Jim hails from the town of Cobh, County Cork, Ireland where he lives with his wife Ann. Before devoting his working life full-time to birds and wildlife he had a career as a biomedical scientist and IT Administrator in Cork University Hospital. He is a highly respected ornithologist and ecologist with more than 35 years of birding experience in Ireland, Europe, USA, Africa, Antarctic and the Arctic. He is a full-time freelance wildlife author, tour guide and broadcaster. His books include An Identification Guide to Irish Whales and Dolphins (2006), Irish Garden Birds (2008) and and The Birds of Ireland, A Field Guide (2013). He has also produced the DVDs Whales and Dolphins of Ireland (2004) and Bats of Ireland (2009). Jim is heavily involved in wildlife conservation in Ireland, and was national chairman of Birdwatch Ireland, Ireland's equivalent of the National Audubon Society and is a former director of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.