Young member number four for A Focus On Nature; a fantastic entry to kickstart 2013…
#4 Matt Williams, MPhil in Development Studies, The University of Cambridge
Climate Change Policy Officer, RSPB
Considering that Matt is only in his mid-twenties, he has accomplished a tremendous amount in order to further his career in nature conservation. As well as his employment with the RSPB, he is the co-director of UKYCC, or the UK Youth Climate Coalition. His enthusiasm, connections, innovative ideas and general helpfulness have made him an invaluable member of the AFON team, so much so that he is heading up the first of our projects, taking place in April, and will be further involved in many further areas.
His specialist areas of interest include climate change, youth engagement, membership recruitment, and he is now exploring photography. With those areas in mind, A Focus On Nature has chosen to pair him up with Stephen Moss (naturalist, TV producer, nature writer and broadcaster), who authored the Natural Childhood report for the Natural Trust, and David Tipling, renowned nature and wildlife photographer.
The Entry: “My entry is my wildlife photography. I’ve been birdwatching and wildlife watching since the age of five, but only began taking photos about five years ago. I find that wildlife photography combines the enjoyment of watching and being enthralled by magic moments with nature, with the beauty of creating something artistic.”
“For me, my photos represent moments – special moments experienced only by the creature or plant and the viewer. There is something magical about being alone and watching a bird, insect or mammal, knowing that you are the only person in the world who will ever witness that moment. My photos are an attempt to encapsulate that magic and to share it with others. They are also usually of British wildlife, and therefore an attempt to showcase the amazing wildlife that you don’t even need to go abroad to see.”
Favourite wildlife presenter: “Unquestionably Chris Packham. As a child of the 1990s, I grew up on his wild hairdo. I’ve been lucky enough to meet Chris in person a couple of times, and it’s always nice to discover that someone from television whom you admire is as nice in real life as they are on screen.”