Naturalist, Journalist, Broadcaster, Instagramer, Communicator, Videographer & Writer!
Working-Class ✔️ Brummie ✔️ LGBTQ+ ✔️ Irish Heritage ✔️ Neurodiverse ✔️
🎥 Level 5 – Higher National Diploma (HND) in Media (Moving Image). Conservation, Countryside & The Environment Level 3 Diploma. 💚
Firstly, I’ll explain ‘Canned Wildlife’ – which is a triple entendre, stemming from my former surname, Canning (I legally changed my Last Name to my Nan’s maiden name), my passion for natural history, and my love for film-making. Before digital-technological advancements, even documentaries were filmed on reels of tape (filmstrip), which were kept in canisters – so whatever the subject one filmed, essentially, was canned. Thus, Canned Wildlife!
Growing up (working-class) in semi-rural south Birmingham, bordering north Worcestershire and east Dudley, with a deep affinity for nature from a very early age, I like to promote the wildlife in and around the West Midlands – thus achieving a feature on BBC Midlands Today twice! Plus I have made packages for a local station, now called Birmingham TV.
Over the years I have volunteered for different projects with the Bat Conservation Trust, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, the RSPB, Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park, The Wildlife Trust and the National Trust, engaging visitors, other volunteers and staff, about the wildlife seen on site.
During the first COVID-19 Lockdown (2020) I became an ambassador for The Rivers Trust and in the October (2020) I was invited (and accepted) to become an ambassador to the UK Wild Otter Trust, hand picked by Gillian Burke! (BBC TV Presenter and Voice-Over Artist). Since December 2020 I have been helping my local community, by volunteering with the Northfield Food Service, which is formed (by local Labour members and Councillor Olly Armstrong) due to the (Tory) Government cutting the funding for free children’s school meals.
From May to July (2019) I was the Digital Marketing Apprentice at The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country. Sharing my passion for the natural world, I co-presented and co-produced The Wild Side on Cambridge TV, showcasing conservation and encouraging people to get out and see wildlife.
I have been fortunate to have filmed almost all over the U.K; Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Cumbria, Wirral, West & East Midlands region, Northumberland, the East Riding of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire & Rutland. Plus, the so called Home Counties & East Anglia.
For over 12 years I have been documenting nature. A series of my short videos entitled Wildlife Monthly, were featured by Reader’s Digest Magazine for over a year (2011-2012).
My videos often feature a conservation message and always encourages people to get out and see wildlife for themselves!
For two years I made videos at the BBC’s Gardeners’ World Live Show at the NEC, Birmingham – advocating wildlife gardening; interviewing the Editor-in-Chief of Gardeners’ World Magazine, two presenters from the show, and several show garden winners, all about the nature aspect of gardening, how important it is, and what they had done to encourage wildlife in their show gardens.