indies and other titles in preparation including Malaysia.
An active ringer, he undertakes regular ringing during migration periods on the Yorkshire coast and serves as an editorial board member for the journal Sandgrouse. He was a member of the British Birds Rarities Committee between 2006-2016.Our team