About Me

Peter AlfreyPeter has been interested in wildlife from an early age which kept him out of trouble. He studied environmental sciences at Plymouth University and was awarded the University Book Seller Prize for best dissertation in 1995. He went on to study for a Masters at Exeter University and finally got a proper job, aged 27, working in mine and quarry restoration.

Discovering that the real world meant little time to pursue fascinating but fiscally profitless activities, led Peter to declare himself self-employed. He then went on to set up, with his brother Steve, an environmental management business and decided to use the profits from this for exploration/research and conservation projects. Soon the business became successful (recently won an award for environmental excellence) with regular clients including major conservation organisations, local authorities and private housing/companies and charities.

Business success has made it possible to fund conservation and research at both his local patch at Beddington Farmlands and his foreign patch the Azores. Locally Peter is on the Local Authority Environment Development Group and a member of the Conservation Science Group for the development of Beddington Farmlands into a major urban nature reserve. He is also a member of the executive committee for the Beddington Farmlands Bird Group, leads regular public tours, is editor of the annual bird and wildlife report for the site and has also published The Birds of Beddington Farmlands.

He leads annual exploration trips to the Azores and is a regular contributor to the leading European birding periodicals and other nature media and is also a member of the rarities committee for Portugal's Birdlife International Partner SPEA. He has presented for BBC Natural World, BBC and ITN News and also featured in other nature documentaries and films.

Peter also enjoys playing guitar and writing music and is involved in an art/music project aimed at promoting natural history to young audiences www.littleooakgroup.com.