Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards

United Kingdom
Merseyside
Kirkby
Growing up in rural, coastal Scotland, as a kid I was surrounded by nature, which led to a lifelong love of wildlife. However, I only seriously started birding (and listing!) in 1994 during a period of post-graduation unemployment when I needed something better to do than watch TV and read job rejection letters!

I still consider myself to be primarily a birder. However, during the lockdown in 2020, I started trying to identify everything I could find in my garden, and so fell into pan-fauna listing (I don't really "do" plants and fungi, only taking note of ones that catch my eye), with spiders and leafmines now being particular newfound loves.

Initially, my birding efforts were centred around Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire. Now living in Merseyside, my routine wildlife-hunting is mostly in Lancashire and Cheshire. It can be quite casual in nature, many species being found by chance, rather than by design.

I enjoy travel, both within the UK and abroad, and have always tried to find opportunities to look for wildlife when travelling, even on family holidays and business trips. My ambition is to visit Costa Rica, New Zealand and Antarctica.
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor)
Dark-edged Bee-fly (Bombylius major)
Purseweb Spider (Atypus affinis)
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Number of lists: 7
Simon Edwards