David lives in Suffolk, where he has recently retired from full-time teaching, although he continues to do part-time maths tutoring and sports coaching, and enjoys singing in various local choirs. He has been a keen birdwatcher since his primary school days and still has his notebooks from the early 1970s to prove it! David ran bird clubs at his schools and is proud of the fact that several of the boys who he inspired as 11-year-olds are now working in full-time conservation; he continues to encourage young birdwatchers whenever possible.
In 2008, he used a sabbatical to spend three months in Southeast Asia, which included a successful quest to find the endangered White-eared Night Heron in Vietnam.
At home in Suffolk, David puts his love of bird songs and calls to good use, running surveys to monitor breeding birds in the spring and searching out migrant passerines in the autumn. He co-ordinates the submission of Suffolk’s records to the national Rare Breeding Birds Panel.
David has been leading tours on and off since 1986 and in the last 10 years has focused on Europe, North Africa, Asia and South America. He has enjoyed developing his interest in butterflies and dragonflies as well as birds. David’s boundless energy and enthusiasm, coupled with a determination to ensure that everyone in the group sees the birds, has made him very popular with clients both on the tours he led for Ornitholidays between 2007 and 2018 and, more recently, since becoming part of the Limosa team in 2019.