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Born and bred in Nottingham Jack is primarily a freelance underwater & wildlife cameraman with a deep passion for the natural world. He’s particularly interested in the less liked species such as reptiles, amphibians and fish but does occasionally pay attention to furry and feathery things. Starting out learning photography from 16 he eventually went to university in Falmouth earning a degree in BA (Hons) Marine & Natural History Photography spending most of his days rockpooling and enjoying the local pubs.


Shortly after graduating Jack focused more on moving image and has since worked for dozens of wildlife and angling tv programmes including Springwatch, The One Show, Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing and The Great British Year. Jack also appears infront of the camera and has presented several films for Countryfile. He's gone on to work on David Attenboroughs "Wild Isles" & Filmed in Alaska for an upcoming BBC series.


Freshwater fish are certainly what Jack is best known for being termed the “fish twitcher” by the BBC for hunting around the UK to film every British freshwater fish a task that took seven years for him to complete and find all 54. For Scottish Lochs to Southern Chalkstreams there aren’t many waterways Jack hasn’t dipped in.


Jack has written two books "Freshwater Fishes of Britain" & "Field Guide to Pond & River Wildlife of Britain & Europe”. His work has featured in lots of other books and prominently with long time collaborator Mark Everard in his book “The Complex Lives of Britain’s Freshwater Fishes”. He has also written for many magazines including BBC Wildlife, Outdoor Photography and Diver to name a few and had regular columns for Anglers Mail & Fallons Angler.

As of 2023 Jack is writing two new books with Bloomsbury one on British Rivers and the other a field guide to UK fish.


Jack is a proud vice president of Wildfish Conservation and works in partnership with Hammond Drysuits and Fotospeed.


In His spare time he hosts the “Bearded Tit’s Podcast” a light hearted look at nature subjects with different guests each week. He also occasionally gets to indulge in a bit of fishing but not as much as he’d like!

Jack is passionate about teaching others and as well as my own talks and private photo workshops he runs short courses on wildlife photography with Nottingham Trent University and a part time lecturer for the MSc Biological Photography and Imaging at the University of Nottingham. He studied down in Falmouth, Cornwall for a degree in BA (Hons) Marine & Natural History Photography

As well as photography the conservation side of things is important to me: working and volunteering for organisations like The Wildlife trusts, Canal & River Trust, and RSPB doing a range of surveys, recording sightings and photographic work.


About Jack
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ZSL Zoo Commission

Cairngorms National Park

Presenting for The One Show

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Scuba diving with huge pike

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